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In the first of a two-part series looking at the new Ofsted handbooks, lead teacher for Bristol Early Years Kate Irvine examines what’s in the schools version

The way we inspect childcare provision is changing.

Ofsted has made some changes to the Early years inspection handbook and the School inspection handbook, which come into use from September with the new Education Inspection Framework.

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The early years sector has cautiously welcomed Ofsted’s new inspection framework, with its focus on education and aims to cut down on paperwork and data, but teaching unions have been more critical.

Ofsted has confirmed that it is pressing ahead with changes to the way it inspects early years providers, schools and colleges, after receiving strong support from three-quarters of consultation respondents for re-focusing inspection on the substance of education.

Ofsted says it will retain its four-point grading system of early years settings and schools despite criticisms from the sector.

Early years settings have raised concerns about changes to the way Ofsted deals with the internal objections process when a decision is made to cancel a provider’s registration.

This one-day event will take delegates through what Ofsted expects under the forthcoming Education Inspection Framework.

Bristol-based setting The Nursery has won praise for its approach to planning to best challenge children and taking into account their next steps. By Hannah Crown