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.
Going forward, EIF inspections will give grades to early years settings in the following areas:
- Overall effectiveness
- Quality of education
- Behaviour and attitudes
- Personal development
- 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.