"Promoting Best Practice"
There has never been a more important time for you to ensure that you work efficiently and effectively with the resources you have available. As a management committee you need to understand how to do more with less and improve the quality and standards within YOUR setting.
Ensuring a high standard and quality of care within the Early Years setting is a vital component to the successful running of daily operations. As a management committee it is important to be aware of the various teaching methods used within your setting as this will help you reflect on progress made and future developments you may like to incorporate within your service. As members of the management committee Early Years would strongly encourage you to familiarise yourself with:
- Social Services
Early Years Teams are specialist teams of social workers within Health and Social Care (HSC) Trusts who are responsible, by law, for the registration, inspection, monitoring and support of childminders and day care providers. For more information, contact the Early Years team in your local Health & Social Care Trust.
- ETI - The Education and Training Inspectorate
The Education and Training Inspectorate provides inspection services for a number of organisations. These inspections evaluate the quality of provision across a range of activities within a setting such as the children's development and learning, the preschool programme, the pastoral care and child protection and teaching. Leadership and management are also evaluated. The inspections are generally once every 6 years.
- Early Years Specialists (EYS)
Early Years has a team of locally based Early Years Specialists who provide ongoing support and advice to playgroups, day cares, créches, parent and toddler groups and after school groups on an individual, group or peer network basis. For more information visit the EYS section of Early Years
HighScope is a quality approach to early childhood care and education which has been shaped and developed by research and practice over a forty year period. It identifies and builds on children's strengths, interests and abilities. For more information visit the HighScope section of Early Years
Early Years has delivered an accreditation programme since 1991. Developed in line with International Research on Best Practice in Early Years Care and Education, the process ensures that service providers can have external verification on the high quality nature of their provision. For more information on why settings should obtain accreditation and hoe to become accreidted, visit the Accrediation section of Early Years