The new Ofsted Common Inspection Framework

12 August 2015

From 1 September 2015 the Common Inspection Framework (CIF) comes into effect for early years providers and schools in England. Martin Hodgson, early years consultant, takes us through the detail of what the new framework is and what early years providers can expect when it is implemented in the autumn.

Achieving outstanding

13 January 2012

In September 2011, Woodlands Children’s Centre in South Croydon received an outstanding grading from Ofsted. In this article, the Centre Manager, Liz Hodgman, explores some of the reasons why she feels they were able to achieve this.

Ofsted Annual Report 2008/09

4 February 2010

Martin Hodgson gives an overview of Ofsted's latest annual report, which draws upon the findings both of routine inspection visits and of focused survey inspections.

Self-evaluation and the self-evaluation form

25 November 2009

Self-evaluation has been an indicator of quality within early years settings for many years, although it was not always directly acknowledged through the inspection regime. It should be seen as a continuous process, a journey rather than a destination, and be part of the daily, systematic approach to the operation of the setting.