Early Years

Early Years

Early Years and Families

Prospects is a leading provider of early years services, supporting families and pre-school children in nurseries and other settings.

Prospects inspection and assessment services

Ofsted Early Years Inspections

In September 2010, Prospects began providing the largest early years Ofsted inspection service. Covering the Midlands and the North of England, Prospects inspects more than 44,000 early years and childcare providers.

Prospects delivers inspections which identify clear actions or recommendations for early years and childcare providers to make improvements to their practice, making a positive difference to the lives of young children in readiness for their future learning. In 2014-15 92% of providers on the Early Years Register agreed or strongly agreed that their inspection identified clear actions or recommendations for improvement and, 91% of providers agreed or strongly agreed that the outcome of the inspection process will improve their early years practice.

Since 2010, the quality of early years and childcare provision has significantly improved: Nationally ‘85% of early years registered providers are now good or outstanding, a dramatic increase of 18 percentage points in five years.’ (Early Years: The report of HMCI of Education, Children's Services and Skills 2015. Published June 2015)

Managing Conflict of Interest for Ofsted Contracts

Early Years Inspections on behalf of MOD accredited organisations

Prospects works in partnership with two organisations to deliver early years inspection support to British Forces families who are based overseas.

Prospects work with SSAFA to inspect early years providers in Cyprus and other locations around the world. We also work with British Forces Early Years service to provide inspection settings in Western Europe.

Prospects delivers a range of childcare support and training programme

Prospects delivers bespoke training to support all early years providers in delivering the best possible outcomes for children in their care. Currently Prospects delivers a face to face childminder pre-registration course as well as other training courses/workshops which can be tailored to suit your individual needs. Some of the topics covered include:

  • EYFS Back to Basics
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Preparing for your Inspection
  • Working Together with the Common Inspection Framework
  • The Art of Self Evaluation
  • Effective Supervision
  • Committee Roles and Responsibilities
  • SEND Local Offer
  • Supporting Boys’ Progression Towards Writing
  • What’s in the Box? – Supporting Language
  • Teaching and Play.

Assistance in developing your paperwork with sample documents such as:

  • Policies and Procedures
  • Learning Journals
  • Tracking Documents
  • Next Steps Planning Sheets
  • Review Summary Sheets
  • 2 Year Progress Check Review.

A range of audit tools for settings and providers to use as part of their self evaluation.

Contact Prospects to discuss your individual needs or to access our EY consultancy service, which can support you in developing best practice, identifying any areas for improvement and providing bespoke support.

Early Years Quality Service in Southampton

Prospects have delivered support services to pre-schools in Southampton on behalf of Southampton City Council from August 2013. Prospects Early Years Quality Service for Pre-Schools in Southampton assisted pre-schools to extend their offer of free early education and meet the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage through providing access to training and expert advice, including the completion of assessments on two-year-olds. Since Prospects began providing the service almost half of those inspected subsequently have received an improved Ofsted outcome.

In August 2015, Prospects won a new contract to deliver support services to childminders, in addition to services to pre-schools. Prospects now also manages the provision of childcare services (‘Childcare Framework’) for children and young people where a public sector organisation is seeking placements on a short term basis.

Childminding Development Services in Kent

In Kent, Prospects provides Childminding Development Support Services through individually tailored support delivered by face to face visits, telephone and through the use of digital media to help childminders improve the quality of education and care they provide to achieve improved outcomes for pre-school age children.

Improvement Support Programme in Hampshire

In Hampshire, Prospects provides improvement support to local early years providers. As part of Hampshire’s Improvement Support Programme, Prospects works with childminders and pre-schools. Prospects provides individually tailored support to help providers improve the quality of their provision, ultimately to achieve improved outcomes for pre-school age children.

Step into training with Oxfordshire

In Oxfordshire, Prospects provides bespoke training and support to early years settings on a variety of topics including self-evaluation and preparing for an inspection.

Delegates attending How well do you know your setting said: “The training was very useful” and “I really enjoyed the training and learnt a lot…”

Prospects delivers training to support early literacy and numeracy:

  • Show me the write way
  • Maths is no problem to solve.

Who to contact

For further information:

Inspection and Assessment Services

John Theedom
Director of Early Years Services

[T] 0208 315 1230

Anne Watts
PA to Director of Early Years Services
[E] email me


Early Years Support Services

Shanti Flynn
Operations Manager
Childcare Support Services

[M] 07826 934499
[E] email me

Kent Childminding Development Support Services

Gwenderlyne Southall
Service Manager

[T] 01634 816030
[E] email us

Hampshire Childcare Support Services

Sarah Rolls
Service Manager

[T] 01634 816029
[E] email us

Southampton Pre-School Support

Angie Marchment
Service Manager

[M] 07769 671 459
[E] email me

Key contacts Ofsted Inspections

Claire Cook
Assistant Director, Quality
[E] email me

Andrew Mercer
Assistant Director, Workforce
[E] email me

Graeme Roberts
Assistant Director, Operations
[E] email me

What people say

Case Studies

One family now reports more laughter and fewer arguments
Channon* was referred to Prospects Youth Support Team (YST) when she was 13 ...
Amanda, childminder goes from satisfactory to outstanding
Since I began childminding nearly 10 years ago, there have been a lot of ...
Emma, preparing for Ofsted
Emma, from Medway, was helped to prepare for her inspection by the ...
Sarah requires help with Ofsted
Sarah, a childminder from Medway, recently received childminding support, ...
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