Self-evaluation is an important element of effective early years practice. Leaders and Managers need to ensure they have an accurate understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of their setting so that they can plan sharply focused improvements which make a real difference to children.
You may already have a process for self-reflection and evaluation in place which works for your setting if not there are lots of tools that can be used to evaluate your practice.
The EY team support settings by facilitating a Self Evaluation Meeting (SEM) annually or as requested to help identify areas for development and celebrate aspects of good practice.
Infant Toddler Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale (ECERS) are tools used to measure the quality of provision against a ratings criteria. The EY's team members will support by observing a block of at least 3 hours within the provision and will provide areas for improving practice based on the observations.
The audit will take up to 3 hours to complete and we will use parts of the ECERS and SSTEW scales to complete the audit. The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well-being scales (SSTEW) are key tools for mangers to use to assess the quality of provision for children and will support you with your self-evaluation process and increase confidence with in the new inspection framework process. The national agenda is focused on improving children’s communication language and literacy skills. To support this agenda the Early Year’s service at Buckinghamshire Council will be working with practitioners to support quality interactions in settings, particularly in those settings with the most vulnerable children.