Ofsted toughens up inspections of nurseries from today

The Independent is reporting that a tougher inspection regime for nurseries and pre-school facilities is being introduced by Ofsted today…

Latest figures show more than 150,000 pre-schoolers are at settings which are not considered good enough by inspectors.

From today only those give an outstanding or good rating will be exempt from intervention and those failing to achieve these standards could face having their registration cancelled – closing them down.

The ratings are being changed to bring them into line with schools – so there will no longer be satisfactory nurseries. Instead, they will be told they require improvement.

At present 18 per cent of provision is considered less than good and one per cent inadequate – covering facilities for 157, 778 children.

All those considered to be under-performing will be re-inspected within two years while those classed as inadequate will be re-inspected within months..

Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief executive of Ofsted, said inspectors would be tougher on poor nurseries and free schools because “no-one thinks they should be allowed to languish in their inadequacy”…

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