Improving quality in early years settings

Quality assurance and improvement schemes are designed to promote quality by encouraging early years practitioners and childminders to think carefully about what they do and how they do it.

There are many benefits to settings undertaking quality assurance:

  • to inspire pride in the early years setting
  • demonstrate and celebrate a commitment to quality
  • create a culture of continuous improvement
  • provide a structure for development
  • build and develop teams

"Staff volunteer to work on the modules. I think they do find it a useful process to go through because it does result in a better way of doing things in the nursery. They feel empowered because the suggestions they come up with are put into practice" - Nursery Manager.

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Quality assurance in Brighton & Hove

QuILT (Quality Improvement in Learning and Teaching) was developed by the early years consultants team in the council for early years settings and childminders delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).

What's involved in QuILT?

The process involves information gathering, action planning, implementation, evaluation and moderation. The scheme is modular and you are encouraged to complete one module per term.

The modules are:

  • Aims, values and principles
  • Equal opportunities
  • Learning and teaching strategies
  • The learning experiences
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Parental partnership, home and community liaison
  • The physical environment
  • Relationships and interactions
  • Staffing

"I think Brighton and Hove have really good training to support this work. The structure and format of the modules, with the initial information gathering process, encourages reflective practice and is also very comprehensive. It covers all of the EYFS. It is useful when completing the SEF as it provides lots of evidence for the setting" - Manager of a pre-school setting.

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For more information

For more information on QuILT contact Helen Beaumont on (01273) 293655 or email helen.beaumont@brighton-hove.gov.uk

If you are from another local authority and you are interested in purchasing QuILT contact Mary Ellinger on (01273) 293512 or email mary.ellinger@brighton-hove.gov.uk

You can find lots of useful information about quality assurance schemes from other parts of the country on the National Children's Bureau website.  


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