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Hilary Preece

Hilary is an independent early years consultant and freelance early years inspector. She has extensive experience as a practitioner, advisor and as an Ofsted inspector. She offers consultancy advice and support to the whole range of early years settings, including childminders, pre-schools and day nurseries. She can advise on all areas of early years practice but specialises in preparing settings for their Ofsted inspection and offers mock inspections and audits of practice tailored to individual needs and budgets. She also provides post-inspection to help settings target improvement where it is needed. Hilary can be contacted at www.earlyyearssuccess.co.uk

Preparing for your Ofsted Inspection – Areas of Focus for EYFS Providers

The current Ofsted inspection framework for providers of the EYFS in all early years’ settings (with the exceptions of schools which follow a different inspection framework) has a number of key features. If you are aware of what these are, reflect on how well you promote them and have strong evidence at the ready to prove this, you stand a better chance of doing well in your inspection. So take a few moments to think about how effective your practice is in these key areas: (more…)

Encouraging Wonderful Questions

One of the most important areas of focus at any early years inspection is the quality of teaching and how this impacts on children’s learning. Inspectors will expect to see all practitioners skilfully questioning children in order to develop thinking and learning, in whatever area of the curriculum. (more…)

The Power of Photographs in Supporting Children’s Learning

Photographs are a wonderfully versatile, open ended and cheap resource that can be used to support numerous aspects of children’s learning and development. They are particularly useful for supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development, their communication and language, their literacy and their understanding of the world. In fact, the Development Matters in the EYFS guidance refers to different uses of photographs no less than 17 times! I have seen many of these ideas working really well in early years settings and would like to share some of them here. (more…)


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