Preparing for Inspection – aiming for Outstanding


The inspection framework was introduced in Sept 2015 and is used by all Ofsted inspectors when they visit childminders and group providers.

The emphasis of inspection is on the curriculum (what you are teaching and how children are learning). You can find more information about teaching and learning in the early years in this series of Activity Guides.


Safeguarding will always be important during inspection and there is a guidance document which talks in detail about how safeguarding will be inspected from September 2015.

Inspection Guidance

The main inspection guidance for childminders and early years group providers is the Early Years Inspection handbook. Ofsted describe it as their interpretation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS, 2017).

There is another document from Ofsted which early years providers might find useful because it provides an overview of how Ofsted are going to be inspecting childminders, nurseries, pre-schools etc from September 2015. It is called ‘Teaching and Play in the early years – a balancing act’.

Ofsted have also published a myth busting document which providers might find useful.

More support are here to support our members.

We have commissioned a new Learning Journey toolkit which will help you to record children’s learning and development and show the progress they are making from their starting points.

We have also added NEW content to our website with information for all early years practitioners about how to self-evaluate and action plan in response to Ofsted withdrawing their SEF.

If you would like any support with preparing for your inspection, have a range of documents to support you on the Childminder Guides section of the website.


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