Daycare penalties ‘if children in their care don’t feel loved’

DailyMail (UK) 9 January 2012
Childminders and nurseries face being penalised by Ofsted in future if they cannot prove that youngsters in their care ‘feel loved’, it was revealed yesterday. Staff will have to demonstrate they are ‘forming appropriate bonds and emotional attachments’ with babies and toddlers to help make them feel secure. The watchdog plans to place greater emphasis on young children’s personal and emotional development during inspections as opposed to focusing on health and safety issues such as risk assessments. Nursery staff could face penalties if they cannot prove the children in their care feel loved.

Ofsted has launched a consultation on changes to the way it registers and inspects early years providers, which proposes slashing the number of judgements from 18 to just five. In future, childminders and nurseries will be judged on their ‘outcomes’ for children; the quality of provision in terms of supporting children’s learning and development and helping them to feel ‘emotionally secure’; leadership and management and overall effectiveness.