Quality improvement

Using self-evaluation for continual improvement

The process/cycle of self-evaluation should be part of a continuous quality improvement process for all providers, enabling the setting to continuously improve. Ofsted promotes the process of self-evaluation to improve practice. The Early Years Inspection Handbook provides guidance regarding what the Inspector will take into account including the effectiveness of leadership and management in evaluating practice and securing continuous improvement that improves children’s life chances.

Childcare providers do not need to produce any self-evaluation documentation, but managers and staff should be able to discuss the setting with the inspector. Inspectors will ask staff about the quality of care and activities they provide, and how well the setting is meeting the learning needs of all children. Childcare providers may find recording information to support their judgements useful.