EXPERIENCE of early-years is unlikely to be a bonus for candidates applying for the pound;85,000-per-year post of director of the new early-years division of the Office for Standards in Education, dubbed OFTOT.
A history of work in the sector is one of the things missing from the requirements listed in the job advert due to go out next week.
It will be one more disappointment for early-years organisations who say their voices have been ignored in the development of the Government's childcare strategy.Eva Lloyd, chief executive of the National Early Years Network, said:
"We asked for someone with experience in early years given the huge changes that are going on, involving so many different professionals."
The Early Years Directorate, takes over the registration and inspection of nurseries, creches, playgroups and childminders in September 2001. It will employ 1,900 staff, mostly home-based childcare inspectors, and will dwarf the current Office for Standards in Education operation.