Childminders and childcarers looking after the children of key workers on domestic premises can apply to work from non-domestic premises for up to 50% of their time. Updated to add information on completing social care and early years forms online. Ofsted has been accused of showing a "lack of duty of care" after an inspector tested positive following a visit to two Norfolk schools. Check how the new Brexit rules affect you. Added guidance about a temporary fast-track application process specifically for registering emergency children’s homes provision during this time. Inspection of provision registered only on the Childcare Register (either or both parts) is a compliance inspection. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible and improve government services. Added details of our plans from January 2021. We also continue to publish statistics and transparency information. Remote inspections of schools and further education providers will begin from 25 January, with a particular focus on how well children and learners are being educated remotely. Updated sections on first aid certificates and early years foundation stage (EYFS) requirements for childcare providers and added information about taking records off site. Children in early years were offered a staggered start and were We will publish details of the inspection process shortly. Early years and childcare providers must notify Ofsted of any serious illness or accident to a child in their care. We have also had a small number of colleagues volunteering with the NHS. We will keep these plans under review. ... of the early years sector at this time. Updated to include that we will not be publishing reports from our recent inspections of schools, further education and early years providers until they reopen as normal for all children/students. It has announced a 3-month extension to the validity for all certificates coming up for renewal on or after 16 March 2020. Routine inspection under the inspection of local authority children’s services (ILACS) framework will begin from April. We expect you to think about alternative ways to keep in contact, supervise provision and maintain oversight, such as using telephone or video conferencing, while recognising the limitations of this approach. It gives the number of registered early years and childcare providers reporting one or more confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) by week. How long until the next inspection? They should follow the government guidance on social distancing where possible. We do not anticipate a delay in the publication of any social care national statistics as a result of these changes. We will carry out all planned inspection activity remotely until after the February half term. A number of qualified staff have been working in children’s homes, and more have volunteered to be emergency foster carers. The Children’s Commissioner for England has issued a children’s guide to coronavirus, which children’s social care providers may find useful. 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. However, we will continue with our vital regulatory work in early years and children’s social care. Updated to note that that nannies on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register should discuss with the family they work for to see if it is appropriate to carry on working at this time. Added links to guidance on what activity we will carry out for schools, further education and skills providers, and early years providers from September 2020. We will continue with assurance visits under the social care common inspection framework (SCCIF) until April, when routine inspections will resume. Providers must notify Ofsted as soon as reasonably practical, and in any case within 14 days of the incident occurring. Download CSV Updated to include links to advice for vulnerable children and young people and guidance about cancelling GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020, free school meals and isolation in residential educational settings. We may announce an urgent monitoring visit so that we can take account of the circumstances, such as whether any children are self-isolating. Added data to cover 19 October to 1 November 2020. We will prioritise inadequate local authorities that are ready for re-inspection, and authorities where there are concerns. The inspectorate’s new ‘supportive’ monitoring visits will begin from January 18, despite partial school closures having been enacted last week. The Ofsted report adds: “In some cases, schools were affected extensively by Covid-19 related absence. information for children's social care on regulatory work and temporary changes to registration. In undertaking this focused work, HMI are visiting a broad range of schools. New data will be released every month until July 2021, subject to review. Ofsted may contact providers to ask you about your setting and plans for the future. View online However, we will usually publish a report to help local authorities and commissioners in their decision-making. They will ask the provider to help any child who is self-isolating or unwell to stay separate from the inspector. These leaders said that, on average, the absence was around nine and a half days per pupil.” 2. Ofsted guidance and information relating to coronavirus (COVID-19) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers. 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. Early years education Fewer UK children 'school ready' after Covid nursery closures ... Research interviews with 208 registered early years providers conducted by Ofsted … These visits will not result in a graded judgement. We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. Early years and social care applicants/providers should not use this form to resign or make changes to your application or registration. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Off-site activity and urgent monitoring visits will not result in a judgement based on the 4-point scale, as set out in the SCCIF. As in normal circumstances, we have no power to get involved with contractual issues, such as disputes about fees and operating hours. Updated the early years and childcare information on invoices for annual fees. Following this, Ofsted began inspecting these providers again from 16 September. Looking at: well-being and safety changes to the curriculum plans for the future. If we have previously asked you to post documents to us, please either scan or photograph them and send with your unique reference number (URN) to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. 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. This evidence will vary, but may include: In addition to assurance visits, we may carry out on-site visits to social care providers when: There may be other circumstances in which we decide that an on-site visit is necessary, but we will decide those on a case-by-case basis. All content is available under the Open Government Licence v3.0, except where otherwise stated, Parenting, childcare and children's services, Education, universities and childcare during coronavirus, notify Ofsted of any serious illness or accident, Ofsted’s early years and childcare providers official statistics, Tell Ofsted if you have a COVID-19 incident at your childcare business, Tell Ofsted about an incident: children's social care notification, Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update, Consented addresses for childminders and domestic childcare, Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support, Transparency and freedom of information releases. 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. “In December, that figure was still in … Coronavirus. This includes a confirmed case of coronavirus in the setting. 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 use cookies to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. Senior or regional managers of providers may need to visit children’s homes in person during the current situation. Please use our online forms, if possible, for: If we have previously asked you to post documents to us, please either scan or photograph them and send with your unique reference number (URN) to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. Inspectors will follow government guidance on, for example, washing hands, physical contact and social distancing. We will still follow the guide to registration of children’s social care services as far as possible. We have made some changes to the steps we take in completing the registration process. 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 Added data for weeks beginning 30 November and 7 December 2020. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. Added instructions on how to notify us if you are opening or closing. We use this information to make the website work as well as possible and improve government services. 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. You can find numbers of childcare providers in Ofsted’s early years and childcare providers official statistics. We will look at how well schools are educating pupils in the current circumstances – which for most pupils means being educated remotely. As these inspections will not involve an on-site visit, they will be unable to cover the full scope of a monitoring inspection. Also added links to information for parents and definitions of vulnerable children and key workers. Updated the information for early years and childcare providers on letting us know if you are open or closed at this time. Added link to new guidance on interim visits to early years providers in the 'Early years and childcare' section. See January 2021: non-association independent schools for more information. Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) rolling update. Please do this even if you have already notified us about a closure due to COVID-19 cases. We are, of course, sensitive to the challenges that all providers are facing. If your operating circumstances do change (you open or close), email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk with ‘Change in operating hours’ in the subject field. You’ve accepted all cookies. 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You will have to make pragmatic decisions in the best interests of children. Updated with information on our temporary changes to the process for those applying to register children's social care provision during this time. COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. All providers need to take a balanced approach to this in the current circumstances. If you would like to do this, email your application form to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. On 11 September the Secretary of State for Education wrote to Ofsted to request the resumption of inspection of providers registered on the Childcare Register. You should only inform us if you remain dissatisfied with the provider’s response, or if you have a serious concern about children’s safety and well-being. We have made temporary changes to the process for those applying to register social care provision at the moment. Included details on monitoring visits, remote learning and our work with social care and registered early years provision. Ashiana Community Project, 21-25 Grantham Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 1LU. Ofsted began making assurance visits in September 2020. Updated to include links to DfE guidance for schools, early years and further education providers on implementing social distancing, maintaining provisions, closures and attendance. We expect you to do a careful risk assessment of any action you take and to keep a clear record of the decisions made. Contact throughout the process will be by a combination of face-to-face, telephone, email or video call. If you have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the setting (either child or staff member), or if your setting has been advised to close as a result, you should report this to Ofsted as soon as reasonably practical, and in any case within 14 days. Home; ACP Early Years; ACP Early Years. Added information for childcare providers about reporting cases of COVID-19 (coronavirus) to Ofsted and any related closures. Updated to confirm that no Parent View management information will be published in October. 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. 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. We do not have the power to disapply or waive legislation, regulation or statutory guidance, for example around regulation 44 inspections. We will contact some providers to find out whether they are currently operating and available for inspection. Updated to include that we are working with local authorities to find out which early years providers, including childminders, are currently open or temporarily closed. Covid-19 series: early years October 2020 Updated with a new section on regulation and inspection of early years providers as they return to providing care for all children, including information for parents of children in early years provision during this time. Ofsted's planned visits to schools this term have been deferred on 28 occasions because of Covid-19 disruption, Tes can reveal. Early years and childcare providers must notify Ofsted of any serious illness or accident to a child in their care. It is up to providers how they charge for their services and the hours that children can attend for. If you are a nanny on the voluntary part of the Childcare Register, you should discuss with the family you work for to see if it is appropriate for you to carry on working at this time. Also removed some out-of-date information. 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. Following changes to government guidance and the imposition of COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown restrictions, we made this visit remotely to reduce pressure on the school. COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, November 2020 . Indeed, Ofsted data shows that from the week commencing November 16, there were 829 reported cases of Covid-19 in Early Years and childcare settings. Updated with information for childminders, including advice about first aid certificates. Inspectors will be able to raise statutory requirements and recommendations where relevant. Contact your local authority for further information. Due to COVID-19 (coronavirus), there are likely to be delays in reviewing incoming post. 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