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By Sue Cowleyearly years teacher, educational author, trainer and presenter

Expert advice and practical guidance for tackling your Early Years Self-Evaluation Form


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It’s tempting to see ‘self evaluation’ as being all about filling in your form for Ofsted. However, self evaluation is about much more than this and it should be an integral part of the day-to-day running of your setting.

Whatever your role is within Early Years, all providers of care and education, need to carry out effective self evaluation to help take stock of their practice, assist in identifying areas for improvement and demonstrate clearly to parents, carers and children (their stakeholders) how they will achieve the five outcomes of Every Child Matters. An effective self evaluation reflects a realistic view of your current practice and allows you to promote your vision for the setting and set out exactly how it will progress into the future.


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Completing and submitting an Early Years Self-Evaluation Form

Although it is not a statutory requirement to complete the Ofsted Early Years Self-Evaluation Form (EY SEF), you need to find a way to carry out a self evaluation, and it’s probably easiest to use the form provided. The most straightforward way to complete your EY SEF is by accessing it online. In order to do this you will need to:

  • Apply to Ofsted for your Ofsted Security Token.
  • Once you receive your letter, log onto the Government Gateway at https://online.ofsted.gov.uk/onlineofsted/public/launchportal.aspx.
  • Create a user account – make a note of your User ID and password and keep this secure and confidential.
  • Use your Ofsted Security Token to access the EY SEF for your setting.
  • When you’ve completed your EY SEF, click on the ‘submit’ button.
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  1. Magic Rocket
    on 18 May 2010

    SEF - A way to improve

    I find that completing a SEF is daunting the first time, but once the first one is finished I always print off a copy so that when I need to up date it I can refer back to my improvement targets and see how much progress has been made.

    I have found Self Evaluation a very useful tool for improving my nursery and would encourage others to give it a go.

    This article has been well researched and would be a useful tool to help anyone who has yet to make their first attempt at Self Evaluation.

    5out of 5