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Substandard nurseries and pre-schools criticised by Ofsted

Post  Panda on Sat 20 Apr - 9:54


20 April 2013

  • on children are being let down by substandard nurseries
    and pre-schools, which will face being closed under new Ofsted guidelines.

Sir Michael Wilshaw Photo: GEOFF

By Josie Ensor

4:43PM BST 19 Apr 2013


In a major shake-up of early education inspections, those that fail to
improve will now have their registration cancelled, the Ofsted chief inspector
warned yesterday.

Sir Michael Wilshaw said too many children were “languishing” in inadequate
nurseries which are failing to prepare them for school.

Sir Michael also raised concerns about the lack of qualifications those
working with babies and toddlers have, saying it is an "absolute nonsense" that
more exams are needed to work with animals than young children.

He suggested that those working with children aged 0-5 years should have at
least a Level 3 qualification, which is equivalent to A-levels, or a degree from

At present those wanting to work with children under five only require a
Level 2 certificate in early years care.

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He proposed that nurseries hire fewer, but more qualified staff, saying there
was a “clear link between qualifications and the quality of provisions”.

Ofsted figures show that as of the end of August last year, up to 243,400
children were being cared for by nurseries, pre-schools and childminders that
were considered “satisfactory” or “inadequate”, accounting for 22 per cent of
all early years educators.

Under Sir Michael's proposals, which were published for consultation
yesterday, from September Ofsted will only consider a rating of good or
outstanding to be acceptable.

The “satisfactory” rating will be scrapped and replaced by "requires
improvement" - a change already made to school and college inspections in

Nurseries and pre-schools which are judged to "require improvement" will face
more inspections and have been given a deadline of four years to raise their

If they are not rated "good" after two inspections they will now considered

And "inadequate" nurseries and pre-schools that fail to improve will face
having their registration cancelled, effectively closing them down.

Sir Michael said: "Nurseries and pre-schools judged less than good will need
to improve rapidly, we see far too many languishing at satisfactory and failing
to move up. I want the new designation of 'requires improvement' to act as a
catalyst to get all early years providers to good as soon as possible.

"We'll encourage providers that are good or outstanding to support weaker
settings. We know that the best schools are joining forces and we anticipate
that this will happen in the early years."

Ofsted said it is considering plans for inspection of childminder agencies,
but has not yet made proposals about early re-inspection of childminders.

Elizabeth Truss, Education and Childcare Minister, said: “Early education, by
providing a valuable foundation for a young child, goes on to have a profound
effect on that child’s future for decades to come.

“Larger groups of children led by teachers are the gold standard. At every
age we have studied, there is a benefit to involving graduates in education, and
particularly so for pre-school age children.”

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Re: Substandard nurseries and pre-schools criticised by Ofsted

Post  Guest on Sat 20 Apr - 10:21

I quite agree with him. The staff should be better qualified. That is the fault of the Government, who set the entrance requirements. But does he propose to have them all do a seven year degree, like a vet? His comparison is totally meaningless. What about. doctors? They are less qualified than vets too.


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