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This short guide explains Ofsted’s proposals to work with two private sector organisations in delivering some aspects of early years inspection and regulation. It tells you why this decision has been made, when the new arrangements will begin and what this will mean for you.
01 Apr 2010 | HMI 090333 | Ofsted |
Early years online self-evaluation form (SEF) and guidance - For settings delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage
The early years self-evaluation form (EY SEF) is now available for you to complete online and we encourage you to use this: https://online.ofsted.gov.uk/onlineofsted/public/launchportal.aspx.
There is no legal requirement for settings to complete the Ofsted early years self-evaluation form. It is not mandatory and providers can use other methods of self-evaluation if they choose to do so. However, the form allows a setting to summarise the outcomes of its process of self-evaluation, in line with key judgements made by inspectors during inspection.
Please see the important note below regarding the amendments that were made in October 2009.
In order to complete your EY SEF online, you will need a unique password from Ofsted called an Ofsted Security Token (OST) and the guidelines on how to complete the online form. If you have not already received this, please contact us on 0300 123 3153. Please have your URN to hand when you contact us.
Alternatively, the EY SEF is available in two downloadable formats.
- Word version - SEF can be filled in by hand or on your computer
- PDF version - SEF can be filled in by hand
There is an EY SEF guidance document to help you.
The EY SEF should be read in conjunction with Are you ready for your inspection? and the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Online early years self-evaluation form amendments – October 2009
We amended the online EY SEF on Thursday 29 October 2009 to incorporate the changes to the early years inspection judgements.
These amendments significantly changed the number and description of the form sections and judgements.
We have produced a guidance document Online early years self-evaluation form amendments to help explain the changes that have been made.
02 Nov 2009 | HMI 080104 | Ofsted |
These documents provide key questions and answers about the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and what providers need to know. They are from two conferences held in 2007:
- local authority briefing sessions
- Primary National Strategy early years lead advisers.
23 May 2008 | HMI 20080023 | Ofsted |
This report covers the period from April 2003 to March 2004 and is about the sharp end of childcare regulation: enforcing the law. It emphasises the importance of using only registered providers. But parents must of course also rely on their own judgement and local knowledge in choosing childcare.
31 Aug 2004 | HMI 2279 | Ofsted |
This document was updated in August 2010.
At least one person in three in England makes use of the services Ofsted inspects and regulates. Our teams think carefully about the likely equality impact of their work and will take action to improve strategies, policies and projects, where appropriate. The equality impact assessment (EIA) provides a tool to help them do this.
This page contains our guidance document. You can find completed EIA on the EIA homepage.
EIA supports Ofsted's single equality scheme.
11 Aug 2010 | HMI 100141 | Ofsted |
This document was revised in July 2010.
The aim of this guidance is to assist inspectors to carry out inspections of providers of childcare on domestic premises who are registered on both the Childcare and the Early Years Registers. This guidance supplements Using the early years evaluation schedule and Conducting the early years inspection.
30 Jul 2010 | HMI 080165 | Ofsted |
This guidance aims to help inspectors, and the governors and staff of schools, to identify what it means to be an inclusive school, and to diagnose the strengths and weaknesses of a school’s practice in order to promote to bring about improvements in this area. This requires inspection reports to be more focussed on the impact of the school’s strategies for addressing inclusion issues and, particularly, for promoting racial equality.
30 Nov 2000 | HMI 235 | Ofsted |
A revised version was published in January 2009.
This is used as part of the inspection framework for independent schools, from December 2006.
02 Jan 2009 | HMI 20060023 | Ofsted |
This document details the outcome of the evaluation of the second year of the children’s services assessment, including the responses to an online questionnaire completed by local authorities in January 2011.
06 May 2011 | HMI 110007 | Ofsted |
This document details the outcome of the evaluation of the first year of the children’s services assessment and the consultation process that took place with local authorities between January and February 2010.
08 Jul 2010 | HMI 100039 | Ofsted |