Early years inspection handbook (EIF)

Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019.


Early years inspection handbook for Ofsted registered provision

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This guidance applies from September 2019. For current inspections, please consult the current early years inspection handbook.

This handbook is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out inspections.

We also publish this for childcare providers so that they are aware of Ofsted’s inspection processes and procedures under the education inspection framework (EIF).

Published 14 May 2019