Select Committee on Education and Employment Minutes of Evidence


Supplementary memorandum from the Department for Education and Employment (EYF 19)

OFSTED EARLY YEARS INSPECTORS

  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.

May 2001


 
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