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Changes to Early Years Ofsted Education Inspection Framework Handbook

13 Jul 2022|08:26
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There has been one major change and 16 minor changes to the Ofsted Early Years Education Inspection Framework Handbook which will come into force from 1st September 2022. In Part 3: A new section on inspecting childminders under the EIF has been added. All previous references to childminders in parts 1 and 2 have been removed and incorporated in this section.

Other changes include: 

  • Paragraph 5-8: The ‘Privacy notice’ heading has been renamed ‘Gathering personal information on inspection’. Information in this section has been updated to focus on inspectors’ powers to gather, use and store evidence.
  • Paragraph 9: A new paragraph has been added to explain that Ofsted may carry out research as part of their inspection activities.
  • Paragraph 46: There is updated COVID-19 guidance and the addition of a bullet point explaining that the lead inspector may ask about the number of staff in the setting and their levels of qualification.
  • Paragraph 70: Clarification has been added to bullet point 2 regarding what inspectors will talk to children and staff about.
  • Paragraph 100: Clarification that meetings with leaders and staff must take place without the presence of any senior staff at the setting.
  • Paragraph 102: Clarification added that inspectors may speak to parents on the telephone if more convenient.

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