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Radical proposal to remove Ofsted from early years inspections

In its The Ofsted Problem report, training provider The Childcare Company puts forward a radical proposal to remove Ofsted from the early years programme suggesting this could lead to an improved and more accurate inspection process, according to a new report.

They want to replace the inspectorate with an alternative system led by a consortium of early years organisations including the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) and the Pre-school Learning Alliance. Providers would be required to become members of one of the organisations and would be able to choose which one delivers their inspection.

Alternatively, The Childcare Company suggests that experienced senior professionals could be appointed to inspect settings in their local area.

They claim that the move would allow practitioners to learn from each other and improve practice based on the needs of children in their local area.