Ofsted Inspection Preparation Pack

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Preparing for your Ofsted inspection

You must comply with the Early Years Foundation Stage 

EYFS Audit - to help check with your compliance

If you are registered to care for older children, you must comply with the Childcare Register:

Child Register Audit

There are 4 judgements made at the end of an Ofsted inspection:

• Quality of education

• Behaviour and attitudes

• Personal development

• Leadership and management

The following will help you prepare:

Quick Guide to Ofsted Inspection

Getting Ready for Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted Inspection Anxiety

Ofsted Early Years Inspection Handbook Compliance Audit

Ofsted Pre-inspection Checklist

No Children on roll during Ofsted Inspection

Ofsted Good and Outstanding guidance

Safeguarding / child protection

Safeguarding policy (statutory)

Where possible you should use your Local Authority safeguarding model policy. However, this is not always possible, so Childcare.co.uk provides you with a comprehensive safeguarding policy which you can adapt for your setting and ways of working.

Safeguarding guidance

Safeguarding quick reference cards

Safeguarding Q&A to help you revise your knowledge and check staff understanding

Safeguarding glossary of terms

Documents linked to safeguarding

You must also have a working knowledge of:

• Working together to safeguard children

• What to do if you’re worried a child is being abused

• The Prevent duty guidance

• Information sharing guidance

• Data protection legislation

You will find a list of links for useful safeguarding documents in our Childminder Guides and Childminder Paperwork sections.


Complaints policy (statutory)

Complaints form - to allow you to record complaints

Cultural Capital

Cultural Capital

Record keeping forms

The following recording keeping forms are required by the EYFS:

Accident, injury and first aid form (statutory)

Medication administration form (statutory)

Incident record form including physical restraint (statutory)

Permission forms (statutory)


Note contracts are usually a requirement of your insurance:

Childminder contract for each child in your setting

Contract addendum – to keep existing updated


Essential paperwork checklist

Statutory paperwork to share with new parents

Professional development opportunities

Free early years webinars

Watch 200+ pre-recorded webinars on the Childcare.co.uk Webinar Player for gold members.

Professional development record

Last minute inspection preparation

10 top tips for a successful Ofsted inspection

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