Hopscotch – Changing The Lives Of Little People

Hopscotch know how precious a child’s first years in the world are.  That’s why we exist to help nurseries, childminders and all Early Years providers give them the best possible start.

The Early Years are unquestionably the most important years of a child’s life. Children need to have a safe and secure setting where staff are passionate about providing them with best possible start through a rich and stimulating environment. Hopscotch are dedicated to working with Early Years providers so that children can flourish and reach their full potential.

We’re a UK and international consultancy with an incredible track record of delivering training, support and mentoring to our customers. They in turn can shine at inspection and delight the families who trust them to provide outstanding care and education for their little ones.

Supporting You Before And After Inspection

Whether you are awaiting the call from Ofsted or have just had a visit, Hopscotch is with you every step of the way!

Our quality improvement inspections look and feel just like the real thing, delivered by consultants who are experienced Early Years inspectors. We leave no stone unturned to understand exactly what the inspector could see and give you a full report as well as a grading against the Early Years Inspection Framework.

Our post-Ofsted consultancy helps you recover from a bad outcome and empowers your team to drive back towards outstanding practice. We work with you to develop a detailed action plan and won’t walk away until both Hopscotch and you are confident that you’ve addressed any concerns and are ready to shine at inspection!

Meeting The Challenges Of Early Years With You

We know that Early Years providers face constant challenges – political and economic uncertainty in the sector, the constant demands of the regulator, finding and retaining the best staff teams, and being financially sustainable when funding doesn’t cover the cost of delivering quality childcare. Hopscotch walks that road with you.

Because we are the largest consultancy in the UK, we have experts in every aspect of Early Years provision – whether that be inspirational teaching and learning, expert leadership and management or advanced safeguarding and SEND knowledge. We are also successful nursery operators who know all there is to know about starting up or acquiring a setting, recruiting effectively, building the right infrastructure and delivering on business plans. We are your one stop shop for Early Years excellence!

For Early Years Practitioners

For Early Years Practitioners

We provide accredited training courses on everything from safeguarding to first aid. We also write and deliver bespoke training courses to share the best practice that we see every day and promote across our industry.

For Early Years Settings

For Early Years Settings

Whether it's supporting you post-inspection, helping you achieve your goals of becoming Outstanding or ensuring your chain is working to your desired standards, Hopscotch does it all!

For Nursery Startups

For Nursery Startups

We are your one-stop-shop to get you from the earliest blueprints through to your opening day and beyond! Our consultants do everything from advising on design and furnishings, to providing best-of-breed policies and planning structures, to training your new staff team.

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At Hopscotch we know what is required to provide outstanding care and education.

Hopscotch Early Years Consultancy shares your passion for delivering the highest quality of care and education to children and families. From delivering quality improvement inspections, to coaching you in building effective staff teams, to creating and delivering bespoke Early Years training, to providing pre- and post-Ofsted inspection support, mentoring and consultancy – we know how to bring the best out in you and your organisation, whether you are a nursery, childminder or other EYFS provider.

Whether it’s support in striving to achieve Outstanding judgements, or a one-off training to prepare you for your inspection, Hopscotch have tailored solutions drawn from our proven track record of achievement in Early Years.

Raising standards doesn’t have to be daunting, lonely and expensive – you just need the motivation and passion to strive for excellence…and maybe a small helping hand from us!

Our close-knit team of consultants work across the UK and internationally to champion and lead on best practice, wherever Early Years providers are working to provide world-class care and education in the Early Years.

Our Services Include

Quality Improvement Inspections

Quality Improvement Inspections

Expecting Ofsted? Find out where your setting sits with an inspection just like the real thing. Our consultants will grade your setting against the exact criteria Ofsted use, and give you feedback that will enable you to address concerns and empower your staff teams to really showcase their practice when the day comes!

Tailored Consultancy

Tailored Consultancy

Our consultants quickly and skilfully identify your strengths and areas for improvement, and work with you and your team to close gaps and bring out the best in your everyday practice. Whatever your requirements, Hopscotch will collaborate with you to achieve the vision you have for your nursery or other Early Years setting!

Post-Inspection Triage

Post-Inspection Triage

We know that inspection day sometimes does not go the way you'd hoped and intended. If you've received the judgement you'd been dreading, Hopscotch can swoop in to pick up the pieces and get you back on the road to Outstanding. Our intensive support will have you smiling again in no time!

Mystery Shopper

Mystery Shopper

Need some intelligence and insight into your competitors? Want to see how your staff teams are handling sales and prospective customers? Our mystery shopping teams will visit settings and give you detailed feedback on their strengths, weaknesses and potential game-changers. Knowledge is power!

Bespoke Training

Bespoke Training

Whether you've identified an area that you feel needs additional focus, or whether the constantly-changing world of Early Years means that you staff need to be brought up to date on current best practice, Hopscotch has the training you need. Our dedicated trainers cover all aspects of Early Years provision as well as statutory requirements.

Policies, Procedures & Your SEF

Policies, Procedures & Your SEF

Whether you regard paperwork as a necessary evil or the bedrock of ensuring quality in your provision, you appreciate that having up-to-date policies and procedures is vital to your success. Our off-the-peg policies reflect the best in the industry and are a great foundation for your settings. We can also help you showcase your dedication to quality with Ofsted by writing or reviewing your Self-Evaluation Form.

Hopscotch Furniture Range

As part of our mission to ensure the highest quality of nursery provision, we have partnered with one of the UK’s leading suppliers of educational furniture to design and produce the most eye-catching, child-friendly and robust items for your setting whilst ensuring that they support your staff team to deliver best practice in the eyes of customers and Ofsted, whilst ensuring that it’s at a price point that supports sustainable growth for your setting.

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