Quality Counts: New quality improvement scheme for early years launched

National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) has launched its new early years quality improvement scheme, Quality Counts.

Quality Counts LaunchThe launch took place at The Fledglings Nursery in Preston, one of the first nurseries in the country to achieve the new award.

NDNA’s Chief Executive, Purnima Tanuku OBE, was joined by Tina Jones MBE, long-term trustee of NDNA Cymru and member of NDNA’s National Policy Committee.

Purnima said: “NDNA has developed this national quality scheme to help nurseries explore all aspects of their care and education to ensure they are delivering the best possible service for their young children.

“We know from many pieces of research that a good quality early years education is the key to making a difference in a child’s life and giving them the best start they can possibly have.

“Achieving Quality Counts takes a great deal of dedication from the whole nursery team and illustrates a nursery’s absolute commitment to children. 

“The Fledglings Nursery, which is part of the Ashbridge School and Nurseries group, should be very proud of this achievement as the Quality Counts scheme demonstrates that children are at the heart of what they do.”

Quality Counts, which takes up to 12 months to complete, is based on mentoring, self-assessment and independent assessment. It requires the full involvement and participation of the whole nursery staff team, creating a culture of continuous, ongoing improvement.

Staff and managers use this time to reflect, review and improve their setting-wide practice to the highest quality standards. Once accredited, the Quality Counts mark is valid for three years and is an indicator of quality of service. 

Hilary Sharples, Director of Quality for Ashbridge School and Nursery said: “We are delighted to have been awarded Quality Counts Platinum.

“The scheme has been an excellent tool in supporting our self evaluation processes and the journey has really helped us towards recognising our Quality Vision.

“We are committed to offering the very best care and education to all our children and their families who choose our nursery. We are looking forward to celebrating our success and building on this for the future.”

Next Steps Nursery in Leicester which also piloted Quality Counts has now achieved the award too.

To learn more about how you can take part, go to a dedicated website www.qualitycounts.org.uk