Guidance

Inspecting registered early years providers: guidance for inspectors

Ofsted inspectors use this handbook when inspecting early years providers.

Documents

Early years inspection handbook

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Early years inspection handbook

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Details

From 1 April 2017, Ofsted inspectors will carry out early years inspections: inspection service providers (ISPs) will inspect to 31 March 2017. Consequently, the handbook was re-published in March 2017 to remove references to the ISPs. No other changes have been made.

The early years handbook has the main inspection activities and the judgements for inspection under the ‘Common inspection framework: education, skills and early years’.