Supporting children to enjoy books: The new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework (2019)

Ofsted's new Education Inspection Framework (EIF) is due to be implemented from September 2019. See how our We're Going on a Bear Hunt resources can help you meet the new standards.

Ofsted's new Education Inspection Framework (EIF), to be implemented from September 2019 will work alongside the new Inspecting Safeguarding in Early Years, Education and Skills Settings (2019) guidance. See a full breakdown of all changes you need to be aware of here.

The new EIF has a focus on supporting children to enjoy books, rhymes, poems and songs. We have teamed up with Walker Books to create a whole host of We're Going on a Bear Hunt resources to support you in meeting the new EIF standards. See our resources here.   

The changes:

Going forward, EIF inspections will give grades to early years settings in the following areas: 

  1. Overall effectiveness 
  2. Quality of education
  3. Behaviour and attitudes
  4. Personal development
  5. Leadership and management.

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and how well staff are supporting children to enjoy books, rhymes, poems and songs will now be assessed under 'Quality of Education' based on:

  • Intent (what do you want the children to learn)
  • the Implementation (how you will help them to learn) and the 
  • Impact (how do you know what you have done has helped the child to learn? What has the child learnt?). 

How observations will change in regards to communication and language in early years: 

When observing interactions between staff and children, inspectors should consider how well you and your staff:

  • Engage in dialogue with children
  • Watch, listen and respond to children
  • Model language well
  • Read aloud and tell stories to children
  • Encourage children to sing songs, nursery rhymes and musical games
  • Encourage children to express their thoughts and use new words.
 (Pages 16-17 of The Early Years Inspection Handbook for Ofsted registered provision 2019)

To meet 'Outstanding':

  • The provider meets all the criteria for a good 'Quality of Education' securely and consistently
  • The quality of education at this setting is exceptional 
  • Children consistently use new vocabulary that enables them to communicate effectively
  • They speak with increasing confidence and fluency, which means that they secure strong foundations for future learning, especially in preparation for them to become fluent readers.

To meet 'Good':

  • Practitioners ensure that their own speaking, listening and reading of English enables children to hear and develop their own language and vocabulary well
  • They read to children in a way that excites and engages them, introducing new ideas, concepts and vocabulary
  • Practitioners share information with parents about their child’s progress in relation to the EYFS
  • They help parents to support and extend their child’s learning at home, including how to encourage a love of reading
  • Children enjoy, listen attentively and respond with comprehension to familiar stories, rhymes and songs that are appropriate to their age and stage of development.

(Pages 33-35 of The Early Years Inspection Handbook for Ofsted registered provision 2019)

See NDNA's Education Inspection Framework resources to help you meet these new standards here.

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The EYFS Pilot (September 2018) revealed that:
Spoken language development underpins all seven areas of learning and development.

Back-and-forth interactions from an early age form the foundations for language and cognitive development.

The quality and variety of language experienced throughout the day is crucial for developing understanding, vocabulary and the ability to communicate effectively with others.

Introducing new vocabulary through reading, engaging actively in stories, non-fiction, rhymes and poems, and opportunities to use and embed new words in a range of contexts, allows children to thrive.

Through conversation, storytelling, role-play, sharing ideas with, and modelling from their teacher, children become comfortable using a rich range of vocabulary.

The frequency and depth of daily exchanges, and the confidence that develops when children are involved in positive communication, are fundamental to their progress.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt resources to support your nursery

To support you with the new Ofsted Education Inspection Framework, together with Walker Books, we've created a range of other useful resources on storytelling for nurseries.

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Top tips for storytelling at nursery

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