QUALITY IMPROVEMENT in DEVON
Presentation for Settings in Receipt of the Early Years
Entitlement Funding
AUTUMN TERM 2011
Our Children Deserve the Best
‘The free entitlement should be at the forefront of the
drive towards high quality and excellence. This
means local authorities being clear and consistent in
their expectations of continuous quality improvement,
concentrating free entitlement funding wherever
possible on the highest quality providers and
prioritising support to others.’
(Code of Practice for Local Authorities on the Delivery of Free
Early Years Provision for 3 and 4 Year Olds – September
2010)
The Local Authority must:
1. Assess the quality of settings’ provision
2. Prioritise funding to settings categorised as good or
above, funding those below that category as needed to
secure sufficiency, flexibility & accessibility
3. Prioritise quality improvement support to settings rated
below good
4. Set out in Provider Agreements the quality conditions on
which inclusion in the delivery of the free entitlement are
based.
5. Consider withdrawal of funding from providers who are
not demonstrating the agreed commitment to quality
improvement in order to continue to deliver the free
entitlement.
How DCC will Assess Quality
During the Autumn term 2011 the Locality Teams will
be trialling the new Quality Improvement process. A
scoring system will be used to make the
assessments on evidence that is collected.
Meetings to assess the quality of a setting will be
attended by the Early Years & Childcare Advisers
and Early Years Consultants.
Within the year, all settings that are in receipt of the
Early Years Entitlement Funding will have been
quality assessed.
What evidence will be used?
• OFSTED/ ISIS (Independent schools inspectorate)
• ECERS-R/SACERS/FCCERS
• Annual Review Visit
• Qualifications of Staff
Quality Monitoring Scoreboard
OFSTED/ISIS outcome
Inadequate
Satisfactory
Good
Outstanding
4
3
2
1
ECERS-R/SACERS/
FCCERS overall score
Scores between 1-2
Scores between 3-4
Scores between 5-7
3
2
1
Annual Review Visit:
Effectiveness of the setting
to support children’s
learning
No evidence 3
Some evidence 2
Clear evidence 1
3
2
1
Qualifications of staff
Inadequately qualified
Minimum qualifications
Beyond minimum qualifications
3
2
1
What the scores mean
High Score [11-13] = Red
Medium Score [8-10] = Amber
Low Score [4-7] = Green
Quality Agreement
• Once the level of support has been identified you
may be asked to sign the Quality Agreement.
• The Quality Agreement details the action required,
by when and what DCC will do to support the
setting to make the improvements required.
• Those settings rated as Green may not need to
complete the Quality Agreement.
After the trial…
We may add some/all of the following evidence:
Leadership and Management
Capacity to Improve
Self Sustainability
Safeguarding & Welfare
Engagement with the Local Authority
Training Plan
Thank you for listening.
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