Inspection of Sure Start Children's Centres

29 Oct 2012 Ofsted

Ref: 120326

This consultation is now closed.

This is a consultation document on Ofsted’s proposals for a revised framework for the inspection of Sure Start Children’s Centres.

There have been a number of changes in the Government’s vision for Sure Start Children’s Centres and the way in which local authorities have chosen to commission and deliver services from children’s centres. We must revise the inspection framework to align it with those changes.

We are seeking the widest possible range of views from those who have an interest in, or expertise relating to, Sure Start Children’s Centres, so that the inspection framework takes proper account of the needs and circumstances of all interested parties. We particularly want to hear from people who have been directly involved with Sure Start Children’s Centres: parents and carers and those who commission services.

Above all, the framework must assure the quality of services for all young children and their families who use children’s centre provision and promote their continuing improvement.

The closing date for the consultation is 11 January 2013.

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