Alliance welcomes proposal to change no-notice routine inspections for early years

27th March 2015

Responding to Nick Hudson’s comments in Nursery World today about the proposal to end routine no-notice inspections of early years settings, Alliance chief executive Neil Leitch said:

“The Alliance welcomes news that early years settings are likely to receive identical notice periods for routine Ofsted inspections as schools.

"The change, proposed in the Common Inspection Framework, brings equity and consistency across the inspection process and Alliance members will be pleased that this anomaly is likely to be addressed in the coming months.”

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Notes for editors

  1. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  2. Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
  3. For information about the Pre-school Learning Alliance, visit our website:

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