This topic covers the educational inspection of early years learning and childcare services in Scotland. It describes the inspection process itself and the judgments that inspectors can make.

Inspectors need to answer three key questions during an inspection.

  1. How well do children people learn and achieve?

  2. How well does the early years service support children to develop and learn?

  3. How does the early years service improve the quality of its work?

School and early years inspection have been an important part of the system in Scotland for over a century and in the modern era are closely related to supporting self-evaluation and service improvement.

Regulatory inspections of children's daycare services in Scotland are carried out by the Care Inspectorate. Both regulators work closely together and carry out joint inspections where necessary. See the associated topic, Scottish Care Inspectorate.

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