Jenny Barber - Early Years Consultant - Mock Inspections
Jenny Barber - Early Years Consultant - Delivering bespoke training & consultancy services for 17 years.
MOCK INSPECTIONS (England and Wales)

I travel all over the country and internationally, just ask!

The benefits:

  • Preparation for your team, through being observed, asked questions, chatting and looking at children’s profiles.
  • Preparation for the leadership team through joint observation, compliance checking, leadership questions and general feedback, support and advice.
  • You will feel informed, supported and prepared.
  • Receive a report which highlights evidence of good practice and suggestions of ways to develop and improve
  • Up to date information and advice.

I have been carrying out mock inspections in settings for a several years and managers, leaders and practitioners have always found them supportive and informative.

The most common feedback is that I am very thorough and I'm in the setting much longer than Ofsted! Being thorough is important to me as that is the best way to give the most support, guidance and help to a setting.

I begin with a notification phone call, the day before.

I observe in all areas, offer the opportunity for the leader/manager to carry out a joint observations, track a selection of children to look at progress and provision and talk to their key carer. I also engage in discussion with the leader/manager. I can also if desired talk to parents.
I assess against the Ofsted criteria for the 4 inspection outcomes, against the criteria for good. At the end of the inspection I offer feedback, which is of a much more practical nature that that received in inspections. I also write a report highlighting good practice and with recommendations for development.
This is an outline of the day, timings are approximate:

  1. Arrival around 8.15am and begin with a chat with the manager and I leave a list of compliance paperwork etc that I would like to see
  2. Tour of the nursery
  3. Begin observations usually around 9.30am, these continue until the children have finished lunch around 12.30pm. During that time I will talk to staff, track children and look at their profiles and assessment records and do a joint observation with the manager.
  4. Scrutiny of paperwork and documentation and questions with manager if necessary
  5. Further observations and joint observation if not completed in the morning.
  6. Feedback, usually begins around 3pm/3.30pm and lasts around     an hour. I allow this time so we can discuss issues and look at how to improve and develop.

Afterwards I complete a written report detailing evidence and any improvement necessary against the four outcomes, using the criteria for the good grading.

Timings are approximate and based on a medium size day care setting, they will differ for a pre school, nursery school or independent school.

Please contact me on 07939 544335 or email me at if you would like more information.