Early years and childcare - ensuring quality care and learning

We are working with Estyn to develop a joint inspection framework for early years and childcare.

What we are doing

We are developing a joint inspection framework for non-maintained early year childcare services that are also eligible for education funding for 3 - 4 year olds (foundation phase). The new framework will streamline the way we and Estyn will inspect these services.

Progress to date and next steps

We have piloted a joint inspection framework including the awarding of judgements in 15 childcare and early years services. The framework (with the exception of the Learning, and Teaching and Assessment themes) has been integrated into the new childcare inspection framework, introduced in April 2016.

The pilot was independently evaluated during the summer 2016; no publication date has been set. We continue to work together to prioritise next steps for the roll out in autumn 2018.


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