The Ofsted Big Conversation brought together representatives of Early Years Childcare Providers and Ofsted across the UK. It is a voluntary organisation run by sector representatives and the purpose within the Terms of Reference are:

  •  To provide a communication forum where providers*, who deliver Early Years care and education, can collectively bring shared areas of concern or common themes they seek further clarification on, to a representative from Ofsted, and receive a timely response
  • To provide Ofsted an opportunity to give updates on changes and direction of travel and to help dispel Ofsted ‘myths’.

*Providers delivering Early Years care and education, include but are not limited to private, voluntary and independent settings such as day nurseries, pre-schools, childminders and Children’s Centres (collectively called ‘PVI’)”

Finding your way around the site

  •  Regional Group Homepages: Contains the relevant contacts, details of up and coming meetings and events, region specific articles and also links to the Regional Reports. You can access this from the Main Menu or the Map below by selecting the relevant area / region.
  • Regional Reports: Including minutes and presentations from previous meetings are accessed by selecting the relevant area / region from the Regional Reports from the Main Menu.
  • All OBC Minutes, Reports and Articles: are accessed from News, Articles & Updates from the Main Menu
  •  Up and Coming Meetings & Events: The listings can be accessed from the Main Menu, where there is a calendar view as well as list. The calendar is also displayed below with the list and the Future Meetings & Events are displayed in the sidebar to the left.

Please feel free to email hello@theofstedbigconversation.co.uk with any queries

Regional Groups

Connect with your local #OBC Region from our Interactive map; simply  click on your area to access your Regional page. 


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You can join our Facebook Group, The Ofsted Big Conversation, to share thoughts and information regarding the Ofsted Big Conversation. This is a national group so you can connect with others across all of the OBC Regions.

We also have a Facebook Page, Ofsted Big Conversation, that you can follow and like, where all of the Regional Meetings, news and updates are shared. Please see, below, some of the most recent posts.

Our scheduled North West Ofsted Big Conversation, closed meeting between our steering group and Ofsted is going ahead as planned on the 26th June. The meeting is one of 2 held each year in addition to the 2 open meetings we have in the North West. We are speaking to Ofsted about our agenda currently and want to make sure that we represent you all as best we can. In the 6 years that we have engaged as OBC NW we have achieved so many things that has brought about positive change and most importantly opportunities to facilitate conversations between colleagues in the sector and Ofsted themselves. What do you all want to know? What are the important issues for you right now in relation to Ofsted and their regulatory role in the early years? We cant promise to have them all on the agenda but will do our best to gather the most common and pertinent questions, issues and points of view right now for you to present these to Ofsted. Thank you for engaging with us at this challenging time. Best Wishes,The OBC-NW Steering Group.

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