Tribal to inspect early years

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 From September 2010, Tribal Group is expected to manage inspection services for 45 per cent of early years providers in the south of England, including nurseries and childminders.

Tribal is already contracted   to provide school and learning and skills inspection services for the south region under a six-year contract awarded in 2009, worth approximately £75m. Tribal describes itself as a ‘leading provider of professional services to the public sector’ with over 2,000 staff and working in over 40 countries world-wide they are a large and influential organisation.

The new deal would mean that Tribal are the largest private provider of Ofsted inspection services. Peter Martin, Tribal's chief executive, said the company is looking forward to welcoming Ofsted staff who will transfer to Tribal as part of the changes.

"We are delighted with this opportunity to extend our relationship with Ofsted into this important area of work," he said.

Tribal plans to make a further announcement on the future of early years inspections when the contract has been finalised and signed.

An Ofsted spokeswoman said: "We believe that outsourcing some of the day to day inspection and registration visits will enable us to use our resources more effectively and to strengthen our role as regulator of the sector.”

However, the public sector union Unison are not so convinced of the benefits of the move with threats to the jobs of current inspectors likely and the uncertainty of who will replace them. 

Every Child Journal