Inspection reports

Early years

Key Ofsted reports in early years 

  • The impact of the Early Years Foundation Stage - 10 February 2011. This survey evaluated the impact that the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage has had on provision and developmental outcomes for young children, with a particular focus on their personal, social and emotional development and communication, language and literacy skills. It also considered a range of other factors that are drivers or barriers to improvement.
  • Early years: Leading to excellence - 27 August 2008. Leading to excellence: a review of childcare and early education provision 2005–08 is the third review of inspections of registered childcare and early education. This year, the report focuses on how well settings – such as nurseries and childminders – are organised, led and managed to promote positive outcomes for children and ensure they progress well.

The guidance inspectors use to make judgements during survey visits to schools 

Case studies of good practice in early years

We have examples of good practice in early years on the Ofsted website.

External links

Annual Report 2012/13

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