Early Years Inspections: MYTHS

Ofsted has produced this document to confirm the facts about our early years inspections and to dispel those myths that can sometimes result in unnecessary workload for registered child carers. It should be read alongside the early years inspection handbook.

Inspection plays an important role in helping parents to make informed choices about the type of care available for their child. Inspections are not designed to catch staff off guard, nor do inspectors prepare a list of trick questions to ask providers. Inspectors are qualified professionals, trained to evaluate the quality of an early years setting, highlighting both good practice and areas for improvement.

We want to remove any misconceptions, ensure that the inspection process is as clear as possible and reduce anxiety. It’s in everyone’s interest that inspection helps deliver a good quality of care for all young children.