The law in England was changed in 2014 to allow paid-for Ofsted inspections but no mechanism has yet been put in place for it to happen.
So many nurseries work hard to improve following a lacklustre inspection and before long, they are more than ready to prove their new worth. But under the current system, they are simply stuck, waiting for a turn to do better in the eyes of the regulator, Ofsted.
NDNA long campaigned for paid-for inspections and achieved success when it became a ‘legal possibility’ under the Children and Families Act.
Getting a practical system to operate paid-for inspections implemented, as soon as possible, would have all-round benefits – for nurseries, local economies and families.
More work is needed on establishing a fairer appeal process, without costly legal bills that make the process prohibitive for many, following progress made by regional scrutiny panels.