Services in Detail

This is a sample of our key packages. Every setting is unique and so we will devise services that precisely match your needs.

Mock inspection

Helping settings prepare for an Ofsted inspection

This mock inspection includes everything that an inspector will examine at inspection, AND MORE! It is designed to build your confidence and highlight any gaps in your provision. Ofsted inspectors can only state what needs to improve. We go beyond that by suggesting how you can make improvements and raise the quality, based on the very best practice we have seen over many years. If necessary, we will work with you to implement changes and support your journey towards inspection. A typical mock inspection includes: an audit of the SEF, policies and procedures, planning systems, children’s records, observations of the premises and staff interactions with children, joint observations and interviews with management and key staff. A detailed written report is provided to inform your development plans and an optional 3 month review visit is available if required. Please contact us for a precise quotation based on your requirements.

Learning walk

Helping settings to reflect on practice and plan for improvement

Learning walks can be booked for any duration to suit your needs and budget. Unlike a mock inspection, the manager or leader will walk with the consultant around the setting to observe together the teaching practice, discuss the environment and evaluate the impact of practice on children. An agreed focus will be set for each walk which has direct links to the inspection framework. Following the walk the consultant and leaders will have a de-brief session to discuss and evaluate what has been observed and establish future plans or improvements. This mutual approach enables managers and leaders to share ‘in the moment’ the consultant’s expertise in observation and inspection. Together they will see through a fresh pair of expert eyes what works well and what can be improved. Learning walks are an affordable alternative to a full mock inspection and make a valuable contribution to reflective practice and self-evaluation. Please contact us for a precise quotation based on your requirements.

Safeguarding audit

Helping settings meet requirements of the revised EYFS

This includes a comprehensive check of the following policies and procedures: safeguarding children (child protection), safe recruitment and staff suitability, children’s health, managing behaviour, safety of environment, equal opportunities and information and records. It is designed to ensure you meet and understand the requirements of the revised EYFS effective from November 2013. Interviews with management and staff will build confidence and highlight areas of knowledge where improvement may be needed. A written summary can be provided. Please contact us for a precise quotation based on your requirements.

Self-evaluation audit 

Helping settings to sustain effective self-evaluation and maintain continuous improvement

Strong and effective self-evaluation remains vital to be awarded a grade of Good or better by Ofsted. We will provide a thorough check of the Self-evaluation form and associated action and improvement plans. We will provide advice on how to best present your evidence so that it is clear and meaningful for Ofsted and easy for you to update. The consultant will conduct interviews and make observations to test the accuracy of the SEF in preparation for inspection. A written report with recommendations for improvements can be included if requested. Please contact us for a precise quotation based on your requirements.