Quality Assurance Programme Benefits
Engagement in a Quality Assurance programme has many benefits. It:
- Guides and supports settings to improve outcomes for children.
- Encourages settings to be inclusive and reduce inequalities.
- Strengthens values and principles in settings.
- Promotes effective practice and its delivery.
- Increases the capacity of settings to improve quality.
- Promotes integrated working within and among settings.
- Challenges and supports key people in settings to lead quality improvement practice.
- Supports settings through self-evaluation and improvement processes.
- Provides recognition that a setting has made real progress against a set of agreed standards and achieved an accredited level or stage.
- Helps parents choose good quality provision for their children.
- Communicates to parents and others that the setting has raised its quality above minimum standards.
- Empowers Management, Leaders/Supervisers and Early Years practitioners to make decisions and changes in the way they do their work.
- Sets quality standards and is a means of measuring services to children, providing a mechanism through which funders can verify that money invested is being used to deliver quality care.
Early Years believes that quality assurance schemes provide a route for Leaders and Managers to raise standards through a process of self-evaluation or self-assessment. This involves practitioners in a cycle of continuous improvement in which the provision is audited against a set of criteria or standards. Strengths and areas for improvement are identified, an action plan is developed and implemented, and progress is reviewed.