June O’Sullivan

June O’Sullivan, MBE (LEYF) started the conversation on Nursery World Linkedin forum in May 2013, due to her concerns about the new Ofsted approach to regulation and their aggressive tone.

A deep, continuous river of comments flowed from thoughtful, caring and responsible people across the sector. With nearly 400 comments, a raft of examples and complaints, exponential increase in appeals to complaint-initiated inspections that river has become a swollen torrent. So it was decided to take action and try to engage Ofsted, get them on board, share the sector’s concerns and consider solutions.

June was joined by Catriona Nason, Director of NEYTCO,  who established the #Oftsed Big Conversation website.

#Oftsed Big Conversation is the collaboration of an amazing team of Early Years practitioners, child minders, Local Authorities, organisations, trainers and consultants throughout the UK.


Catriona Nason

#OBC is an invitation to share experiences, support one another and vitally – engage Ofsted!  This is a gathering pace for all those interested in the fairness and quality of Ofsted inspections.

We want you to share your experiences, voice your frustrations and most importantly come along to one of our regional meetings. See the map and contacts below. All are welcome!


Grateful thanks to Nursery World, NDNA, Parenta, Pre-School Learning Alliance, Daynurseries.co.uk,  Early Years Business Magazine, NMT Magazine – Nursery Management Today, Optimus Education and all other article contributors – and those publications who featured the #OfstedBigConversation story.


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