Ofsted say No, to No notice

Ofsted Outstanding 2015 Elements of the new Common Inspection Framework were shared at an NDNA conference I attended this week. The highlight for us in Early Years is perhaps the introduction of ½ days inspection notice!

Although this is probably more of a win for the schools (they won’t be getting no-notice inspections) than for us, we must be grateful for what we can get – mustn’t we? Understandably, Ofsted do say that they reserve the right to provide a no-notice inspection when it may be related to safeguarding.

Whilst I have never previously advocated having to prepare for Ofsted, I believe with the new tougher inspections it is completely essential nowadays. Staff need to be prepared for what is to come and this new framework will have changes in both layout and emphasis. Will having notice allow us to be more prepared – or just cause us to get more nervous? What can you really get done in half a day?

We have developed a series of courses that examine all aspects of childcare provisions from ensuring you are meeting the Statutory Requirements to how you are being judged within the Evaluation Schedule (which is also changing) and then looking at Inspection Day itself – we will of course be updating to include all those ideas for what to do with your half-day notice!

For more of our write up from the NDNA conference click here

About the author: Tricia Wellings

Tricia Wellings EYNFF Early Years National Funding Formula Analysis
Tricia qualified as an NNEB and achieved a BA (Hons) in Early Education Studies and Early Years Teacher Status. She obtained her PTLLS and CTTLS in order to teach adults and most recently her A1 assessors award. She has run a group of day nurseries for 18 years and trains her own teams.

Her passion for and knowledge of owning and running a nursery group and the issues within the sector that affect them is second to none. She continues to keep herself updated through regular meetings with PVI groups, Local Authorities, Ofsted Big Conversation and Conferences.

You can find our more about Tricia on her website www.triciawellings.co.uk

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