Recently, the rumblings from providers who are unhappy with their Ofsted inspector, or inspection process, being unfair has been getting louder (unrelated to final grading in many cases). We are not the only people to have noticed, the Pre-School Learning Alliance have just produced their manifesto stating “confidence in Ofsted has fallen following increasingly frequent reports of unfair judgements, underqualified inspectors and generally unpleasant inspection experiences.” (They also voice concerns about funding and schoolification – areas I think we can all agree need some consideration from the government)
With the common inspection framework on the horizon (watch this space for all the latest information) maybe, just maybe, we can hope for something better. But just to keep us guessing, Ofsted have decided to release a new inspection handbook – we can’t work out why this has happened with so little time before the CIF arrives, but ours is not reason why after all.
With a lot of rewriting and small changes it was a challenge to find out what is actually new, but they have stated that at least one child (if any) who receives EYPP funding will definitely be tracked. They have also changed the process for inspections in the event of a reportable incident or parent complaint at a nursery. Now they carry out a risk assessment to determine if a full inspection is required and expect to see a provider making changes to improve in the area. This section (on page 5-7) is well worth reading if you want to be a ‘responsible provider’!
About the author: Tricia Wellings
Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.
You can find our more about Tricia on her website www.triciawellings.co.uk