About Me

Deborah Udakis Consultancy Ltd

I joined Ofsted in 2001 and was Her Majesty's Inspector between 2009 and 2017.  

As a qualified early years practitioner, I have extensive experience in different roles and I have held leadership and management posts within the sector. 

I have led and managed children’s day care services in inner London and also led a local authority inspection team. 

I have particular expertise in teaching, learning and assessment, improving outcomes for children, self-evaluation and leadership and management.  

As HMI, I regularly led inspections of schools, children’s centres and a range of early years settings. I quality assured inspections and the work of early years inspectors. I played a significant role in carrying out safeguarding audits of inspections and promoting the welfare and learning outcomes of children in care. I contributed to inspection and regulation based advice to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector (HMCI) and to government; writing and making contribution to reports, including HMCI’s Annual report and other publications.   

I have a long history of raising standards and supporting improvement in the early years in maintained, private, voluntary and independent sectors. I have a highly developed knowledge and understanding of the application of early years inspection and regulation based on an up-to-date knowledge and understanding of relevant good practice.

As an Early Years Specialist, I inspire confidence and deliver high quality results. I have an in-depth knowledge and understanding of the early years foundation stage and related regulations and how these are applied. I work with leaders to support improvements and to help settings 'Get to Good and Beyond', through a range of training, advice, support and practice analysis and  evaluation. I work closely with providers and leaders; and provide mentoring and coaching to support excellence in leadership. With specialist knowledge of the welfare and learning and development requirements, I quickly identify and provide detailed evaluations of settings, their key strengths and areas for improvement.   

With almost 40 years experience in the early years field, I am passionate about improving the life chances of children. I am committed to ensuring that the quality of early years provision and outcomes for children continue to improve at the end of the foundation stage.



  • BSc (Hons), Social Sciences 
  • Advanced Diploma in Investigative Practice  
  • Diploma in Social Policy
  • Certificate in Care Management
  • Certificate in Health and Social Care 
  • NVQ level 4 in Management 
  • D32 & D33 Assessors Award 
  • Diploma in Nursery Nursing (NNEB)

I have a clear enhanced DBS disclosure.

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