Early years settings will receive an updated ‘Guide to Early Years Education Inspections’ (EYEI) from the inspectorate of Department of Education and Skills (DES). The guide has been updated to reflect the introduction of the new Follow Through Inspection Model. This new model of inspection has been recently introduced to the DES inspection process for early years settings who have had an Early Years Education Inspection (EYEI). Using the previous inspection report as the guiding document, the ‘Follow Through Inspection’ explores the implementation of the ‘actions advised’ from the initial EYEI inspection carried out.
The Follow Through Inspection is underpinned by the same principles of the EYEI inspection, with children’s rights and professional dialogue at the centre. Based on principles of self-evaluation, this new model is underpinned by reflective practice, and quality improvement of the early years setting.
Much of the Follow Through Inspection process is indifferent to the Early Years Education Inspection. The notice of a follow through inspection remains the same, with 48 hours’ notice. The structure of the visit itself is also similar with a strengths-based approach, and pre-inspection/post inspection meetings. Similarly, after the inspection, the draft report, factual verification timeframes and publication follow the same processes. However, three key differences have been identified this new model.
The hardcopy of the guides will be distributed by the County Childcare Committees.