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Self-Evaluation Form

Before your inspection is it a good idea to complete the Ofsted Self-Evaluation Form. You don’t have to complete it; it is not a legal requirement. But many childminders choose to do so. Your SEF is read by your inspector prior to your inspection and is a great way to make a good impression before her arrival. It is also an excellent way to prepare for your inspection and to think about ways to improve your setting.



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Self Evaluation Form Model Answers

Self Evaluations Form Model Answers screen shotTwo outstanding childminders’ model answers to the Ofsted online self-evaluation form (SEF). Use these answers as a guide to writing your own so you don’t miss anything. 


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I will help you to write your SEF one question at a time. If you’d rather not be left on your own to write your SEF and wish you had someone to sit down in your living room and help you to do it, this is the next best thing.


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Supporting Documents

Most childminders complete the SEF online using a unique password from Ofsted called an Ofsted Security Token (OST). Full instructions on how to create a government account, plus guidance documents on how to complete the SEF area available on the government site

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