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Celebrating childminders and welcoming change

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It’s Childminding Week, and we want to recognise the excellent work of childminders like you. Thank you for all that you do to give families much-needed flexibility, and children the best start in life. Almost all of you do this …

Maintaining quality early years provision in the face of workforce challenges

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We know that many of you in the early years sector continue to face significant challenges, especially around recruiting and keeping well-qualified staff. In this blog, we will highlight: some of the ways these workforce challenges are evident when we …

Why we might suspend a childcare provider’s registration and what happens next

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Keeping children safe is paramount. That’s why we do everything we can to make sure that childcare provision is safe and secure, and that it meets the needs of children at all times. Ofsted has various powers to help us …

The Holiday Activities and Food programme – when you need to register with Ofsted

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The Holiday Activities and Food (HAF) programme is funded by the Department for Education (DfE). The aim of the programme is to help families with enrichment activities and food for children throughout the holiday periods. The programme is for children …

My priorities for the early years sector

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I’ve now been in the post of His Majesty’s Chief Inspector for nearly two months. It has been an incredibly busy but rewarding start to this new role. As you may know, I come from a schools background, having been …

Getting the right DBS when registering with Ofsted

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Childminders and childcare workers, such as nannies, are responsible for the safety and well-being of children in their care. Ofsted is legally required to check an applicant’s suitability at the point of registration. For daycare providers, it is the provider’s responsibility …