Critical Evaluation

Demonstrate to Ofsted how you evaluate the quality of practice in your setting.

Course details

Duration: Half day
Who should attend: Owners and Managers

What will I learn?

Earlier this year, Ofsted removed the requirement for settings to complete their written self-evaluation form. However, self-evaluation continues to be an important aspect of the inspection process.

Although providers do not need to provide a written evaluation, they must be well prepared to discuss the quality of education and care they provide and how well they meet children’s needs. The new Early Years Inspection Handbook states: "Inspectors will consider how well leaders and managers evaluate their provision and know how they can improve it or maintain its high standards." 

The aim of this session is to help providers reflect on the effectiveness of their current system of critical evaluation and consider ways to make it even better.

Key topics:
  • The purpose of critical evaluation
  • Innovative ideas for gathering evidence
  • Involving children, parents, staff and other professionals
  • The Quality of Education judgement in the Early Years Inspection Handbook 2019
  • Setting realistic and achievable targets for improvement
  • Confidently celebrating successes and achievements.


Prices are based on up to 16 delegates (we recommend 10 as a minimum). A small extra charge applies for extra delegates. You will receive a certificate of attendance to demonstrate your ongoing professional development.

  Weekday  Saturday 
   Half Day   Half Day 
NDNA Member   £505  £569
Non-member  £631  £712

Find out more:

For more information contact our training team by calling 01484 40 70 70 or email