Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They inspect and regulate services that care for children and young people, and services providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

They carry out hundreds of inspections and regulatory visits throughout England and publish the results online. They help providers that are not yet of good standard to improve, monitor their progress and share best practice.

Their goal is to achieve excellence in education and skills for learners of all ages, and in the care of children and young people.

During an inspection visit Ofsted will want to find out about the quality of teaching and learning we provide. The inspector will:

  • observe our children at play
  • talk to us and our children
  • observe how our staff and our children interact
  • check our children’s levels of understanding and if they take part in learning
  • talk to us about the children’s knowledge, skills and abilities
  • observe care routines and how they’re used to support children’s personal development
  • evaluate our knowledge of the early years curriculum

The inspector will give us feedback and explain what needs to be done to improve, if necessary.

After the inspection visit we will be sent a report with our grade. We will be told how to do better, if there’s anything that can be improved.

We will be graded as one of the following:

  • Grade 1 – outstanding
  • Grade 2 – good
  • Grade 3 – requires improvement
  • Grade 4 – inadequate