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Time for Reflection
Learn about Ofsted’s new inspection framework

June 20, 2022

Take time to reflect on your business and get ready for your post-coronavirus return.

Take time to reflect on your business and get ready for your post-coronavirus return.
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The coronavirus pandemic is a highly stressful situation, filled with uncertainty and constant change. All schools and early years settings across the UK have now been asked to close for all but the most high priority childcare, and for the foreseeable future (as of Friday 20th March).

We know that this has caused a huge strain, but as we weather the storm, it’s also likely to provide us with time for self-reflection and thought A chance to ensure that once this dust settles , you and your staff team are ready to come out stronger, more knowledgeable and able to continue to provide the best care possible.

Hear from the experts

Even though Ofsted inspections are now on hold, it’s a great time to get prepared for the call once schools and childcare settings do reopen. With a new inspection framework recently released there are some important changes to be aware of. To find out more about the new framework, my colleague Matt sat down with Wendy Ratcliff, an Ofsted inspector who was instrumental in the development of the new early years inspection framework in collaboration with Gill Jones and the rest of her team.

In their discussion, they cover what’s changed since the new framework came into effect, what you can do to prepare as well as some of the myths around Ofsted. Some of the key takeaways included:

  • Greater emphasis on the learning walk during an inspection – you should use this as a way to explain how things are done in your setting and why.
  • Inspectors aren’t trying to confuse practitioners with the new terminology and will not focus on whether or not staff understand exact vocabulary, but instead how well they know and understand the children’s development.
  • The inspection and reports are really trying to explain as best as possible what it’s like to be a child in your setting, hence the simplification of the report style.
  • There’s no need for ‘an Ofsted folder’, Ofsted don’t want settings to produce paperwork for the sake of it and would rather see your setting in action.
  • The increased focus on behaviour doesn’t mean that you’ll be marked down if a child does misbehave, inspectors are interested in seeing how staff manage behaviour and help the children improve.

Find out more

To learn more, you can watch the full interview below, or click here to read through all of the new resources Ofsted have provided.

The big ideas

Official Danish Government Reopening Advice

Guidance from the Danish Health Ministry, translated in full to English.

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UK Nursery Covid-19 Response Group Recommendations

The full recommendations from a working group of over 70 nursery chains in the UK.

Please note: here at Famly we love sharing creative activities for you to try with the children at your setting, but you know them best. Take the time to consider adaptions you might need to make so these activities are accessible and developmentally appropriate for the children you work with. Just as you ordinarily would, conduct risk assessments for your children and your setting before undertaking new activities, and ensure you and your staff are following your own health and safety guidelines.

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