At Ofsted, we are developing a new education inspection framework (EIF) for September 2019.
Inspection is about finding out what it is like to be a child with the childminder, at the pre-school or nursery.
Much will stay the same – it is not change for change’s sake!
Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector Amanda Spielman has said that the ‘curriculum’ will be at the heart of the new framework. We use that word in the current framework and have come up with a working definition to be clear about what this means.
What does ‘the curriculum’ mean for early years?
- The EYFS (educational programmes) provides the curriculum framework that leaders build on to decide what they intend children to learn and develop.
- Leaders and practitioners decide how they will implement the curriculum so that children make progress in the seven areas of learning – we will keep our definition of ‘teaching’.
- Leaders and practitioners evaluate the impact of the curriculum by checking what children know and can do.
The decisions we make about what we want very young children to learn and develop are so important – about the experiences we provide, the games we play, the words we use, the stories we read and the songs we sing and everything else!
We want to reduce workload….
We have been doing some thinking about what inspection may generate in terms of excessive workload or paperwork.
We often see assessments that involve huge amounts of intensive recording – because providers believe that is what ‘Ofsted’ wants to see? Well that is a myth – we think that far too much time is spent on everything that ‘Ofsted’ might possibly want to see. This means that, all too often, the focus on producing excessive paper distracts from the learning and development of children.
On inspection, we do need to find out what children know and can do already and how you plan for what needs to happen next…BUT this doesn’t mean we want to see lots of paperwork!
How can you find out more and know what is happening when?
You can find out more about some of our early thoughts, follow us on Twitter or join our Childminder registration page on Facebook.
Finally …have your say….
The consultation is open until 5 April 2019. Views are sought on the overall changes to the framework as well as on how they will work in practice for the individual education remits. All responses received will be considered carefully, and will help Ofsted to refine and improve the proposed approach before the final framework and inspection handbooks are published in summer 2019.