Routine inspections will resume in the summer term. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – temporary disapplications and modifications The Government had temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework. Routine inspections, which result in a school being awarded a new grade or being confirmed in its current grade, will resume in the summer term. Interim education visits to prisons will start in January, to support and challenge prisons to return to full programmes of education and skills activities following COVID-19 restrictions. We also continue to publish statistics and transparency information. New data will be released every month until July 2021, subject to review. Updated to add that from 8 June 2020, we will start to return to doing on-site registration visits for early years and childcare providers. From April 2021, Ofsted will introduce full graded inspections under the new ITE inspection framework. We will make a case by case decision on whether to carry out regulatory work remotely or to visit, or a combination of the two based on our risk assessment. HMI will visit a sample of: approximately 1,200 schools across all Ofsted grades (outstanding, good, requires improvement and inadequate) maintained schools, academies and free schools, special schools and centres Updated sections on first aid certificates and early years foundation stage (EYFS) requirements for childcare providers and added information about taking records off site. Early years education Fewer UK children 'school ready' after Covid nursery closures ... Research interviews with 208 registered early years providers conducted by Ofsted … We select which providers to inspect on a proportionate and risk basis. In undertaking this focused work, HMI are visiting a broad range of schools. ... Ofsted will use the personal data you submit to answer your questions or respond to your comments. Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers. Added details of our plans from January 2021. Added information about ITE inspections in 2021. Providers must follow guidance from Public Health England (PHE) about what to do in the event of a reported case of coronavirus in a setting. This includes reviewing notifications from providers and other information we receive. This briefing note reports on our complete programme of autumn data collection. As in normal circumstances, we have no power to get involved with contractual issues, such as disputes about fees and operating hours. We are now writing to all providers with reports in the pipeline to ask whether they would like their report published as soon as possible. You can change your cookie settings at any time. Ofsted’s school inspections have been suspended since March, but based on those carried out prior to the pandemic, 86% of schools and 96% of early years … Routine inspection under the inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) framework will begin from April. We continue to register social care providers and managers. The inspectorate has been visiting schools during the pandemic to check on how pupils are being supported in their return to full-time education. This is to help find out if there is sufficient and accessible childcare available and to help support vulnerable children as best we can. A number of qualified staff have been working in children’s homes, and more have volunteered to be emergency foster carers. During this period, around 700 Ofsted staff have been supporting local authorities, government departments and other organisations with the response to COVID-19. Ashiana Community Project, 21-25 Grantham Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 1LU. However, we will continue with our vital regulatory work in early years and children’s social care. Added further guidance for children's social care providers on: existing regulations and legislation, new children's guide to coronavirus, recruiting foster carers, and senior staff visiting children's homes at this time. Ofsted also flagged up school leaders’ worries about their budgets as covering for staff absences and enhanced cleaning to protect against Covid have driven up costs. We do not anticipate a delay in the publication of any social care national statistics as a result of these changes. Included details of new management information published about joiners and leavers in the childcare sector. From January, we will resume focused visits to local authority children’s services. We are in daily contact with the Department for Education (DfE) to discuss the COVID-19 outbreak and its impact across education and social care. However, we continue our important regulatory work to help maintain social care (SC) provision for the most vulnerable children, and the registration of vital early years (EY) services. COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, November 2020 . Included details on monitoring visits, remote learning and our work with social care and registered early years provision. Urgent inspections where specific concerns have been raised are still going ahead. See January 2021: non-association independent schools for more information. They will ask the provider to help any child who is self-isolating or unwell to stay separate from the inspector. COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. As a result, we have adjusted collection timescales to account for the beginning of lockdown and the need for emergency planning time, and we have reduced the amount of data we request. Inspectors will carry out a risk assessment with you about how to manage the visit safely. Added information for childcarers on how to apply to work from non-domestic premises for up to 50% of time, and on invoices for early years annual registration fees issued from 3 April, which will will now have a due date of 30 September 2020 so that settings can delay their payment during this time. Evidence from research interviews with 739 early years providers between 5 October and 11 December During the autumn term, Ofsted has carried out a programme of research interviews with early years providers. Full graded inspections will resume in the summer term. Inspectors will be able to raise statutory requirements and recommendations where relevant. The DfE has set out requirements for schools to provide high-quality remote education when children are unable to attend school. The DfE’s frequently asked questions about funding issues may be helpful. Legislative change is a matter for central government and, ultimately, parliament. We will pause assurance inspections to early years settings until after the February half term. Updated guidance links for employers and employees. ... of the early years sector at this time. The Ofsted report adds: “In some cases, schools were affected extensively by Covid-19 related absence. If you have concerns about your child’s early years or childcare provider, you should still try to resolve these directly with the provider in the first instance, as is the case in normal times. Contact throughout the process will be by a combination of face-to-face, telephone, email or video call. Updated to include a section on our consultation work during this period. We paused publishing some management information in April, but we will gradually re-start when additional inspection reports have been published. Providers must notify Ofsted as soon as reasonably practical, and in any case within 14 days of the incident occurring. All providers need to take a balanced approach to this in the current circumstances. Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update - This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.We are updating it regularly. We will prioritise inadequate local authorities that are ready for re-inspection, and authorities where there are concerns. We have published new management information about monthly joiners and leavers in the childcare sector. Staff from across Ofsted – inspectors, administrative staff and other specialists – have been working with the Department of Health and Social Care, the Department for Education and the Department for Work and Pensions. You can find your URN on your registration, your inspection report(s), and on your Ofsted reports page. Added data for weeks beginning 14 and 21 December 2020. Ofsted's phased return of early years inspections were due to start in January 2021 ahead of full routine graded inspections in the summer term 2021. This includes those around: Read the full DfE guidance about the coronavirus disapplications and modifications to the EYFS. You’ve accepted all cookies. Inspection of provision registered only on the Childcare Register (either or both parts) is a compliance inspection. actions for early years and childcare providers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Updated with information on our temporary changes to the process for those applying to register children's social care provision during this time. We have made temporary changes to the process for those applying to register social care provision at the moment. Colleagues have also been supporting the London Gold group, across all London local authorities, to recruit staff into care settings. We will not take enforcement action against providers for not meeting the full EYFS requirements, if they are correctly applying the disapplied and modified requirements. Worrying findings from Ofsted suggest children hardest hit by nursery and school closures have regressed in some basic skills and learning. They should follow the government guidance on social distancing where possible. The Children’s Commissioner for England has issued a children’s guide to coronavirus, which children’s social care providers may find useful. Updated to add that the Department for Education has announced plans for re-opening early years and childcare settings from 1 June 2020. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Ofsted has been working with the DfE and local authorities to find out which early years providers, including childminders, are currently open or temporarily closed, to see there is sufficient and accessible childcare in place to support vulnerable children. We do not have the power to disapply or waive legislation, regulation or statutory guidance, for example around regulation 44 inspections. Follow the latest stories and advice on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on early years settings, schools and families As a result of closures to early years settings over the Christmas holiday period, the number of notifications are incomplete and will be updated again at the next publication date. Notifications received in one week could represent confirmed cases which occurred during the 2 previous weeks. All other routine inspections are suspended. We have considered whether we should minimise, defer or cancel the data collections we ask local authorities to give us, in order to reduce the burden on them during this time. You only need to notify us about incidents that the regulations require you to tell us about. Added link to new guidance on interim visits to early years providers in the 'Early years and childcare' section. We will publish details of the inspection process shortly. How long until the next inspection? Ofsted may contact providers to ask you about your setting and plans for the future. They have responsibilities to safeguard children, and although online and telephone communication may be able to replace some face-to-face aspects of this, providers should retain the option to visit in person when necessary. Coronavirus / COVID-19: nurseries and early years providers See our guidance for nurseries and early years settings for managing coronavirus / COVID-19 We are keeping in touch with the relevant government departments and health bodies to make sure our advice for you is up-to-date. Updated to add more information for early years and childcare providers on letting us know if you are opening or temporarily closing at this time. The inspectorate’s new ‘supportive’ monitoring visits will begin from January 18, despite partial school closures having been enacted last week. If there are multiple reported cases at a setting at one time, a notification can include more than one confirmed case. The inspector will ask the provider to try to limit the number of children and staff that they will need to see, talk to or meet with. The Parent View Management Information due to be published in October will not be published as no school inspections have taken place since the last release. We expect you to do a careful risk assessment of any action you take and to keep a clear record of the decisions made. You’ve accepted all cookies. These visits aim to support improvement and will not result in a published letter or graded judgement. This includes a confirmed case of coronavirus in the setting. Inspectors will plan the visit to ensure that they are on site for the minimum amount of time. Updated to request that early years and social care providers use our online forms if possible, and if they need to use a printable form to please send this to us by email. Moved guidance on temporary changes to social care registration: this can now be found with the social care registration handbook. Check Ofsted's COVID-19 updates to see how inspections and reports are affected. We have been working with the DfE and local authorities to find out which early years providers, including childminders, are currently open or temporarily closed. Added data for weeks beginning 30 November and 7 December 2020. Early years and social care applicants/providers should not use this form to resign or make changes to your application or registration. Ofsted COVID-19 series. Also, local authorities are required to provide data on individual children when we need to carry out an emergency inspection due to safeguarding concerns. Updated to add information on how Ofsted staff are supporting local authorities, government departments and other organisations with the response to COVID-19. These colleagues are helping to support vulnerable children, develop safeguarding processes and communicate with school leaders. Don’t worry we won’t send you spam or share your email address with anyone. Updated to include information from DfE on planned legislation on temporary flexibility to the EYFS. As always, the safety and well-being of children is our first priority and we will take urgent action where we have concerns. 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