Early years and childcare providers must notify Ofsted of any serious illness or accident to a child in their care. We may announce an urgent monitoring visit so that we can take account of the circumstances, such as whether any children are self-isolating. We did not consider your response to COVID-19 during the spring and summer terms 2020, when the school was not open to all pupils. Inspectors will plan any visit to ensure that they are on site for the minimum amount of time. It will take only 2 minutes to fill in. Updated with information for childminders, including advice about first aid certificates. Contact throughout the process will be by a combination of face-to-face, telephone, email or video call. 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. Coronavirus / COVID-19: nurseries and early years providers See our guidance for nurseries and early years settings for managing coronavirus / COVID-19 We are keeping in touch with the relevant government departments and health bodies to make sure our advice for you is up-to-date. We will continue to undertake on-site inspections if we have immediate concerns – for example about safeguarding, the leadership of a school or a failure to provide education to children. You can change your cookie settings at any time. 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. We select which providers to inspect on a proportionate and risk basis. We will review the details and contact you as quickly as possible to discuss your request. 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. These colleagues are helping to support vulnerable children, develop safeguarding processes and communicate with school leaders. 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. This briefing note reports on our complete programme of autumn data collection. Early years and social care applicants/providers should not use this form to resign or make changes to your application or registration. New data will be released every month until July 2021, subject to review. This work will sometimes require on-site visits, which will be risk-assessed based on the nature of the premises and the urgency of the work. If your operating circumstances do change (you open or close), email enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk with ‘Change in operating hours’ in the subject field. The inspector may ask the provider to share more electronic evidence than usual. We will also begin to publish any remaining reports from next week, and will contact affected providers beforehand to confirm this. 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. gov.uk Ofsted: coronavirus (COVID-19) … Updated to include that some schools, further education providers and early years providers have contacted us asking us to publish the report of their recent inspection. Ofsted COVID-19 series. We take a balanced and proportionate approach to regulation, taking account of how people have tried to satisfy regulatory requirements in these difficult circumstances. You can find your URN on your registration, your inspection report(s), and on your setting’s Ofsted reports page. Updated to add more information for early years and childcare providers on letting us know if you are opening or temporarily closing at this time. We’ll send you a link to a feedback form. Updated to include information from DfE on planned legislation on temporary flexibility to the EYFS. As with all visits, we will put considerable measures in place to ensure the safety of all concerned. This means that the number of notifications received does not necessarily correlate with the number of confirmed cases in a setting. COVID-19 series: briefing on early years, November 2020 . 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. Don’t include personal or financial information like your National Insurance number or credit card details. Updated to add that from 8 June 2020, we will start to return to doing on-site registration visits for early years and childcare providers. If you would like to do this, email your application form to enquiries@ofsted.gov.uk. Updated the figures for the weeks commencing 5/10/2020 and 12/10/2020 to correct an error in the number of reported cases. We expect you to do a careful risk assessment of any action you take and to keep a clear record of the decisions made. We will not take enforcement action against providers for not meeting the full EYFS requirements, if they are correctly applying the disapplied and modified requirements. Early years and childcare providers must notify Ofsted of any serious illness or accident to a child in their care. Covid: Ofsted chief urges school return amid warning children's education cannot be 'furloughed' ... as they did when they were shut in the spring and early summer. Home; ACP Early Years; ACP Early Years. information for children's social care on regulatory work and temporary changes to registration. During this period, around 700 Ofsted staff have been supporting local authorities, government departments and other organisations with the response to COVID-19. Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) – temporary disapplications and modifications The Government had temporarily disapplied and modified certain elements of the EYFS statutory framework. As a result of closures to early years settings over the Christmas holiday period, the number of notifications are incomplete and will be updated again at the next publication date. Ashiana Community Project, 21-25 Grantham Road, Birmingham, West Midlands, B11 1LU. We do not need you to tell us about anything else. However, we will continue with our vital regulatory work in early years and children’s social care. Early years education Fewer UK children 'school ready' after Covid nursery closures ... Research interviews with 208 registered early years providers conducted by Ofsted … In some cases, we may need to visit unannounced. Interim education visits to prisons will start in January, to support and challenge prisons to return to full programmes of education and skills activities following COVID-19 restrictions. ... Ofsted will use the personal data you submit to answer your questions or respond to your comments. Ofsted may contact providers to ask you about your setting and plans for the future. We use cookies to collect information about how you use GOV.UK. A number of qualified staff have been working in children’s homes, and more have volunteered to be emergency foster carers. As always, the safety and well-being of children is our first priority and we will take urgent action where we have concerns. Moved guidance on temporary changes to social care registration: this can now be found with the social care registration handbook. Individuals who have an application that is at the ‘ready for a visit’ stage will soon receive a telephone call from us. Follow the latest stories and advice on the Covid-19 pandemic and its impact on early years settings, schools and families However, we recognise that we are in exceptional circumstances. We do not anticipate a delay in the publication of any social care national statistics as a result of these changes. See January 2021: non-association independent schools for more information. Removed information about our work during the national lockdown (5 November up to 2 December). We do not have the power to disapply or waive legislation, regulation or statutory guidance, for example around regulation 44 inspections. This includes those around: Read the full DfE guidance about the coronavirus disapplications and modifications to the EYFS. This may include a decision to go on site. Updated to confirm that no Parent View management information will be published in October. Monitoring visits will continue to be a combination of on site/off site/blended as appropriate, continue with our social care registration work, carefully risk assessed in line with government guidance, children’s social care providers that we inspect under, photographs of premises such as repairs and decoration (and/or having a tour of the building through a video call), confirmation of building works, such as invoices, staffing lists to confirm that the provider has enough staff to re-open, staff training records and/or a careful risk assessment and plan for training (including e-learning, given the current circumstances), off-site inspection activity has not provided enough evidence that children are safe, we have received concerns that we can only fully consider through an on-site visit, we must visit to be able to decide whether to take, or to stop taking, regulatory action, what the provider told us, and the evidence it shared with us, what action we have decided to take (if any), whether we have evidence to suggest that children are not, or are no longer, at risk (where relevant), learning and development and the progress check at age 2. When this happens, the inspector will explain on arrival why they have come and ask the provider to take action so that they can safely enter. We will prioritise inadequate local authorities that are ready for re-inspection, and authorities where there are concerns. As a result, we have adjusted collection timescales to account for the beginning of lockdown and the need for emergency planning time, and we have reduced the amount of data we request. When we receive information about a setting, we need to determine what type of activity is needed to mitigate the risk to children. We have also had a small number of colleagues volunteering with the NHS. The Children’s Commissioner for England has issued a children’s guide to coronavirus, which children’s social care providers may find useful. Ofsted: COVID-19 rolling update - This sets out our guidance and information relating to COVID-19 (coronavirus) for schools, early years, children's social care and further education and skills providers.We are updating it regularly. Coronavirus. From January 2021, we will carry out research into how COVID-19 has affected the provision of ITE. Updated the information for early years and childcare providers on letting us know if you are open or closed at this time. Invoices for annual fees issued from 3 April 2020 will now have a due date of 30 September 2020, so that you have freedom to delay your pay… Urgent inspections where specific concerns have been raised are still going ahead. We will contact some providers to find out whether they are currently operating and available for inspection. Updated to request that early years and social care providers use our online forms if possible, and if they need to use a printable form to please send this to us by email. To help us improve GOV.UK, we’d like to know more about your visit today. The report will include information such as: After our on-site visits or off-site activity, if we take action or ask a provider to take action to meet legal requirements, we will publish an outcome summary on our reports website. 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. We have published new management information about monthly joiners and leavers in the childcare sector. They will ask the provider to help any child who is self-isolating or unwell to stay separate from the inspector. Some of our school inspectors have been supporting Star Line, a home-learning parent helpline. 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