Steps to Quality
We run our own quality assurance scheme for early years providers called Steps to Quality.
Making sure you leave your child in a safe, secure and stimulating environment is paramount in every parent’s mind when choosing an early years provider.
Parents, quite rightly, have high expectations of their early years providers. They expect the best care and education for their child.
Our Steps to Quality scheme aims to ensure early years providers throughout North Lincolnshire are meeting that high standard.
Steps to Quality is a unique scheme where providers can measure their service against agreed quality standards.
Taking time to reflect on their own practice, means that staff are able to consider how they care and support children so they can grow, develop and learn through play.
Early Years providers work through three progressive steps to evidence and develop their practice and support OfSTED requirements. By reaching a step on the scheme, an early years provider is able to show parents that they are committed to providing quality education and care.
ITERS-R and ECERS-R
We also offer other tools to support the quality development of providers. ITERS-R is the Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale focusing on the age range birth to 2.5 years of age. ECERS-R is the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale focusing on the age range 2.5 to 5 years.
Both of these scales contain in-depth descriptors which can be used to assess the quality of the environment. In practical terms the process involves observation-based audits on aspects such as space and furnishings, personal care routines and activities which provide measurable ‘profiles’. A development plan is then drawn up and implemented over a period of a year and progress is tracked.
SSTEW is a programme of ‘Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Well Being’ which is a self-reflective tool is used to help providers develop staff practice.