The Foundation Years website has a section on quality provision that highlights key areas that practitioners need to reflect upon. Quality improvement is a continuous cycle of self-reflection, identifying areas for improvement, implementing improvement plans and reviewing their impact.
In your setting have all the staff discussed, debated and reached agreement as to what quality looks like for you?
Leaders and managers of settings should have an accurate view of the quality of their provision and know what to improve. They do not need to produce a written self-evaluation but should be prepared to discuss the quality of education and care they provide – and how well they meet the needs of the children – with the inspector. Inspectors will consider how well leaders and managers evaluate their provision and know how they can improve it or maintain its high standards.
Early Years Inspection Handbook
A setting improvement plan helps you to identify priorities and actions to be taken. When devising the plan consider:
- What needs to change/develop?
- How is it going to be done?
- How long will it take?
- What resources are needed?
- Who is going to do it?
- What difference will it make to the outcomes for children?
- Evaluate the actual impact. Did it meet the identified need?
Continuous (Long Term) Quality Improvement Plan Template
Quality Improvement Plan Template