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FREE Downloadable Early Years Inspection Handbook

This handbook describes the main activities that inspectors undertake when
they conduct inspections of early years providers in England registered under
sections 49 and 50 of the Childcare Act 2006.

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The handbook has two parts:
◼ Part 1. How we will inspect Ofsted registered early years providers
This contains instructions and guidance for inspectors on preparing for and
conducting early years registered inspections.
◼ Part 2. The evaluation schedule
This contains guidance for inspectors on judging the quality and standards
of Ofsted registered early years settings and indicates the main types of
evidence used.

This handbook is available to providers and other organisations to make sure
that they know about inspection processes and procedures. It balances the
need for consistent inspection with the flexibility needed to respond to each
provider’s particular circumstances. It should be regarded as an explanation of
normal procedures, as inspections will vary according to the evidence provided.
This handbook applies from September 2019.
Privacy notice
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During an inspection, inspectors will collect information about staff and children
at the setting by looking at records and observing the everyday life of the
setting. Ofsted uses this information to prepare its report and for the purposes
set out in its privacy policy.
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