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Ofsted to be present at every regional NDNA event in 2015

Article By: Julia Corbett, News Editor

The National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has announced that a senior representative from childcare regulator Ofsted will be attending every regional member event in England held by the charity during 2015.

Childcare professionals will be able to attend the event whether they are an NDNA member or not and Ofsted will be engaging with the sector on a number of issues including the new Common Inspection Framework and how it will be implemented when it is introduced in September 2015.

The senior Ofsted representatives will also be providing information on the impact the framework will have on early year’s inspections.

The events will be taking place in nine locations during March and October of 2015, with booking already open for the Spring events.

Purnima Tanuku, chief executive, NDNA NDNA’s chief executive Purnima Tanuku said: “We felt it was very important for the childcare sector to be able to hear from Ofsted and speak with them about the upcoming changes, so we agreed with Ofsted to open our events up to non-members at no charge. Child carers from all sectors are welcome to attend the events and have this opportunity to engage with Ofsted.

“Our member events are very well attended and we receive very positive feedback, so we expect this year’s events with Ofsted to be extremely popular. Bookings will be taken on a first come, first served basis.”

Ofsted early years director Nick Hudson said: “This is an exciting time for the early year’s sector. From September, inspections of nurseries and other early year’s settings will be carried out in line with the common inspection framework.

"This will be a significant change, which will ensure an even more consistent approach to Ofsted inspections and make it easier for parents to compare different providers. At these events my team will outline what this means for early years professionals, and answer their questions.”

The NDNA represents children’s nurseries throughout the UK and offers training and support for early years professionals as well as acting as a voice of the sector.


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