Early Years Consultancy

When it comes to providing support for your early years Ofsted inspection The Change Agency has a wealth of practical experience to draw on and offers  early years consultancy  services to leaders and owners in the childcare field.  This combined with coaching and mentoring skills has equipped me to provide to support you on your childcare work. I bring over 30 years experience in the field of childcare and early years. I have developed and delivered a number of training and quality support programmes including, assessments visits and pre inspections audits. I have proven track record in quality assurance, early years self- evaluation and am a qualified leadership coach and an approved early years inspector.

I can support you to develop in the following areas:

Early years inspection

  • Preparation for Ofsted early years inspections
  • Pre inspections audit
  • Self-evaluation review and development

Early years leadership

  • Coaching for leadership development
  • Managing change
  • Staff development
  • Safeguarding

 Preparation for your Early Years Inspection

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and the Common Inspection Framework introduced in 2015 promotes ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ childcare practice for all children.

Inspections from September 2015 onwards are carried out under the Common Inspection Framework (CIF). Grades are now given for overall effectiveness and four key judgements. Including: -Effectiveness of leadership and management

– Quality of teaching and learning

– Personal development, behavior and welfare

-Outcomes for children

Previously Ofsted found the quality of care and education in a third of nurseries and childminders in England was not good enough. While most settings are rated as good and some being rated as outstanding. There are still a high number of settings that require improvement or are inadequate.

The government wants to improve early year’s provision for children in all settings. It also makes good business sense to improve your setting inspection outcome and improve your business.

Mock Inspection

Are you ready for the Ofsted inspection? Do your staff understand the process and are they confident to speak to an inspector? Do you know what to expect and feel that you are ready to lead your inspection with confidence? We can help you prepare for your inspection. Why not gain the help of an early years consultant with over 25 years experience in the field of early years. Build your confidence in leading your inspection and understanding of how to achieve the best outcome for your setting.  Plan to succeed and make your setting the best that it has ever been.

Self Evaluation Review

By improving your self- evaluation processes you are more likely improve your Ofsted inspection outcomes and improve your setting overall. The Change Agency can assist you to develop your self-evaluation process to promote continual improvement and to ensure that your setting is the best it can be.

Coaching for Leadership development

Are your managers up to the mark? Do they lead from the front? Are they able to see the vision of the setting and implement a development strategy that really works. Leadership is an important aspect of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Developing your knowledge together with the systems and processes for your setting can really help your setting to develop and grow and offer the best possible services to the children and families. The best settings manage their inspections well and plan for continual development by updating skills and knowledge.

We can help you to achieve your ambition with bespoke coaching or training packages for your nursery leaders.


One of the key elements of leadership in early years settings is safeguarding. The Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation and the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements states that providers must ensure that all staff have up to date knowledge of safeguarding issues.  There is now an increased emphasis on Safeguarding.  Even if your provision is ‘good’ and children are learning but it is judged to be not a safe environment and staff don’t have a good understanding of safeguarding it’s hard to achieve a good Ofsted judgement. It is now more important than ever to keep all your staff fully updated in all aspects of safeguarding with regular training and support.

Staff development

Developing your staff is key to creating a quality early years setting. Through high quality induction, supervision, appraisals, coaching and mentoring, peer observations and  understanding safeguarding, your setting can improve the quality of the service that you are currently offering.

Developing your staff is key to creating a quality early years setting. Through high quality induction, supervision, appraisals, coaching and mentoring, peer observations and  understanding safeguarding, your setting can improve the quality of the service that you are currently offering.

All the above can be delivered as a standalone session or as part of a development package that suits your settings needs.

Early Years Pre Inspection Package

  • Pre inspection audit and feedback
  • Review of your self-evaluation
  • Report and action plan

This package may be taken as a whole with a full review of your self- evaluation, full day or half day pre inspection audits, feedback and report. If you prefer you may also opt for any single aspect of the above.

If you would like to book this service and discuss your needs in confidence, please do not hesitate to contact me for a free consultation and to discuss your requirements. tel 07999936086 or 0161 4834 5254 or email me at



Gillian from The Change Agency provided excellent training, support, advice and guidance to our childcare business. With her support and feedback we have been able to develop improved knowledge about our practice. This has helped to build confidence for the owner, manager and staff. We now have a greater understanding of our practice through improved self evaluation, increased knowledge of our strengths and area’s for development and improved strategy. I would have no hesitation in recommending Gillian and her company”. -Little Freddies Nursery (Pennistone, Barnsley)

Our managers found Gillian very professional, very knowledgeable, the experience has been a positive one as it has been someone outside of the company giving their point of view of their nursery. The nurseries have used the information they have gained to influence changes in their nurseries”.  -Nursery Chain (National)