ofstedOfsted has published a consultation setting out plans to introduce separate inspection judgements for under-5 and post-16 settings.

The proposed changes, due to come into effect from September 2014, are designed to ensure inspectors place as much emphasis on this important stage of children’s education as on the quality of provision for 5 to 16 year-olds.

Anne Longfield OBE, CEO of 4Children said: “We welcome proposals for introducing separate graded judgments on the quality of nursery, reception, and post-16 provision in Ofsted school inspection reports from September this year. This is something 4Children have long been arguing the case for.

“Recent changes on the regulation of childcare and the free early learning offer for disadvantaged two year olds will increase the demand and availability of places, with schools taking on a wider role in running after school and early years provision. As is the case for childcare for children of all ages, a high standard of safeguarding is needed.

“A wider-role from Ofsted of school inspections across the whole school day, including after school clubs and other non-teaching activities, would help to ensure the highest quality provision across the whole school.”

Ofsted wants to hear from schools, parents and other parties about whether they think the plans will provide a more rounded view of those academies and local authority maintained schools that provide early years education.

The consultation closes on 13 May - give your views here.