Ofsted Best practice 2017: How to reach outstanding in the EYFS

  • Thrive under separate Ofsted grades
  • Impress Ofsted with a play-based approach
  • Reach Outstanding whilst responding to:
    • EYFS demands
    • Ofsted’s rapidly changing agenda
  • Highly practical ways to make data work for your setting and Ofsted

Information on speakers coming soon.

Ensure best practice is not undermined by new initiatives

Latest Ofsted Common Inspection Framework

Descriptors for Outstanding

Non-statutory guides:

- Early Years Outcomes

- Development Matters

Research and evidence to support a play-based approach


A busy practitioner’s guide to impress inspectors

Prepare for Ofsted without compromising Early Years principles

Be ready for professional dialogues

Use quotes from Ofsted’s handbook to justify your approach

Strategies to deal with the most common Ofsted issues:

- Lesson observations

- Demonstrating progress

- Presenting data

- Involving parents

- Helping the inspector to see past the ‘mess’


A best-practice resource kit for delivering a play-based approach

  • Outstanding teaching ideas during free-flow play

  • Language and literacy development systems

  • Independence and deep-level engagement ideas

  • Techniques for progression through play

  • A mix of child-led and adult-guided activities

  • Stimulating ideas for your learning environment