Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework.


Early years inspection handbook for Ofsted registered provision

PDF, 512KB, 44 pages


This handbook is primarily a guide for Ofsted inspectors on how to carry out inspections.

We also publish this for childcare providers so that they are aware of Ofsted’s inspection processes and procedures under the education inspection framework (EIF).

Published 14 May 2019
Last updated 2 September 2019 + show all updates

  1. Updated with minor changes as we launch the education inspection framework (EIF).
  2. First published.