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Changes in early years inspections

From April 2017, Ofsted is taking direct control of early years registration and inspection. Headteacher Helen Frostick looks at what lies ahead and signposts some guidance and advice

A message has been given by Sir Michael Wilshaw, the Ofsted chief inspector, that from April 2017 the inspectorate will be taking Early Years’ Registration and Early Years’ Inspection “fully under its direct management”.

A video clip relaying this message can be viewed on the Ofsted YouTube channel (see further information).

Sir Michael, in his address, explains the context of this development in that in March 2017 the current contracts with Tribal and Prospect as providers of inspections come to an end. This offers the opportunity to revisit the Ofsted process, but doesn’t mean that there will be a change to the 2015 Common Inspection Framework. Sir Michael acknowledges that change can bring uncertainty but argues that it can also bring “exciting new opportunities”.

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