Inspection Audits

Our early years inspection audits follow the footprint of an inspection whether in England under the Ofsted, Education Inspection Framework or in Scotland under the Care Inspectorate. Our consultants are experts in both and we make sure that they are familiar with appropriate frameworks, initiatives and priorities to any geographic areas where we are asked to conduct our inspection audits. We have consultants working with us across the country.

Audits involve one day’s visit to the setting with verbal feedback at the end of the day plus a brief report sent after the visit has taken place.

English Settings (Ofsted)

Audits for settings in England involve focus on the following:

  • Quality of education – including evidence of cultural capitol and how the setting demonstrates curriculum intent, implementation and impact
  • Behaviours and attitudes
  • Personal development
  • Leadership and management

The report will comment on safeguarding and describe what it is like for a child attending the setting.

Early Years Hub have a respectful relationship with Ofsted working alongside of them to communicate important messages from them to the sector. We also represent the sector as part of the Ofsted Big Conversation in the North West of England.

What customers have to say about our inspection audits

We recently commissioned Early Years Hub to assist us with our quality assurance. Rachel has recently completed an audit at three of our settings in line with the Statutory Framework. Our staff were put at ease throughout the process and their knowledge and practice was examined thoroughly. We received specific targeted feedback which will enable us to continue to improve our provision.

Elaine Sagar – CEO Sunflower Nursery Group Tameside, Greater Manchester

Rachel came into our out of school club setting and carried out an ‘inspection audit.’ Rachel was detailed and through during her visit-she followed the inspection handbook and covered all aspects required. We were given a fully comprehensive report several days later, again following the Ofsted requirements. The report highlighted areas of strength and identified actions that needed to be addressed. The whole process was conducted professionally and fully prepared us for our imminent Ofsted inspection. For any setting due an inspection I would highly recommend the services provided by Rachel and her team.

Kelly Macadam Headteacher – Woodbank Primary School, Bury

Scottish settings (Care Inspectorate)

Audits for settings in Scotland involve focus on the following:

  • Care and support
  • Environment
  • Staffing
  • Leadership and management

Further evaluation will be made taking into how settings use and apply Scottish initiatives such as Getting it right for every child and quality indicators for How Good Is Our Early Learning and Childcare.

What customers have to say about our inspection audits

Early Years Hub carried out a quality audit across our five nurseries.  When preparing for the audit Rachel listened and took onboard our requests and specific areas we would like the audit to focus on.  Rachel kept in contact with us throughout the process until the audits were complete and reports received.  Our auditor Hilary came across as professional, experienced and knowledgeable throughout the process as she spent time within the nursery with our children, staff and our management team.  Hilary provided detailed verbal feedback in each of our nurseries as well as a written report highlighting our strengths as well as areas for continued development which also considered Care Inspectorate requirements and current Scottish documents and guidelines for i.e. Curriculum for Excellence and How Good is our Early Learning and Childcare.  Our nurseries and the company as a whole have benefitted from the quality audit and I would highly recommend using Early Years Hub for an inspection/quality visit.

Lisa McGarry Operations and Training Manager – Enchanted Forrest Nurseries, Scotland.

Inspection Audits prices start from £650 (visit and report) and may incur travel expenses also. Please contact us for more information or to talk with us about how we can support you.