From the New 2019 Inspection Framework EY Handbook, inspection information, consultations, policy updates, training and briefing papers, this page will provide current OFSTED information relevant to all registered providers.

Who are Ofsted?

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children's Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. Ofsted inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.


Education Inspection Framework 2019

As you are aware, the Education Inspection Framework will come into effect on 1st September 2019




There are two Ofsted Education Inspection Framework presentations:

A recording of an Ofsted webinar answering childminder’s questions and setting out what the new Education Inspection Framework means for Childminders is available here 

Please be aware that this webinar was delivered on 10 June 2019, the information is current but the poll questions are no longer active.

Ofsted have released 2 videos relating to changes from the Education Inspection Framework

Video: Inspecting early years providers – care before and after school - Julie-Ann Morris, Ofsted's Senior Manager, Early Years Policy, talks about providers that only offer care before and after the school day or during school holidays.
Video: What does 'cultural capital' mean for early years? - Wendy Ratcliff, Her Majesty's Inspector, Early Years Policy, explains how 'cultural capital' applies to early years and gives children the knowledge and skills to prepare them for future success.

Good Practice Guides

Getting it right first time: achieving and maintaining high-quality early years provision

Ofsted Updates

Early Years and Childcare providers may find it useful to register for Ofsted email alert system. You can receive daily, weekly or monthly email alerts about:

  • Inspection reports
  • Publications
  • Inspection and regulation forms and guides
  • Videos and podcasts
  • Consultations
  • News and Newsletter

To register for updates click here

The Early Years Team recommend that Early Years and Childcare providers regularly visit the Ofsted website to ensure they have the most current information

Ofsted Inspections

Can we please remind Early Years and Childcare providers to telephone the Early Years Team when Ofsted arrives to conduct an inspection or monitoring visit so we can arrange for an Early Years Officer to attend the feedback session.

Essential Reading

Ofsted guidance documents can be found on the Ofsted website.  A selection of useful documents can be found by clicking on the links below. N.B. Please make sure you have the most up to date version in your setting (either a paper or electronic copy).