Getting inspected can be very stressful. Whatever grade you get from Ofsted you will keep until your next inspection which could be four or five years away. This is a horrible amount of pressure. The key to doing well is preparation. You need to know what to expect during your inspection and to have spent some time preparing for it including completing a self-evaluation of your setting.
You need to be able to demonstrate to the Ofsted inspector that you are fulfilling all the requirements of the EYFS. If you want to get outstanding then you further need to show that you are doing so in an outstanding manner.
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Before your inspection you should read three Ofsted documents if you haven’t already done so: the Common Inspection Framework, the Early Years Inspection Handbook and Inspecting safeguarding in early years, education and skills settings. These documents will walk you through what to expect from your inspection. The Inspection Handbook is particularly important if you are hoping to get outstanding as it tells you exactly what requirements the inspector will need to see to get outstanding.