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Does anyone know if it is required by ofsted to have a deputy in a preschool. I thought it would be as someone is needed to fill in if the supervisor is unavailabe. Just wondered what everyone else thought or had in their setting.



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Hi there, abijac !


When I was Supervisor in a pre-school playgroup, it wasn't a requirement to have a Deputy, we just considered it good practice to have a nominated person to prevent misunderstandings and problems. As half the staff had completed their DPP by the time I left, in practise we had several 'deputies', who we arranged in order of qualification as their seniority.


Hope that helps! xD Or is it clear as mud - looks a bit unwieldy now I see it written down :o


Sue :D

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Short and sweet reply as I have to go and pick my daughter up from school, but the answer is 'Yes'

Ofsted do require you to have a named deputy


Standard 2.2 "There is a named deputy who is able to take charge in the absence of the manager"


hope this is of some help!


Bye for now



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Hi Abijac

Welcome to the forum.

We have a deputy in our pre-school who is in charge if I am absent. We also have a senior assistant who can take charge in the event we are both absent. They are both qualified to level 3 as necessary.


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