Inspecting registered early years providers
Inspection tells us how well you are doing, and is designed to help improve further the quality of your childcare.
Early Years Foundation Stage
The purpose of the inspection is to assess how well you are meeting the needs of all the children in your care. The work you should do with the children in your care is set out in the Early Years Foundation Stage.
We will inspect you at least once within the first three or four years of the start of the Early Years Foundation Stage. And newly registered providers can expect an inspection soon after they have registered, if they have children in their care.
Early years provider inspections take the equivalent of one day and are normally done by one inspector.
You will not usually get notice of the inspection. If you do receive notice, you must tell parents that an inspection is due to take place.
Each provider is inspected against the Early Years Foundation Stage and a quality judgement given using a four point scale - outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate.
We will send you a copy of the Inspector's short report plus we will publish it on this website. To find an inspection report, go to the Find an early years and childcare inspection report page on the left.