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LfEDD quality assurance scheme
• NCMA, Quality First: for Individual childminders (not in a network area). • NCMA, Children Come First: for childminders in a network (must be in an allocated network area). We will also consider applications for financial support to complete other IiC Investors in Children (IiC) endorsed quality assurance schemes. The financial support offered by the early years service is dependent on the funding available at the time of your application. For further details of the financial support offered by the early Quality Assurance Schemes years service contact Janina Perera on 020 8753 2433. Is there any guidance or additional support? The early years service will organise: Does your setting provide good • Training related to supporting settings standards of their quality quality care and education? assurance scheme. • Support groups bringing together providers undertaking the same scheme. Is your setting committed to • Support for individual providers in the quality assurance standard areas providing the best possible service? related to the Foundation Stage Curriculum, Birth to Three Matters framework and portfolio building. Then show you’re an Investor in Children. How do we find out more? What are quality If you are thinking about starting a quality assurance scheme or just want to assurance schemes? know more, come to one of our workshops called, “Introduction to quality assurance schemes in early years childcare and play”. Quality assurance schemes can be viewed as training The workshops will look at what quality assurance schemes are, the benefits for programmes designed to your setting and choosing the right scheme. The workshops will be held termly. promote quality by encouraging childcare providers to think carefully Contact the quality assurance officer about what they do and why Janina Perera to find out more they do it – “reflective Tel: 020 8753 2433 practice”. Email: Janina.Perera@lbhf.gov.uk. Most schemes have similar sections to those of the national standards. The standards set in quality Visit our website: www.lbhf.gov.uk assurance schemes help settings to provide good Published by the Hammersmith & Fulham quality education and Council education department. childcare over and above the October 2004. national standards for under Printed by Hammerprint, 51 Glenthorne Road, eights daycare and Hammersmith W6 0LJ. childminding. Ref:Lf.EDD quality assurance scheme A quality What are the benefits of quality assurance schemes? Additional benefits for out of school providers caring for over eights assurance For children • Enables parents to claim money through childcare tax credits. scheme will • Develops, encourages and maintains high standards of • Provides support to reach a quality standard equivalent to the national encourage care and education for the benefit of children, their standards and above. providers to family units and their local communities. • Enables parents whose employers contribute to childcare costs to take do three • Positively promotes cognitive, language, social, and advantage of tax breaks on £50 a week of childcare costs from April 2005. things: emotional development. What is Investors in Children (IiC)? For parents Investors in Children was developed by the Sure Start Unit to assess quality 1 • Reassures parents that you provide high quality care assurance schemes against 10 rigorous criteria. Quality assurance schemes that exceeding the national standards. meet the criteria will be endorsed by IiC. This will aid childcare providers to choose Look critically • Enhances partnership with parents by encouraging them a good scheme. Currently there are 48 endorsed Quality Assurance schemes. at the quality of their service to be involved and actively contribute to their child’s A list of IiC endorsed quality assurance schemes can be found at for themselves care and learning. www.surestart.gov.uk/ensuringquality/investorsinchildren. For staff How can my setting become accredited? 2 • Recognises and acknowledges their good practice. Accreditation is achieved through completion of an IiC endorsed quality • Identifies training and development needs. To compare assurance scheme. This will include an accreditation process and an element of • Creates a positive culture of continuous improvement, independent assessment involving the staff team, children, parents, carers and their practices increasing staff involvement and commitment to team local community. with what is building. known about best practice. • Delivers positive benefits for staff motivation and How long would it take to complete a quality assurance scheme? empowerment, promoting increased This depends on the quality assurance scheme you choose and the commitment retention of staff. 3 For the setting you make, it can take anywhere between six months to two years to complete. To get further • May assist staff recruitment Is there any financial support? training/ and retention. The early years service will provide financial support towards support to the costs of quality assurance packages for all early years • Encourages networking & ensure and childcare non-maintained sector providers who register collaboration between providers. they are through the early years service onto the following schemes: delivering • Assist applications for funding. best practice. • Provides a competitive • NDNA, Quality Counts: for full day care. advantage and marketing tool. • PSLA, Aiming for Quality: for sessional or full day care. • Provides evidence to meet the • Brighton & Hove, Quilt: for full day care and sessional national standards. providers caring for three to five year olds. • Creates a holistic approach • Montessori Education (UK), Montessori Education Quality to good practice, linking Assurance Scheme: for Montessori settings. self- assessment for Ofsted, Birth • London Play, Quality In Play: for out of school settings. to Three matters and the •4Children, Aiming High: for out of school settings. 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