The Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook

The Early Years Inspection handbook has been updated by Ofsted and will be used by inspectors from September 2019. You can the latest handbook here.

Ofsted have changed the format of inspection from September 2019 – the focus will be on quality of education, children’s personal development and behaviour and attitudes to their learning and provider’s leadership and management.

The curriculum will be ‘at the heart of’ inspection and Ofsted are working with the Department for Education to ensure paperwork does not take precedence over quality early years practice. aims to support all practitioners through the changes and have produced a series of information guides and supporting webinars. 

We also have a free Q&A on the new early years inspection framework.

Information Guides

Preparing for the Early Years Inspection

Learning Walks

Cultural Capital

Curriculum in the Early Years

Developing Children’s Vocabulary in the Early Years

Reading to Early Years Children


Early Years Inspections from September 2019

First Broadcast: Tuesday 2nd July 2019
Running time: 84 minutes
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Learning Walks in Early Years Settings

First Broadcast: Tuesday 9th July 2019 
Running time: 72 minutes
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Cultural Capital in the Early Years

First Broadcast: Tuesday 16th July 2019 7.30pm
Running time: 78 minutes
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The Early Years Curriculum

First Broadcast: Tuesday 23rd July 2019 
Running time: 90 minutes
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Vocabulary and Reading in the Early Years

First Broadcast: Tuesday 30th July 2019 
Running time: 85 minutes
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