Services for Young Children

Online Quality Improvement Toolkit

Research informs us that children who experience high-quality early years provision are well placed to achieve better outcomes in school and beyond.

Leaders, managers and practitioners should have a clear understanding of the characteristics of high quality early years provision and why it is important.


The process/cycle of self-evaluation should be part of a continuous quality improvement process for all providers, enabling the setting to continuously improve. This toolkit is split into two sections to help you achieve this:


Ofsted promotes the process of self-evaluation to improve practice. Ofsted’s self-evaluation form (SEF) is available to all providers to summarise this process against the Ofsted Self-Evaluation Framework. In completing this form, practitioners are asked to reflect on their practice and identify opportunities for supporting children in meeting the five outcomes from Every Child Matters in partnership with parents, carers and other professionals.

Ofsted Readiness Toolkit

Early Years Foundation Stage