Ofsted updates


5 November 2019

After the Early Years Alliance received emails from childminders confused about the rules around providing care for both early years children and school-age children we have worked with Ofsted to produce the below information which we hope will offer clarity and ease concerns.

Download the guidance for childminders 

2 September 2019

Early Years Inspection Handbook for Ofsted registered provision — Updated with minor changes as Ofsted launches the Education Inspection Framework (EIF). It was first published on 14 May 2019. 

16 January 2019

Ofsted has launched a consultation on the new Education Inspection Framework and published a draft revised Early Years Inspection Handbook. The Alliance has produced a comprehensive summary of the key proposed changes to the Handbook, which is available in the Members' Area.

12 February 2018 

Ofsted has confirmed that the Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) has been scrapped to help reduce the burden on early years providers.

3 April 2017 

Ofsted has updated its Early years inspection handbook to reflect new in-house inspection arrangements and has added new early years inspection myths.

2 March 2017

Ofsted has updated its guidance on Conducting Childcare Register inspections and Early years compliance in line with the move to in-house Ofsted inspections as of 1 April 2017.

30 November 2016

Ofsted has clarified that early years providers can appoint someone who is not a member of their governing body to act as their nominated individual under certain circumstances.

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29 February 2016

Ofsted has published guidance on the conduct of inspectors and Ofsted’s expectations of providers during inspection.

Click here to download the guidance.

25 February 2015

Ofsted updates early years guidance: Ofsted have published updated versions of a number of important early years documents:

24 September 2015

Ofsted have published an updated version of the self evaluation form and guidance to be used from September 2015.

8 September 2015

Ofsted have published an update of the early years compliance handbook, which provides the legal background to Ofsted’s childminding and childcare compliance and enforcement work.

Download the handbook
Download a summary of the changes

1 September 2015

Ofsted has published an updated version of the Complaints about Ofsted document, which outlines the process of raising concerns and making a complaint about the inspectorate.

Download the updated document

28 August 2015

Ofsted has published updated version of the early years inspection handbook and Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills, ahead of the implementation of the Common Inspection Framework in September.

Download a summary of the changes to the early years inspection handbook
Download a summary of the changes to Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills
Download an overview of Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills.

13 August 2015

Ofsted have rewritten guidance on what happens when Ofsted judges a childcare provider to be inadequate or not meeting registration requirements. The Ofsted website states that the document has only been rewritten for clarity, and there are no factual changes.

Download the guidance

15 June 2015

Ofsted have published the Common Inspection Framework, which will come into effect in September 2015. As part as this change, Ofsted have published an updated version of the Early Years Inspection Handbook (which also applies as of September 2015).

There is also a new guide to inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills from September 2015, and a briefing document outlining the key inspection changes.

11 June 2015

Ofsted has compiled its compliance, investigation and enforcement guidance into one comprehensive handbook.

Read the handbook

22 May 2015

Ofsted has published a new comprehensive handbook for early years inspectors. The Early Years Inspection Handbook combines existing guidance from Conducting early years inspections, the Evaluation Schedule and other Ofsted guidance, setting out what Ofsted inspectors must do — and what early years providers can expect — during early years inspections, and providing guidance for inspectors on making judgements.

A breakdown of the new handbook and how it compares to existing Ofsted guidance.

5 March 2015

Ofsted have published a revised version of the framework for the regulation and inspection of provision on the early years register from September 2014, which includes a change to guidance on ‘the quality of regulatory and inspection work’ (para 78).

Read about the changes

5 February 2015

Ofsted has published a new safeguarding children and young people and young vulnerable adults policy guidance document.

The guidance is for members of Ofsted’s workforce, both inspectors and office-based staff; additional inspectors and other people, consultants and agencies contracted by Ofsted.

Download the guidance

3 February 2015

Ofsted will introduce a new standardised inspection framework for the education sector. From September 2015, all education providers — including early years providers — will be inspected on the following criteria:

  • Effectiveness of leadership and management
  • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
  • Personal development, behaviour and welfare
  • Outcomes for children and learners.

More information on the new framework.

27 January 2015

Ofsted have published new, shorter reporting requirement guidance for early years inspectors.

Read the guidance

17 October 2014

Ofsted have updated three early years guidance documents to show changes to rules about the inspection of newly-registered providers and providers previously judged as ‘inadequate’.

Download a summary of the changes.

22 September 2014

Ofsted have published updated guidance on DBS checks for childcare provider. The document includes information on the DBS update service.

Download the guidance.

20 August 2014

Ofsted has published updated version of key early years inspection guidance documents:

  • Framework for the regulation of provision on the Early Years Register
  • Evaluation schedule for inspections of registered early years provision
  • Conducting early years inspections

Download a summary of the key changes.

9 April 2014

Ofsted has announced that nurseries and pre-schools rated as ‘requires improvement’ will be monitored through regional meetings, rather than through monitoring visits.
Ofsted’s Early years inspection and regulation newsletter (pages 3 - 4)

16 January 2014

Ofsted has published two updated documents for early years providers judged ‘inadequate’. The guidance reflects the changes from the revised inspection framework implemented in November 2013.

Download the documents:

4 November 2013

Changes to the way that Ofsted inspects and reports on all registered early years providers have come into effect.

For all early years providers:

  • The ‘satisfactory’ judgment was replaced by ‘requires improvement’
  • ‘Inadequate’ providers will be re-inspected after six months
  • If ‘inadequate’ providers failed to improve and are still judged to be ‘inadequate’ after this time, Ofsted may take steps to cancel their registration

For pre-schools and nurseries:

  • Settings judged as ‘requires improvement’ will be re-inspected within a year with the expectation that they will achieve ‘good’ within two years
  • Settings that fail to improve after two years are likely to be judged ‘inadequate’

The updated Evaluation schedule for inspections of registered early years provision reveals a number of other important changes to the inspection process.

Download a comprehensive summary of the key changes.
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