Reflecting on Quality, the Pre-School Learning Alliance’s accreditation scheme, supports nurseries and pre‑schools to aim for the highest possible standards of education and care for children. By achieving Reflecting on Quality, settings can demonstrate to parents, professionals and the wider community that the service offered is of a consistently high standard.

Stepping Stones Pre-School was very proud to have achieved this award in January 2014.

Reflecting on Quality is based on the Alliance’s core principles and beliefs that:

  • parents are children’s most important teachers and practitioners work with them
  • children learn through play and by becoming involved in activities
  • learning occurs in social groups and the settings is a learning community for children and families

The scheme supports:

  • involvement of parents and children in the quality improvement process
  • practitioners’ active work‑based learning
  • communication that encourages practitioners to share new learning about effective practice

Here are some observations from the accreditation assessor on her visit to the setting:

‘Parent partnership is strong. Regular parent consultation meetings give parents a more formal chance to speak with their child’s key person, but the ‘open door’ policy is emphasised. Newsletters offer ideas of how to extend learning at home – such as ‘dough’ recipes’.

‘On arrival, children are greeted individually and made to feel welcome. Staff use their observations of children’s play to plan for next steps and often consult the children – a parent said that she felt the staff really listened to adults and children’

‘Practitioner interactions are good and children are encouraged to think for themselves’.

‘Planned activities in the ‘busy’ and ‘quiet ‘ rooms encourage children to explore, talk and learn together with effective interaction from practitioners, who show a good balance of allowing children to explore and gently leading play to encourage further learning and development through role modelling, dialogue and open statements and questions’.

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