Update from the Care Inspectorate regarding inspections and adult to child ratios.

The Care Inspectorate have announced that they have decided to expand their inspection programme from 7 March 2022 using risk and intelligence. They will prioritise inspections by considering in the first instance: settings that have not been inspected since being registered; and where an inspection has not taken place within the frequency model. Risk and intelligence, including regulatory history and previous evaluations, will also be considered to identify settings for inspection.

Their inspection activity will be focused on the continuing health and wellbeing of children and the setting’s current priorities and improvement plan. Working with practitioners, they will take account of the impact of the pandemic and identify actions where needed for improvement in the quality of children’s health and wellbeing.

Inspections will gather evidence on the impact of the pandemic to help identify any national areas for focusing improvement support. They will work with local authorities to co-ordinate support for improvements across the sector.

They will continue to reduce if appropriate the time they need to spend in your setting  and carry out some activities remotely, such as interviews with staff or parents wherever possible.

They have also announced that they are removing the relaxation on adult to child ratios as of Monday 28 February. From this date, the linked notification will no longer be available for submission.