What's new for early years in Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework?

What's new for early years in Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework?

Posted on Nov 18, 2019
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What's new for early years settings in Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework?

Inspections of registered early years providers will be carried out under Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework from September 2019 – it replaces the Common Inspection Framework which was previously used.

We believe it’s important for those working in early years to be aware of any changes in this area, so we ensure we stay up-to-date with developments and keep all of our courses and resources regularly updated in line with any new guidance or changes to legislation.

The flick subscription includes the new Ofsted’s Early Years Education Inspection Framework – flick essentials course, which covers the details of key updates, and can be reported on by administrators.

We’ll look at some of these changes here.

How will settings be graded?

Settings will continue to be awarded either Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, or Inadequate as their grade.

However, your setting will be judged against new criteria: quality of education, behaviour and attitudes, personal development, and leadership and management.

We’re going to have a look at each of these now.

Quality of Education

Three areas will be evaluated to reach a conclusion on the quality of education – intent, implementation, and impact.

Inspectors will be looking for 'cultural capital' – a new term in Ofsted guidance – referring to the knowledge children need to prepare for their future, broaden their minds and understanding, and experience awe and wonder.

Behaviour and Attitudes

Ofsted will look at whether it is evident in children’s behaviour and attitudes that staff have high expectations and have implemented these consistently and fairly.

They will also look at how effectively settings deal with bad behaviour, and consider the ways children demonstrate their attitudes through the characteristics of effective learning.

Personal Development

Inspectors will assess what is done to support and develop children in several ways. They want to see equality and diversity and British Values promoted and celebrated.

You must demonstrate, amongst other things, that your setting is celebrating each unique child, supporting emotional security and literacy, providing a rich set of experiences, and showing clear support for healthy diet and lifestyle.

Leadership and Management

Inspectors will want to see concern for staff, engagement with community, and high levels of safeguarding – focusing on three key areas: identifying those who need early help or are at risk, ensuring the right support is achieved, and managing statutory responsibilities.

Leaders and managers should be aware of any areas needing improvement and be prepared to discuss the quality of their provision.

Take a look at our free white paper for a more detailed summary of the changes for early years.

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