What is Accreditation?

Early Years delivers three accreditation programmes for pre-school and daycare settings. Developed in line with international research on best practice in early years care and education, the process provides external verification on the high quality nature of a setting’s service provision.

  • All Ireland Centre of Excellence
  • Playgroup Accreditation
  • HighScope Accreditation

Settings who wish to work towards Accreditation follow a self evaluative and reflective process which is assessed against standards. Strengths and areas for improvement are first identified through reflective practice and action planning is then promoted in order to monitor progress and raise quality.

Accreditation focuses on the importance of play using a child centered approach. It ensures that equality is integral with quality in promoting positive expectations of children. Involving and consulting with children and families in the promotion of healthy eating and healthy living and general wellbeing encourages multidisciplinary working and partnerships in the safeguarding of children.

Developed in line with International Research on Best Practice in Early Years Care and Education, the Accreditation process ensures that service providers can have external verification on the high quality nature of their provision.

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