What is Ofsted
Ofsted (Offices for Standards in Education) and the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage Framework) Ofsted is a non-ministerial government department established under the Education (Schools) Act 1992. Ofsted are well known for their relation to school inspections, however they also regulate and inspect childcare facilities, such as nurseries and home based child care settings. Ofsted’s role is to ensure that we provide the highest standards of childcare possible. The inspectors examine the setting, its facilities and the childcare that we provide. Ofsted come to our setting with little notice given to us. The reasoning behind this is that they want to see our nurseries as they actually are and not as they ‘want’ to be seen. This ensures the feedback we receive and the feedback you receive is as honest as possible.
The Early Years Foundation Stage is a legal government document which outlines the regulations a nursery has to follow to ensure the safety, welfare and education of your child while attending any child care setting.
It sets out:
What does this mean for you the parent
Ensuring my child’s safety
Much thought has been given to making sure that your child is as safe as possible.
Within the EYFS there is a set of welfare standards that everyone must follow.
These include the numbers of staff required in a home based Child Care setting and things like administering medicines and carrying out risk assessments.
How my child will be learning
The EYFS Framework explains how and what your child will be learning to support their healthy development.
Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development.
Children should mostly develop the 3 prime areas first.
These prime areas are those most essential for your child’s healthy development and future learning.
As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:
These 7 areas are used to plan your child’s learning and activities. The professionals teaching and supporting your child will make sure that the activities are suited to your child’s unique needs. This is similar to the curriculum in primary and secondary schools, but is tailored to suit very young children, and designed to be really flexible so that staff can follow your child’s unique needs and interests.
Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which takes place both indoors and outside.
When your child is 2
At some point after your child turns 2, the childcare professionals working with your child must give you a written summary of how your child is progressing against the 3 prime areas of learning:
This is called the progress check at age 2.
This check will highlight areas where your child is progressing well and any where they might need some extra help or support – and how mums and dads and other family members or carers can work with the keyworker to help. You might find it useful to share the information from the check with other professionals such as health visitors (who can use it as part of the health and development review).
When your child is 5 years old
At the end of the EYFS – in the summer term of the reception year in school – teachers complete an assessment which is known as the EYFS Profile. This assessment is carried out by the reception teacher and is based on what they, and other staff caring for your child, have observed over a period of time.
Our relationship with parents/carers
From when you and your child first join our family, you will find that we are warm and welcoming and keen to get to know you. Partnerships between parents, children and members of staff are naturally built up whilst your child grows with us and we welcome your involvement at any time.
Daily diary sheets, regular parent’s evenings, newsletters and progress reports keep you up to date with your child’s development and the setting news. We’re also on Facebook and Twitter, and of course, there’s this website.
In addition, we hold lots of events for parents, family and friends which we welcome you all to participate in.