Early Years Education focused Inspections Briefing Paper - May 2015

 Early Years Education Focused Inspections Briefing Paper - May 2015

The Inspectorate of the Department of Education and Skills (DES), at the request of the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA), is developing a model of inspection that focuses on the quality of educational provision in early years settings participating in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) scheme. 
The Inspectorate plans to pilot Early Years Education-focused Inspections (EYEIs) in Autumn 2015 to complement other measures taken to support the ongoing improvement of quality in early education. The education-focused inspections will 

  • explore the extent to which early years practitioners participating in the ECCE scheme are engaging with existing national frameworks: Aistear: the Early Childhood Curriculum Framework, and Síolta: the National Quality Framework for Early Childhood Education.
  • ascertain the nature, range and appropriateness of the early educational experiences for children who are participating in the ECCE scheme.

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Rationale and purpose

  • To highlight the importance of high-quality early education, 
  • To support the ongoing development of quality within the early years settings participating in the ECCE scheme, 
  • To provide an assurance of the quality of the early education experienced by children participating in the ECCE scheme, 
  • To complement other measures undertaken nationally to support ongoing improvement in the quality of early education provision,
  • To provide information, which will be available to the public on the quality of early education in early years settings participating in the ECCE scheme.

The Inspections will:

  • Ascertain the nature, range and appropriateness of children’s learning experiences and achievements,
  • Identify and affirm good practice in relation to educational provision in  ECCE scheme participating services,
  • Provide advice and support to early years practitioners about how children’s learning experiences and achievements can be developed,
  • Support self-evaluation and review processes within the settings,
  • Identify settings that may benefit from additional support on aspects of practice,
  • Provide written inspection reports, which will be publicly available, on the quality of early education provided by early years settings participating in the ECCE scheme,
  • Complement information provided by inspections conducted by other agencies within the early years settings participating in the ECCE scheme,
  • Contribute to the gathering of information at a national level on the quality of pre-school children’s learning experiences and achievements.

 
The attached briefing outlines further details the proposed Early Years Education-focused Inspections including

Features of the scheme 

  • focus and principles, 
  • the inspection framework,
  • quality continuum
  • child protection

How the inspection model will operate 

  • before the inspection
  • who will conduct the inspection
  • what happens on the day
  • review of the EYE inspection

Pilot phase implementation, and

the consultation phase

The full briefing document and feedback form can be accessed from the following links:

EYEI Consultation Briefing Paper

EYEI Consultation Briefing feedback form

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