Ofsted inspect nurseries regularly to ensure standards are high.

Ofsted

Ofsted (Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills) is the official government body responsible for inspecting and regulating early years education settings, including nursery schools and other early years provision in the United Kingdom.

Ofsted inspectors assess the quality of education and care provided by the nursery school, looking at factors such as the effectiveness of leadership and management, the quality of teaching and learning, and the outcomes for children. They also evaluate the nursery’s safeguarding and child protection practices, as well as the effectiveness of its partnerships with parents and other stakeholders.

The inspection process involves observing teaching and learning, talking to children and staff, and examining documentation such as policies and procedures. After the inspection, Ofsted provides a report that details the nursery school’s strengths and areas for improvement.

The rating system used by Ofsted ranges from Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement, and Inadequate. Nursery schools that are rated as Outstanding or Good demonstrate high-quality education and care, while those rated as Requires Improvement or Inadequate are expected to make improvements to ensure that the needs of children are being met.

Ofsted inspections are an important way for parents and caregivers to assess the quality of early years education provision, and to make informed decisions about the best educational setting for their child.

Please see all our latest reports below: