September marks the beginning of the latest changes to Ofsted as we welcome the new Common Inspection Framework (CIF) – the most significant change to the inspection of education in its history.
Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, and Ofsted periodically inspect and regulate all those who provide childcare and early education in England.
The new CIF will see Ofsted inspect all early years providers, maintained schools and academies, non-association independent schools, and further education and skills providers under one framework.
The latest changes provides parents and employers with the opportunity to compare early years providers that cater for similar age ranges, and assess using the same criteria.
In order for clear comparisons to be made, a four-point grading scale will be used in all inspections to make the principal judgements.
There will be four key areas of focus to be aware of within the new framework; all of which will be graded using the four-point scale. These areas are:
- Effectiveness of leadership and management
- Quality of learning and assessment
- Personal development, behaviour and welfare
- Outcomes for children and learners.
Bright Horizons nurseries continue to outperform our sector in terms of inspection judgements made by Ofsted and its equivalents, with 24% of our settings in the UK rated as Outstanding compared to the sector average of 13%.
In addition to the new Common Inspection Framework, most early years providers in England will also receive a call from Ofsted the day before an inspection to advise them that someone will be visiting the nursery the following day. This is a change to how inspections have been conducted previously and allows providers to advise parents in advance.
Sir Michael Wilshaw, Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, (HCMI) has composed a letter discussing the changes he has implemented within Ofsted.
Bright Horizons welcomes Ofsted’s recent changes and look forward to continuing to work alongside Ofsted to deliver the highest levels of care and early education.