This evaluation schedule is for use during inspections of registered early years provision carried out from September 2012. It sets out:
the judgements that inspectors will make and report on
the aspects of the registered early years provision that inspectors will evaluate
outline guidance about the evidence that inspectors may gather
grade descriptors to guide inspectors in making their judgements in the inspection of registered early years provision. 2.
It should not be used to inspect early years provision in maintained and independent schools that is not registered, or provision registered on the Childcare Register. 3.
The outline guidance is not exhaustive but is intended to guide inspectors on the range and type of evidence they might collect. 4.
The evaluation schedule must be used in conjunction with the guidance set out in Conducting early years inspections, the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage 2012 and Development matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage. Inspection judgements
Inspectors will judge the overall quality and standards of the early years provision, taking into account three key judgements:
how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend
the contribution of the early years provision to children’s well-being
the leadership and management of the early years provision. 6.
Inspectors are required to weigh up the evidence in a particular area and to consider it against the descriptors for outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate before making a professional judgement. 7.
Inspectors must apply professional knowledge and experience when using the criteria. They must take account of the context of the provision inspected, in particular children’s ages, stages of development, the amount of time children spend at the setting each week, and the length of time children that attend for. 8.
Children should have access to high-quality early years provision in order to make the most of their talents and abilities. It is important to be clear about the main features of such provision and so the grade descriptors for good are more detailed than the other grade descriptors. When evaluating each aspect of the early years provision, inspectors must start by considering whether the provision meets the descriptors for good, and whether it is better than good, or worse. 9.
Inspectors must then consider which descriptor best fits the evidence available. When evidence indicates that any of the bullet points in the descriptor for inadequate apply, that aspect of the early years provision must be judged inadequate. 10.
Inspectors are required to consider the evidence from the whole evaluation schedule when making the overall judgement on the quality and standards of the early years provision. Children’s needs
Inspections focus on how well individual children benefit from their early years experience. It is important to test the provider’s response to individual needs by observing how well they help all children to make effective progress, especially those whose needs or circumstances require particularly perceptive intervention and/or additional support. In any particular provision, this may include:
disabled children, as defined by the Equality Act 2010, and those who have special educational needs
groups of children with starting points that are significantly below those expected for their age
those who are easily able to exceed expectations for their age
children from disadvantaged families and/or backgrounds, including:
looked after children
children for whom English is an additional language
children of service families.
Descriptors and guidance
How well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children who attend 12.
Inspectors must evaluate and report on:
the impact of practitioners on children’s learning and...
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