Ofsted inspections:EIF whatinspections EY providers and practitionersthe need to knowEYFS

What schools, registered early years providers and childminders need to know about delivering the current and revised early years foundation stage (EYFS),(EYFS) and Ofsted inspections under the education inspection framework (EIF).

Applies to England



We’re often asked lots of questions and encounter many myths about our EIF inspections. TheseCurrently, we’re being asked about the revised EYFS framework, which came into force on 1 September 2021. We’ve answered the most frequently asked questions on the EYFS and on inspection practice below. However, we encourage people to get in touch if they come across other frequent misunderstandings.

So, we’ve developed these pages willto help all registered early years providers and schools delivering the EYFS with what they need to know.

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Published 22 July 2021
Last updated 2431 JanuaryOctober 20232022 + show all updates
  1. See 'Summary of changes' for details.

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  3. See 'Summary of changes' for details.

  4. Added information about how we prioritise early years inspections.

  5. First published.