Statement on registration and inspection of early years and childcare providers

12 Feb 2013

Following the Channel 4 Dispatches programme ‘How Safe Is Your Child's Nursery?’, broadcast on 11 February 2013, Ofsted has released the following statement:

"We again offer our sincere condolences to Mr and Mrs Malin for the tragic loss of their daughter. Ofsted pays tribute to their tireless campaign work since Rhiya’s death in 2007, which has undoubtedly led to more stringent regulation of nursery settings and more information being made available to parents.

Ofsted has put in processes to ensure that we take quick and decisive action when we have concerns about a nursery setting. We also carry out more rigorous checks at the point of registration to root out unsuitable applicants, including research into previous ownership and management where a re-registration is involved.

The safety of children is our first concern, as it is of every parent. Ofsted has explained to the Department for Education that for a new nursery to be linked more clearly and directly to one that has closed there would need to be changes to the law, and we are pleased the Department is working with us to look at how this could be taken forward.

In the meantime, we have made full details of ‘closed’ nurseries available on our website for three years after their closure.

We have also recently published more guidance for parents on how they can check the quality of prospective childcare providers for their children on the Choosing a childcare provider page. We will continue to listen to feedback from parents and where we can, will act to make further improvements."

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Annual Report 2012/13