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In the concluding part of her inspection series, Laura Henry explains how setting managers should adopt a holistic approach to ensure that staff perform to the very best of their ability.

Completing the new Self-Evaluation Form is no mean feat, say Nicola Bushell and Hayley Cannell, joint managers of Oakey Dokeys Pre-School in Essex.

Laura Henry describes how careful preparation and a strong understanding of the Ofsted inspector's role and the procedure to be followed will 'help the inspector to help you'.

Under the new regime inspectors will be keen to see that parents are welcomed, respected and well informed, as this relationship is key to children's progress, says Laura Henry.

During your inspection it is important to show that children are confident about communicating with staff. Laura Henry suggests undertaking an audit to gauge the quality of interactions.

Staff need to be able to demonstrate their understanding of child development in practice during inspections, says Laura Henry.

Joining Ofsted inspectors in observing their own settings gives managers a chance to show their leadership skills.

Our new, seven-part series aims to provide a comprehensive guide to how nurseries can prepare for - and what they can expect from - the new regime.

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