For some people just the word ‘inspection’ sets off panic mode, especially after the recent update with the Education Inspection Framework.

Inspections should not induce panic or be a scary process, it’s all about confidence and preparation but that’s easier ‘typed’ than done.

For instance, Cultural Capital – what is that!?

Sometimes the scary parts are just the terminology which more often than not are just ‘buzz’ words for things that are already embedded into our practices.

Cultural Capital is all about children experiencing the ‘awe and wonder’ of the world in which they live. If we offer a broad and balanced curriculum across the 7 areas of learning and development and support children to develop the characteristics of effective learning, we will be providing children with the essential knowledge and skills that will help them bounce back from adversity and make the most of opportunities as and when they are presented.

Inspections work better when you have the confidence to take control of your day, your staff are prepared and your procedures are all as up to date as possible – take Safeguarding, did you know that all staff must have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues, be that by attending a course, updating knowledge at meetings, answering on the spot questions, or just reading all the current/updated legislations. So, take some time to make sure you and your setting are ready.

At Q4EY, we understand that no matter how much we prepare, inspections are still daunting. We can support you and your team – we have our Preparing for Inspection 3-hour course, held twice in our latest calendar and for our first session, we will have a current Ofsted Inspector on hand who has already had the EIF training so can answer any questions you may have.

We also offer a Mock Inspection service (see below), an ideal way to provide a training experience that simulates a real inspection - even down to the half day notice if that's what you would like.

So, don’t worry, we’re here to help!

Don't forget to check out the useful links to documents at the end of this blog too!

Preparing for Inspection

Only £38 per delegate

  • - Wednesday 25th September 2019, 9.30am-12.30pm, Stockport
  • - Tuesday 10th March 2020, 9:30am - 12:30pm, Oldham

This course will describe the changes in the new education inspection framework for early years and help you prepare for your inspection

Learning Objectives:

  • To describe the process of inspection from the initial phone call to receiving your report
  • To describe and explore the key features of the new EIF including cultural capital
  • To define how evidence is collated and judgments are made
  • To understand and explore the key judgments made at inspection
  • To discuss ways to prepare and showcase practice and get the best from the process

Book your place now via our website, emailing or giving us a call on 07495 342 223

Mock Inspections

Do you have a clear, ambitious vision, knowing where your strengths lie and what needs to be done to make improvements at your setting?

Are you ready for your Ofsted inspection and know how to get the best outcomes from your inspection?

Why not use the team at Quality 4 Early Years to get an objective view from knowledgeable consultants who are experienced in inspecting early years provision and will scrutinise your practice in line with the Education Inspection Framework, identifying key strengths and areas for improvement under the 4 key judgements made at inspection.

Quality of Education

Behaviour and Attitude

Personal Development

Leadership & Management / Overall Effectiveness

The mock inspection is an invaluable experience to test your setting under realistic conditions and give you an opportunity to analyse your practice before the real inspection, giving you the opportunity to improve practice and procedures beforehand.

Another benefit of the mock inspection is to help those who have never been involved in an Ofsted Inspection understand the process of the day and give them a much better idea about the types of questions they might be asked. With that combinations of knowledge and practice, they are more likely to feel less anxious, more confident and more constructive during the actual inspection.

For prices and more information about our mock inspections have a look at our dedicated Mock Inspections page on our website, sending Debs an email to or giving her a call on 07966 366 342

All our documents and processes have been reviewed and updated in line with the new education inspection framework which will be implemented in September 2019.

Have your say - follow the link to find the consultation materials and supporting documents the-substance-of-education

What people say about our Mock Inspections

“I would like to say a huge thank you to Deborah and Denise for completing the mock inspections.

They were both very professional and extremely knowledgeable and helpful, both on the day and with follow up information.

I used the day as one big training experience for the staff team in each nursery. As a training tool to identify, where and how we can improve our practice. And future training needs.

Definitely, money well spent.

I have no hesitation in recommending quality 4 early years for any training needs.”

Bernadetta Devine, Managing Director Honeybear Nurseries


We originally contacted Quality 4 Early Years to set up mock inspections for our nurseries and as part of this process we have also used a number of their training courses.

Both Deborah and Denise have been very easy to work with. They are professional, never pushy and always keen to ensure their offering is tailored to what we want. They also have specialists in a number of areas, so have always been able to arrange the training we have needed. The content has been spot-on and done in a way that involves the audience. Staff feedback from the sessions has been consistently excellent and there is now a keenness to attend all out of hours courses they provide. We have been impressed with supporting information provided, including document and process templates, all of which have helped us to implement new initiatives quickly and with clear purpose. The training is having a positive effect on our practise and we are able to measure the impact which is essential for our pursuit of continuous improvement.

The mock inspections have been incredibly valuable to us. We've had five so far; all conducted in a consistent and thorough way. Every team has enjoyed them, and Deborah and Denise seem to have a way of providing feedback in such a constructive way that the recipient can't wait to get on with the resulting improvement actions.

There is a company-wide enthusiasm towards working with Quality 4 Early Years which is having a positive impact on both the children in our care and our employees. We wouldn't hesitate to recommend them.

Nicky MacGill, Director Fisherfield Childcare