What to expect from your Ofsted inspection


For anyone that has ever worked in a school or nursery the word ‘Ofsted’ usually strikes fear and terror in them. But what does it mean to be inspected as a nanny? Read on to find out what to expect from your Ofsted inspection and how best to prepare.

If you are Ofsted registered you can expect to be inspected at least once and for the inspection itself to take around 30 minutes.

One of the main jobs of the inspector is to make sure that the childcarer they are inspecting have their paperwork up together and in date. Here is a list of the documents they would expect to see:

  • Nanny public liability insurance.
  • Paediatric First Aid.
  • DBS check.
  • Childcare training / Common Core Skills & Knowledge.

It is also a good idea to make sure that you have read and researched the latest legislation regarding safeguarding. Some common questions that can be asked are:

  • Are you familiar with child protection procedures and have you had any safeguarding training?
  • How would raise a concern?
  • If a child disclosed something to you, or there was an obvious injury, how would you feel about following the safeguarding children procedure?
  • What if you thought it was the parents, or if the child said it was their parents – would this affect how you handled the situation?
  • How long would it take before you took action?   What action would you take?

There may be some more general questions touching on subjects such as discipline, keeping children safe and meeting children’s needs.

Although nerve wracking as long as you feel prepared and have the correct documents in date and order Ofsted inspections should be nothing to worry about. If the inspector does feel that there are any areas which you could do with touching up or improving on they will write an action plan to help you reach the goals.



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