Self-evaluation Form Guidance
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PART A: SETTING DETAILS AND VIEWS OF THOSE WHO USE THE SETTING


SECTION 1: YOUR SETTING

In this section you should describe the main characteristics of your setting and the culture and backgrounds of the children who attend, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, or speak English as an additional language. Include details of:

Outline any specific issues that aid or prevent the smooth running of your setting, such as:

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SECTION 2: VIEWS OF THOSE WHO USE YOUR SETTING AND WHO WORK WITH YOU

This section asks you to tell us about the views of the children and their parents or carers. It also asks how you capture the views of other professionals who may work with you, including your staff and any volunteers, those who administer quality assurance schemes, your local authority advisers, your local children’s centre colleagues and any health professionals or social workers. Things to consider include:

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PART B: THE QUALITY AND STANDARDS OF THE EARLY YEARS PROVISION

In part B there are sections covering the judgements the inspector will make at inspection, and one for the overall effectiveness of the provision. You may find it helpful to refer to the criteria the inspector will consider and the evidence they look for when making these judgements. You can find these in the inspection handbook, and common inspection framework.

Grading your provision

For each of the judgements the inspector will give your provision a grade using a four-point scale. The self-evaluation form uses the same four-point scale so that you can consider how well you are doing against the same criteria as the inspector. You should look carefully at the grade descriptors used by the inspector and decide which judgement is the best fit for your practice.

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SECTION 3: EFFECTIVENESS OF LEADERSHIP AND MANAGEMENT

This section is about how well your provision is led and managed. You may find it helpful to refer to pages 30–34 of the early years inspection handbook and the learning and development requirements on pages 7–12 of the EYFS. If you are a childminder, you should consider how well you organise the childminding service you provide and how well you work with others, such as the network coordinator and any other provision a child attends.

You should evaluate how well your leadership and management activities:

Do not just list what you do but consider how well you and any assistants or staff who work with you:

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SECTION 4: QUALITY OF TEACHING, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT

You may find it helpful to refer to pages 34-38 of the early years inspection handbook and pages 8-9 of the EYFS. This section is about how well teaching promotes learning throughout the provision. You should evaluate how well you:

Do not just list what you do but consider the impact of your activities on children’s learning and development by considering whether:

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SECTION 5: PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT, BEHAVIOUR AND WELFARE

This section is about how your care practices help children feel emotionally secure and ensure they are physically, mentally and emotionally healthy. You may find it helpful to refer to pages 38-41 of the early years inspection handbook. You should evaluate how well you help children:

Do not just list what you do but consider the impact of your care on children’s healthy development by considering how well children:

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SECTION 6: OUTCOMES FOR CHILDREN

This section is about the progress of different groups of children from their starting points. You may find it helpful to refer to pages 41–44 of the early years inspection handbook, pages 10–12 of the EYFS and Early Years Outcomes. You should evaluate how well you:

Do not just list what you do but consider the impact of your work and how well you and any assistants that work with you:

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SECTION 7: OVERALL EFFECTIVENESS

You should refer to pages 28–30 of the inspection handbook. In this section you should take account of the judgements you have made about your provision in the four key areas. In particular, you should consider:

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