You’d think it had been a slow week in Government this week, but not content with dealing with the fall out of the Lords defeat, it seems not one but two consultations have crept up on us. You’d think they were trying to keep them a bit low key… the last thing we need to cope with at the moment is more changes to Ofsted & EYFS frameworks! So what’s it all about?
The first Consultation has implications for further Ofsted inspections starting in May 2016- no they are not looking to change the CIF. However, it relates to how local areas meet their responsibilities for children with SEN and Disabilities and will involve visits to early years settings but as they state…
It is important to note that these settings will not be under inspection and, therefore, inspectors will not judge the effectiveness of these settings; the purpose of the visits is for inspectors to gain a thorough understanding of how all those providers, taken together, work collaboratively, including with the local authority and health services, to meet the needs of children and young people.
Unlike the sparsely worded ‘Call for Evidence’ we had on the funding in the Summer, this consultation seems to have several suggestions as to what Ofsted want to inspect on. We need to be responding on these things in order to drive improvement, especially in our being able to identify SEND in these children in our settings and being respected as professionals to do this.
So yesterday a consultation was started that looks to change the EYFS Framework in respect to Paediatric First Aid (PFA) requirements for newly qualified staff and those who voluntarily train the whole team and will then look to obtain the new Millie’s Mark. On closer inspection they are consulting on things like, should this be Emergency PFA rather than the full PFA one i.e. 6 hours or 1 day instead of 2 days and should this be a requirement before or after they have qualified in order to count in ratios. Time to have your say, but consider carefully how effective training that occurs for 6 hours once every three years really will be.
Let’s show the Government we are at least bothered about all these things – and RESPOND !
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.
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