Early years education ‘much improved’, says outgoing Ofsted chief. But how can it be made even better?

Early years education ‘much improved’, says outgoing Ofsted chief. But how can it be made even better?

Posted on Dec 08, 2016

Early years education ‘much improved’, says outgoing Ofsted chief. But how can it be made even better?



Sir Michael Wilshaw – the Chief Inspector at Ofsted, the schools and education watchdog – last week said in his final Ofsted annual report that the number of ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ early years providers has risen by 22 per cent in the last six years.

This is a great and welcome improvement, and gives parents increased confidence in the system. It means that there are now 91 per cent off all active early years providers in the UK with a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ rating.

Sir Michael said: “The quality of early years provision continues to rise. Inspection results are high in all types of early years provision. Parents are now much more likely to have access for their children to a good local nursery or school than when I first took up my post.”

He will stand down at the end of this year after 5 years in the job, which he accepted a year after receiving a knighthood for services to education, so he certainly knows what he’s talking about.


This all seems pretty excellent. How can it be made much better?

Unfortunately, despite the fantastic high percentage of ‘good’ and ‘outstanding’ settings, if you’re good at maths you’ll be able to work out that there are still 9 per cent of settings that are not up to scratch.

This means there are around 1,800 settings around the UK that are rated either as requiring improvement or inadequate.

Obviously, there can be many different reasons why settings might not get a satisfactory Ofsted grade, but one of the best places to start is making sure you and your staff are trained in awareness of every different area of safeguarding.

And just as important as those areas of training is making sure that all early years staff having a strong familiarity of the EYFS statutory framework.


What is the EYFS?

The EYFS stands for Early Years Foundation Stage and is a set of standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All school reception classes, childminders, and Ofsted-registered early years providers must follow it.

What we’re subtly trying to get at is that for those 1,800 settings that aren’t up to scratch – as well as all the other 91 per cent of settings that need to maintain their standards – knowing that your staff are fully trained in all the necessary areas that Ofsted look for is a great starting point for building towards a ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ Ofsted inspection.


Train your staff

This is where we come in. Subscribing with flick offers access to all flick courses, plus downloadable guides and resources in the flick library. We offer all the safeguarding training that everyone in your setting will need, as well as our recently launched popular course ‘the EYFS made simple’.

The best part is that all of this is available from as little as £10. The subscription offers access to every single one of our 36 stunning, unique and cutting-edge e-learning courses (as well as any we add in the future), plus downloadable guides and resources in the flick library.



Take a look at our course list and sign up for a free demo today.

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