To: Ofsted

Make Ofsted reveal the companies behind your child's nursery

We call on Ofsted to let parents know who are looking after their kids.

Why is this important?

As things stand, if a nursery is owned by a limited company, Ofsted won’t disclose the history of the directors involved. This matters. If a child dies in a nursery’s care, or if the nursery gets sued by its staff members, the directors of the company can simply start again. They’ll close down their old company, start up a new one, and get a clean slate with Ofsted. The parents have no way of knowing the history of the people who are looking after their children.

Ofsted responded to the Channel 4 Dispatches programme 'How Safe Is Your Child's Nursery?’, broadcast on 11 February 2013, by putting out a statement saying that they’ll carry out more rigorous checks at the point of registration. But they won’t share that information with parents.

In the case of my family, a nursery did exactly this to try and get away with what a judge described as 'blatant acts' of discrimination against two pregnant women, who after more than a year are still fighting for justice. It's the same people, the same management and same directors. They just close the old company and open a new one. It's quick, cheap and easy and they get a shiny new entry in the Ofsted register too.

Ofsted has the data that parents want. This petition simply asks that they share it.

England, United Kingdom

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2015-09-10 10:20:54 +0100

Well, it's been over two years since I started the petition and despite assurances from the Secretary of State at the time about how this was something she was going to look into with the head of Ofsted nothing has changed.

You still can't find out if your child's nursery has done the trick of closing their parent company and opening another. A child could have died, or been abused, and all the nursery has to do is change their parent company.

The staff won't change, new management won't be brought in, and the risks will still be there. If you are lucky you might get a sign saying 'Under New Management' may appear outside, but you need to check if it's actually new management or just a switched-over parent company to generate publicity after a fall in numbers following an incident.

We keep pressing for transparency in this process .