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    I registered as a childminder last month & I am not sure what one of these forms are or how I find one. Is it something to do with Ofsted? When they did my pre reg they didn't mention it.

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    SEF stands for Self Evaluation Form. It is an Ofsted form that you fill in on-line. There's info about it in the free resources. Basically, it is a chance to look at what you do, state what you do well and make decisions about where you need to improve. I found it extremely helpful doing mine, although it took AGES! I have my first graded inspection next week (scary biscuits) and when I spoke with Mrs O, she said that having done the SEF would help with the inspection.

    See here:
    https://online.ofsted.gov.uk/OnlineOfsted/Default.aspx

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    Ofsted | Early years online self-evaluation form (SEF) and guidance for providers delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage

    SEF Ofsted

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    You will need to get a gateway key before you can start if online and its a good idea to do first in word so you always have a backup.
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    Don't forget there is a new SEF online now to reflect the new Inspection framework ...both came in on 4 November 2013

    Ofsted | Early years online self-evaluation form (SEF) and guidance for providers delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage

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    I had my first graded inspection in Jan this year, I didn't do a SEF but had used other methods to self evaluate and Mrs O was happy. So I'm not due an inspection for 2 years minimum, when would you start a SEF form?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tinkerbell1979 View Post
    I had my first graded inspection in Jan this year, I didn't do a SEF but had used other methods to self evaluate and Mrs O was happy. So I'm not due an inspection for 2 years minimum, when would you start a SEF form?
    The Ofsted SEF is not compulsory therefore you may want to continue with whatever system you have in place if that suits you...why not?

    I do the SEF because I am not a network Cm so needed some form of reflection and opted for that.
    The new inspection framework does mention the SEF 0n page 7 but does not clarify what CMs can show as an alternative

    Ofsted | Conducting early years inspections!

 

 

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