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This Ofsted handbook sets out the policy and approach to its compliance, investigation and enforcement work for providers registered on the Early Years or the Childcare Register.
Added a section on telephone work to the regulatory activity section; updated policy about hearing objections and risk assessment thresholds; removed surveillance section - this will be published separately; removed table of disqualifiable offences, as this is published by the Department for Education and removed references to pocket notebooks as inspectors now choose the most appropriate way to record evidence.
Updates throughout: please see summary of changes for more information.
Updated for new inspection arrangements from 1 April 2017.
Early years compliance handbook updated and summary of changes document added.
Updated for changes due to the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015.