What is OFSTED?

OfSTED is the ‘Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills’

They take responsibility for the inspection of education in all schools in England.

Its role also includes the inspection of:

  • all education for 16-19 year olds;
  • children's centres
  • local education authorities;
  • teacher training institutions;
  • youth work;
  • childminders;
  • home childcarers;
  • day-care providers;
  • out-of-school clubs;
  • crèches

OfSTED assesses these organisations to see if they are suitable to provide childcare, look after or be in contact with children. This is done in a number of ways, including health checks, criminal records checks and 'suitable person interviews' on individuals.

These assessments are carried out on all people aged 16 and over who look after children, are connected with the registration, or who live or work on the premises where children are to be cared for. They also look at equipment and check that the buildings are of a satisfactory standard.

OfSTED will inspect day-care providers and childminders at least once every two years to make sure that they continue to meet the national standards, and then they report on these inspections. They need to be informed of any changes of staff or to the buildings so that they can carry out any further checks as necessary.

OfSTED will investigate complaints made about a provider and take enforcement action, if necessary, to ensure that providers meet the national standards.

Why not visit the website. Here you can view your child/ren’s school OfSTED report and get lots more information.


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