Government updates

Important OFSTED changes

The following documents were updated on July 11 2022. Childminders should take particular note of the changes in the early Years Inspection handbook:

Early years inspection handbook

Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework.

Change made: Added updated guidance for September 2022.

Part 3: New section on inspecting childminders under the EIF. All previous references to childminders in parts 1 and 2 have been removed and incorporated in this section. See ‘Summary of changes’ for more information.

Ofsted EIF inspections and the EYFS

What schools, registered early years providers and childminders need to know about delivering the current and revised early years foundation stage (EYFS) and Ofsted inspections under the education inspection framework (EIF).

Updates throughout to reflect paragraph references in the early years handbook published on 11 July 2022.

Text amended in the following:

  • What impact have the EYFS reforms had on Ofsted inspections?
  • Will Ofsted negatively judge settings for having ‘stripped-back, COVID-safe provision’, for example provision with no soft furnishings, dressing-up clothes, pillows or cosy spaces, and no sand or water?
  • Are there flexibilities in place for providers that are facing recruitment and retention issues or experiencing high numbers of staff off sick? Will Ofsted take this into consideration when inspecting?’
  • Can Ofsted carry out inspections without any notice?

New questions:

  • What’s happened to the COVID-19 section which was in the previous edition of the early years inspection handbook?
  • Can before- and after-school clubs and holiday provision use Ofsted logos?

Schools and early education update: academic year 2021 to 2022

Updates for inspectors and stakeholders with the latest information and guidance about Ofsted’s inspection work in schools and early education settings.

Change made: Added the July edition of the school and early education update.