Pre-school Education

Department for Education written question – answered on 10th February 2017.

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Photo of Lucy Powell Lucy Powell Labour/Co-operative, Manchester Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, how many Ofsted early years inspectors are employed (a) nationally and (b) in each region.

Photo of Caroline Dinenage Caroline Dinenage The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

Ofsted has stated that, at present, it directly employs 106 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) Early Years Inspectors, which is a head count of 108. This is broken down regionally by FTE as follows:


Number of Inspectors (FTE)

East Midlands


East of England




North East, Yorkshire and Humber


North West


South East


South West


West Midlands


Until 31 March 2017, early years inspection will also be delivered through contracts with two external inspection service providers, Prospects and Tribal. From 3 April 2017 all early years inspection will be delivered by Ofsted. Ofsted anticipates that it will transfer in a total of 167 people to directly employed inspection roles from these providers. This will be supplemented by an additional 277 contracted inspectors.

This new workforce will be managed centrally for a period of two years and during this time Ofsted plans to transition the central workforce to Ofsted’s regional structure.

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