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What can settings expect from the Local Authority ?

Our aim is to secure good or outstanding  provision in all settings across Solihull. While settings are self-managing, and responsible for their own performance and improvement, Solihull Local Authority (LA) Early Years and Education Improvement Service has a role in supporting this.

Solihull setting improvement support may include: –

  • An introductory visit for new settings, or where an Early Years team member is working with a setting or provision for the first time. These visits will be used as a starting point for joint working, and to introduce the scope of the work of the service.
  • Solihull setting improvement joint-evaluation visit to review, with settings, the quality of the provision offered to children and families.  This visit will include a discussion of the strengths of the provision, areas for development and the settings support needs. Annual priorities for visits are listed below.  The annual cycle begins at the end of August to the start of September the following year.  The discussion and 'learning walk' will be linked to the settings Ofsted registration requirements.
  • If plans for improvement need to be put in place, targeted support from the LA and/or partners will be determined. This will be in proportion to need.
  • Ofsted inspection feedback- please let a team member know if you have an Ofsted inspection and would like us to attend feedback. This is especially useful for Requires Improvement and Inadequate settings. We can take notes and support post-Ofsted. Being part of the feedback enables us to get a fully rounded picture of the celebrations and areas which require improvement. Inspection reports are short and some comments are not recorded in the final report. We cannot guarantee we will be able to attend feedback but we will try our best. The following summary sheet Ofsted Evaluation Schedule grid will enable you to make notes during the feedback, and to link them to the Ofsted grade features.
  • When a setting has received an Ofsted grade of inadequate, or there are concerns about the welfare and safety of the children in a setting, the LA will ask key senior staff from the setting to meet with LA representatives. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the setting’s quality improvement plans and to co-ordinate the LA support. Further meetings will be arranged to monitor the standard of the provision and to deploy support appropriately.

These documents will help you to prepare for your visit.

The Early Years and Childcare team will support providers to offer:

  • quality and consistency so that every child is safe and well and can make the progress that they are entitled to make;
  • a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and are reviewed regularly;
  • partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers;
  • equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practice, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

The Early Years and Childcare team will:

  • train, develop, scaffold and empower providers to be outstanding (training page);
  • support providers to self-evaluative in order to pursue continuous improvement;
  • build capacity within the sector so that support, challenge and monitoring come from within.

Priority settings include:

  • Those on the Early Years Register.  Particularly those who have not been inspected within the previous year and those who are not yet judged 'good' or 'outstanding'.
  • School early years provision, including the extended provision, who 'opt in' for a visit
  • Settings requiring external support to improve
  • New settings and those due an Ofsted inspection.
  • Ofsted childcare registered full year provision, and those settings offering Early Education Funded (EEF) provision (link to EEF page).