Childcare Quality Improvement & Self Evaluation

In early years, Quality Counts.

Reflect, review and improve your practice to the highest quality standards with Quality Counts. 

NDNA's Quality Counts award scheme gives you a framework and the skills to embed quality and self evaluation throughout your early years setting.

Raise outcomes for your nursery children and be well-prepared for your next inspection by following the Quality Counts pathways.  

Journey to Excellence Toolbox

160 page manual, two quality online courses and 26 self-assessment templates.

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Certification Mark

Full accreditation with access to: a mentor, online audit, training and assessment.

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Benefits of achieving Quality Counts accreditation:

  • Demonstrate better outcomes for children at inspection
  • Show parents and professionals your commitment to developing high quality practice for all children
  • Stand out from the competition by promoting your quality award to new parents
  • Attract and retain high quality staff 
  • Improve teamwork, morale and communication. 


Read how Teepee Day Nursery in Bracknell celebrated achieving the full certification mark 

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NDNA’s new Quality Counts system is very good. The audits, details and exemplifications were clear to use when making judgements and evaluating our practice.

- Hilary Sharples at Ashbridge School

Related quality improvement training:

Developing Outstanding Practice - Discover a range of strategies to develop and enhance your practice.

Book an inset day course here 
or find a course near you here or view the online course here

Quality Teaching In Early Years -
Enable early years practitioners to raise the quality of their teaching and support children to make the best possible progress across the EYFS.

Book an inset day course here or find a course near you here or view the online course here

Contact the Quality Counts team by emailing

Start your journey here