Supplementary memorandum from the Department
for Education and Employment (EYF 19)
At the Education and Employnment Committee on
Wednesday 2 May I promised to write with more information about
the inspectors that Ofsted will have in its Early Years Directorate.
The good news is that sufficient local council
inspectors have now accepted posts in the Early Years Directorate
and will transfer in September. This means that Ofsted will not
need to run a national recruitment campaign for new inspectors.
The Early Years Directorate will therefore start
with staff who are already experienced in early years regulatory
work. However, I have agreed with Ofsted that these inspectors
are inducted into working with the new national standards before
they are placed on a register of child care inspectors. This will
support our desire to have appropriately experienced inspectors
working in the early years.
In the longer term, Ofsted has plans to develop
the child care inspectors further. This will mean that those inspectors
who do not already have an appropriate early years qualification
will have access to a suitable route to gain such qualifications.