Leadership and Management

In this section you will find information that leaders and managers require to run an early education and childcare business which meets statutory requirements.

Leadership and management is a specific judgement under the Common Inspection Framework (2015), which sets out the principles that apply to inspection and the main judgements that inspectors make when conducting inspections of registered early years settings.

Effective leadership and management in the EYFS combined with a deep understanding of how young children learn, underpins high quality outcomes for children.

It is important that leaders and managers have high expectations for what children can achieve, and show high standards in leadership and management that contribute to supporting their development.

Positive leaders and managers should also focus on the performance management and professional development of their staff.

Bolton Start Well Service

Bolton Start Well Service provides a comprehensive Early Years Foundation Stage offer which focuses on supporting schools and providers in improving the quality of leadership and management; and teaching and learning. This includes a series of universal visits to Bolton funded early education and childcare providers by our team of EYFS experts; professional development services to support your workforce development needs; and a more targeted offer to those schools and settings at risk of or who are graded as Requires Improvement or Inadequate by Ofsted. You can find further details on this offer on our Services page of the website.

Bolton Start Well Service also provides free access to an e-learning package focused on supporting leaders and managers with business start-up and planning. You can register to access this resource here.

Statutory Requirements

For further information on the statutory guidance to ensure early years providers are fulfilling the legal requirements of operating as a registered early years provision please see below.

Education inspection framework (EIF) 2019
The framework sets out Ofsted’s inspection principles and the main judgements that inspectors make. It applies from September 2019.

Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage 2021
A document published by the Department for Education setting out the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage which includes the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five.

Early Years Ofsted Inspection Handbook (EIF) 2019
Ofsted guidance on inspecting registered early years and childcare providers under the education inspection framework, for use from September 2019.