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Improving provision:

the new Ofsted inspection framework

16th October 2013

A judgement of ‘requires improvement’ is being introduced for all childcare providers replacing that of ‘satisfactory’ from the 4th November 2013. 

This makes complete sense when you read it in the context that, less than good is not good enough.

  • Non-domestic group providers judged to ‘require improvement’ will be monitored, re-inspected within 12 months and have a maximum of two years to become good, or are likely to be judged inadequate
  • Inadequate providers will be re-inspected within six months rather than 12 months.
  • Watch this space with regard to how monitoring of ‘require improvement’ Ofsted outcome Registered Childminders will be carried out and by whom.

You need to read the ‘Evaluation schedule for inspection of registered early year’s provision’ at which was published in October to see how you can reach the aspirational goals of good or better. 

For example:

  • If you cover the seven areas of learning and support children’s development in the prime areas but some aspects are less well planned for or lack a good level of challenge for specific children in your care, your setting will deem to require improvement.

During Ofsted inspections you will need to:    

  • Demonstrate how your ‘teaching’ impacts on the outcomes for the children in their care
  • Clearly demonstrate through learning journeys or discussions with your inspector, how training you have attended has had an impact on your teaching.Attending training is not good enough, it needs to enhance your care and teaching to the children you are working with.It will have no doubt, but you need to know how.

Teaching is a word we have tended to shy aware from in the past, but if read in the broad term it is intended, we may feel happier using it. 

Teaching includes the different ways you support young children to learn through planned and child-initiated play and activities.  It forms the foundation of how you support their learning through conversation, the environment and routines.  Integral to this is how you assess each child’s stage of development and how you take account of their interests and dispositions to learning (characteristics of effective teaching and learning) in your planning.

Although development matters has been removed from suggested guidance for early years practitioners we need to remember that the characteristics of effective teaching and learning is embedded in the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage so you need to be able to demonstrate how in your planning and provision of activities and experiences, you reflect on the different ways that children learn and build upon their interests as well as stage of development.

There will be more hints & tips on achieving a good Ofsted outcome appearing on this website over the coming weeks so do watch this space. 

We are supporting an increasing number of childminders and group settings who have received an inadequate Ofsted outcome, don’t fall foul of this judgement.

If you are a childminder in a local authority where Trio provide a universal support service, utilise your ‘first steps’ and  ‘next steps’ visits with your CDW and keep on top of your assessments of children in your care to make sure you are providing appropriately challenging activities for all of them across the seven areas of learning and development.



September 2013

Our newsletters for this time of year have been produced for our supported childminders, which includes both national and local news.  These will be received by email or post depending on the contact information we have. 

The national portion of our newsletter can also be downloaded here: Trio National Newsletter.pdf

Welcome Southampton Childminders!

July 2013

We are delighted to have been awarded a contract from Southampton City Council to support the requirements of the Childminding Sector in Southampton and very much look forward to working with you all.

We want to take this opportunity you provide you with a brief overview of our company and the service we will be offering.

Our vision is to enable quality childcare and to this end, we aim to provide a programme of support, advice and training for childcare professionals. Promoting high quality inclusive practice enables practitioners to meet the care and education needs of all children and families. One way we put this into practice is through our bespoke Quality Childminding Network. We developed this network in 2010, at the request of the Local Authorities (LAs) we were working with at the time, to supersede the PACEY/NCMA Children Come First Network we had been delivering in those areas. Since then, our network has grown and developed to ensure it remains live and relevant. We work in a number of Local Authorities in the South delivering this network, but as a CACHE registered training provider and as consultants, we support childminding services nationally.

Our network offers an ongoing programme of supportive questioning to encourage and develop childminders’ thinking around all areas of practice and will be open to all Southampton childminders that choose to join and that strive to meet the criteria. We will aim to support the needs of each childminder at the level they are at in their childminding career. Our network materials can be used independently or cross referenced against Ofsted documents or the childminder’s information or materials developed through a qualification or training; they provide a toolkit to help childminders meet statutory obligations. Our network is designed to help you improve the quality of the care and education you provide for the children in your setting.

As an initial step, we will aim to support those childminders that are currently on the PACEY network, particularly those that receive Early Learning and Childcare Funding, to move across to the Trio network.

We are pleased that Karen Bamford, Tracey King and Jacqui Gaunt will be transferring over to us and will be able to help with continuity of support to you all. Their new contact details from the afternoon of the 1st August will be:
Karen Bamford:; 07712 306962
Tracey King:; 07712 306963
Jacqui Gaunt:; 07712 306964

Our administrative infrastructure will be based from our Head Office. Our helpline (01793 608833) is available Monday to Friday 9am – 4.30pm.  All Registered Childminders will also have the mobile telephone numbers and email addresses of their designated Childminding Development Worker, so you can also get support from them during their working hours.

We very much look forward to working with you.

Kind regards,

Julia Hinns
Managing Director.