Yesterday Ofsted published its updated Education Inspection Framework (EIF) and early years inspection handbook to outline how registered providers in England will be inspected by Ofsted when on-site EIF inspections resume from 4 May 2021.
The handbook includes a new section titled ‘inspection during the COVID-19 pandemic’ which sets out the considerations that inspectors should take when carrying out inspections during the coronavirus pandemic.
Ofsted is following the latest Public Health England advice and taking into account the challenges faced by individual providers to ensure the safety and wellbeing of everyone involved in inspections including children, carers, staff and inspectors.
Inspections will be prioritised based on:
- Providers that were judged less than good at their last inspection, which includes those who received an interim visit in the autumn term
- Providers that have recently registered and not been inspected, and whose first inspection is overdue
- Providers that were not inspected in the last inspection cycle due to the pause in routine inspection.
In the meantime, Ofsted will continue to carry out its urgent inspections where significant concerns about a provider in England have been raised. These may take place on site, depending on a risk assessment.
PACEY will be issuing resources in the coming weeks to guide members through preparing for the graded EIF inspections in May.
Please note: The temporary extension previously put in place by DfE for paediatric first aid certificates ended on 31 March 2021 and those with expired certificates must now attend requalification training to renew these. Read more in the DfE statutory guidance about coronavirus disapplications and modifications to the EYFS.