Mock Inspection

The mock inspection will help providers to improve the quality of their practice and prepare them for their Ofsted inspection by identifying recommendations for improvement.  It will help to develop providers confidence and empower them and the team in taking control of their inspection.

Two Early years Advisors from ‘Quality 4 early years’ (Q4EY) will conduct the inspection. The inspection will start at 8.30 and feedback will begin at approx. 1pm until 2pm.  Advisors will look at the settings Ofsted SEF prior to the inspection taking place, giving advice on writing an impact based and effective SEF.

Advisors give advice about the process of inspection, joint observations, how to conduct yourself at inspection and how judgements are made and evidence collated. Advisors will support you in drawing up an inspection preparation plan and help prepare for the meeting  which  providers and managers have with the inspector. Following the inspection the provider will receive an impact based action plan detailing the agreed key recommendations for improvement and a list of other points observed during the inspection which will help improve the quality of the settings practice.

Q4EY provide a CD Rom with useful Ofsted documentation and Q4EY materials which will support you in preparing for inspection and developing your practice. These include a safeguarding and welfare requirement audit, a safeguarding audit, an inspection preparation plan, a preparation plan for the inspectors meeting with the provider/manager, some reflective questions for the joint observation, questions to ask staff and parents, ideas and information about writing a good SEF and how to involve staff in the SEF.

Q4EY also provide a CD Rom with photographs of environments in settings rated ‘outstanding’ at Ofsted inspection.

What settings have said about our mock inspections….

‘Honest and straight forward inspectors whose conduct was very good and put us all at ease.’

‘Absolutely brilliant, the whole team found it useful’.

‘As a result of the mini inspection we have re done our Ofsted SEF and the team have a much clearer vision’.

‘The best thing about the mini inspection is how it helped us feel more confident and prepared us for the real inspection. We got a good grading because of the mini inspection as we had met all the recommendations and the Ofsted inspector commented how she could see the progress we had made’.

‘The mini inspection motivated the staff to make improvements, Deborah and Denise gave advice and support to the staff throughout the day.’

‘The mini inspection helped us to reflect, clarified where we are going and gave us direction. It taught us to measure the impact of our practice and know why we do things’.

‘Both Deborah and Denise are very professional with a lovely, friendly and approachable manner’.

Cost: £595

Bookings: To book a mock inspection or to find out more information please email your request to Deborah Sutton at