Ofsted in early years

Find out what Ofsted means to your early years setting

The Ofsted Inspection Framework update - September 2019

  • Members can access key changes and comparison tables here
  • Access a series of half-day workshops across England here
  • Read the issues raised so far by NDNA members here
  • Read NDNA’s response to the changes here.

What is Ofsted?

 Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills.

Ofsted's role is to inspect and regulate England-based services that care for children and young people as well as services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

As a nursery or childcare provider based in England you must be registered with Ofsted as they must carry out inspections and regulatory visits.

The results are then published online so you can use them to improve the overall quality of education and training in your setting.

What is The Common Inspection Framework?

The Common Inspection Framework is the framework Ofsted inspects your early years settings against. 

This framework comes with guidance for inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills too.