If you have been meaning to write your Ofsted Self-Evaluation Form (SEF) for the ages, but keep putting it off and putting it off, then let me help you do it. Let’s work together. Let’s do it one question at a time. And let’s just GET IT DONE.

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One question at a time

The reason many childminders don’t do their SEF is because staring at a blank screen is completely overwhelming. You know it’s going to takes hours of work to write your SEF properly from beginning to end, so it’s hard to motivate yourself to start.

I can help you by breaking the task down, question by question and guiding you step-by-step. This way, instead of having one, enormous task to complete, I will help you by doing it with you, one question at a time. If you allow yourself one week to answer the questions in each section, then after six weeks you will have finished your SEF for Ofsted and you won’t have to worry about it anymore.  

How does it work?

Many childminders find the questions on the Ofsted SEF form are overwhelming and written in a complex-sounding manner. I will help you by taking each of the seven Ofsted questions and breaking them down into many simpler questions. .

So instead of facing one question like:

which can feel totally overwhelming….

I will ask you to answer a series of specific questions like this:

Self help examples

All you have to do is to read the question, read my sample answer, and then type your answer to each question. When you have answered all the questions, you need to email them to me.

My job will then be to edit what you send, and to put your answers together into the finished format which you can then copy and paste directly into your Ofsted Online SEF, or print and send to your inspector prior to your inspection.

Will it still be my own work?

Absolutely. I will use YOUR answers to produce YOUR SEF form. I am going to help you to do it, but you still have to do the work. YOU have to answer the questions – I’m just going to help you by guiding you, and by putting your answers together in a logical, well-written way that your inspector will find easy to read.  

Is this cheating?

Certainly not. This is getting help, not cheating. It would be cheating if I wrote it for you or told you what to write. I am going to be helping you, helping you with the language, and helping you get it done, but let me just stress right now that I will not be doing this FOR you. You still have to do the work. I am just going to help you to do the work so you don’t get overwhelmed and give up.

How long will it take to write my SEF? 

We will do the SEF essentially one question at a time over a period of around 6 weeks. If you want to take longer that’s up to you, but as I work alone, I can’t really commit to doing it FASTER than 3 weeks. So I’m sorry, but if your inspection is next week, then I can’t really help you.

Please rest assured that I will chase you up and hassle you if you lapse and don’t send me your work after a reasonable amount of time! 

If your inspection is looming and is less than 3 weeks away, then you can still get help by using my SEF Model Answers which you will just have to work through on your own. .

Who should sign up for “Let’s write your SEF together”?

My SEF service is for any childminder who wants help getting their SEF written and doesn’t want to be left on their own to do it by themselves. By the time you have finished, you will have a complete SEF that you can then work with or edit over time.

If this is your first time writing your SEF and you want some guidance to do it right first time, then this will be ideal for you.

Many childminders speak English as a second language. If this is you, then writing your SEF is an extra challenge. I can help you by giving you examples and by guiding you with the work. You may also want me to edit your spelling, correct your English and fix your grammar mistakes.

If you’ve made an attempt on your SEF before, and scribbled down a few things, but not really got very far, then it may be a good idea to just start fresh and do it properly. 

Many childminders don’t get a lot of support by your local authority and if this is you, you may also find you enjoy working with someone. I can’t sit in your living room, but having me at the end of an email, is really the next best thing. It can be nice to know that there is a real person reading what you have written and offering some encouragement to get your SEF done.

At this time, the course is not suitable for childminders who work with assistants, or who offer only before and after school care.

I’ve already written my SEF and just really want someone to check it.

I offer a custom SEF checking service where I will read what you send and comment. I can check to make sure you aren’t missing anything. This service is charged hourly for a minimum of £75.

 I offer different levels of service including checking content to make sure you haven’t missed anything, advice for childminders who want to get outstanding, plus proof reading and editing English. Please contact me for a quote.

Is it ok to send you confidential information about my setting and the children I look after?

I am an Early Years Consultant, registered with NEYTCO and anything you send me will be treated entirely confidentially. For your peace of mind, before we begin working on your SEF, and before you send me anything confidential, I will send you a signed confidentiality agreement stating that I will be the only person to see the information you are sending me and that once my work with you is completed, that I will delete it from my computer entirely. This way you are totally covered for data protection.  

What if Ofsted or my council support worker find out I got help? 

There really is nothing wrong with getting help on your SEF because you still have to do the work. I am just going to help you on it. However, if you are at all concerned, then frankly Ofsted and your council support worker simply do not need to know. 

I employ assistants. Can I still get your help to write my SEF? 

No. Sorry, but at this time, I am just offering this service to childminders who work alone. There are too many extra things you need to consider in your SEF if you have assistants.

I ONLY look after before and after children. Can I still get your help to write my SEF?

No. Sorry. My questions are all designed for childminders looking after EYFS aged children.

How much does this cost?

It costs £75 to write your SEF with me helping you. It’s a great investment if you want to get your SEF done ready for your inspection.

Remember that any training or consultancy services you buy for your childminding service are tax deductible when you do your tax return.

How do I sign up?

Full payment is due when you sign up for the course through my ordering page using PayPal. You can also pay by bank transfer.

Please remember to allow 3 weeks to complete the work.

Please note that if you have assistants or do not work with EYFS aged children then I’m sorry but I can’t help you at this time.    

Stop putting your SEF off. What are you waiting for? Let’s get your SEF done so you’ve got one less thing to worry about.


I have read through the SEF and submitted it online. Thank you for everything. This has been a great help and as far as I’m concerned I have found it all very good. Your service has been excellent and I have recommended you to others. I’ll let you know how I get on tomorrow. Getting nervous now. Thank you again. Kind Regards, Kerry

Thank you very much for your hard work. I have read it and it sounds great. You have saved me so much time and I really appreciate it. You have done really good work!! Kind Regards, M

You are amazing, sef done and very happy with it. Thank you so much.

A big thank you for your guidance, I honestly think it would have taken me forever without your help. Dawn

I wanted to take the opportunity of thanking you again for all your help, I know I would have got in a right old muddle without your guidance. Kind regards, Julie