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Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections
Thriving Children, Confident Staff



© 2017 | 152 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Shortlisted for Best Professional Book by Nursery World Awards 2017!

The stakes have never been higher: Ofsted have a new, tougher inspection framework for the early years. If you are judged to be less than good, you risk losing funding for places. A reputation that took years to build can vanish overnight.

 

But instead of hiding behind the “Ofsted monster” to get things done, Early Years expert Julian Grenier argues that it’s time to do what’s right for children and families, and build long-lasting and effective provision.

 

Completely up to date with Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and avoiding a ‘tick-box’ approach to preparation, Julian focuses on the importance of developing your provision and your team up to and beyond inspection day.  It is accompanied by easy-to-use time-saving pro formas and self-reflective documents that can be downloaded online for free. 

 

This book is ideal for head teachers, senior leaders, EYFS co-ordinators, nursery managers and Early Years practitioners.

 

“We had our Ofsted Inspection on May 31st and achieved an Outstanding grade which we are very proud of, as you might imagine! I used Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections to focus my thoughts when preparing for the inspection and I am sure it was a contributory factor in our grade.”
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Wendy Taylor, Nursery Manager, Acorns Nursery

 

 
Part One: Developing the professionalism, skills and confidence of your staff team
 
1. Introduction
 
2. The basics: making sure you meet the legal requirements
 
3. Building staff skills, professionalism and morale to create and sustain effective EYFS practice
 
Part Two: Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework for the early years
 
4. Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework
 
5. Effectiveness of leadership and management
 
6. Quality of teaching, learning and assessment
 
7. Personal development, behaviour and welfare
 
8. Outcomes
 
9. Bringing it all together: how effective is your early years provision?
 
Part Three: Your inspection day and beyond
 
10. Inspection day: being confident and ready for your inspection

In ‘Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections’ by Julian Grenier, it's refreshing to see a focus on pedagogy practice and whole-team approach, starting with the children as a priority. Julian reinforces the point that settings and schools should focus on quality, examining what they do and how this has an impact on children’s current and long-term learning and development. Julian has reflected on research, and provides case studies and helpful, easy-to-use, self-reflective documents, providing a 360-degree approach to Ofsted inspections. Indeed, as Julian believes: ‘Thriving Children, Confident Staff’ are the essential ingredients of an outstanding setting or school.

Laura Henry
Independent Early Years Consultant and Trainer

This book provides navigational tools which help leaders and managers of early childhood practice, working in a range of settings , to find their way through the complexities of the work they do, and to deepen their sense of fulfilment in working with the children, families and staff as well as the challenges they deal with daily.

The information presented has great clarity and is very accessible to read. There is enjoyable provocation towards thought and reflection, with practical guidance to help leaders and managers into ‘discussion, debate and professional dialogue’ with staff and families.

Whilst acknowledging its importance, it sets Ofsted in a contextualised framework such that ‘the tail does not wag the dog’, and it shows the pitfalls of responding to ‘every fashion, whim or headline’. The case studies provide invaluable help in developing and sustaining quality of practice, so that children are given of the best in this short but important phase of their lives. This book will guide, support and help the reader to be strong through their journey.  

Tina Bruce
CBE

Early Years expert Julian Grenier argues that it’s time to do what’s right for children and families, and build long-lasting and effective provision which is not simply focused on Ofsted results but which is always aspirational. Completely up to date with Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework and avoiding a ‘tick-box’ approach to preparation, Julian focuses on the importance of developing your provision and your team up to and beyond inspection day.
It is accompanied by easy-to-use time-saving pro formas and self-reflective documents that can be downloaded online for free - these are valuable documents which help to focus attention on key areas. A practical, down-to-earth book that will help embed good practice.

Sarah Brew
Parents in Touch

The author is highly respected throughout the sector for this work, and the book is completely up-to-date with the latest Common Inspection Framework. One of the strengths of the book is that it avoids a 'tick-box' approach to 'passing inspections', a trap that would be easy to fall into. Instead, the author guides you through processes of improvement, such as building staff skills and morale, and handily details the inspection framework.

Neil Henty
Early Years Educator

Sample Materials & Chapters

Successful Early Years Ofsted Inspections: Introduction


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