Quality accreditation scheme e-Quality Counts (e-QC) from the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is designed to help nurseries explore all aspects of its care and education to ensure delivery of the best possible service for young children. Well just this past year, the NDNA awarded our nursery a Level 1 – above national standards! Working towards the e-QC is not statutory but we paid to undergo this thorough inspection because improving the quality of our nursery provision is at the centre of our ethos of continuous improvement in all aspects of our business.
Our e-Quality Counts accreditation lasts for three years before re-assessment. During this time we are dedicated to ensure we continually explore and develop our recognised nursery provision.
What was involved?
We spent the best part of 2015 uploading evidence to achieve this accreditation which acts as an indicator of the quality of service our Third Door nursery provides. The e-Quality Counts is based on portfolio building, mentoring, online presentations, training, self-assessment and other independent monitoring which took up to two years to complete and required the entire involvement and participation of our nursery staff. In comparison to our Ofsted inspection, this process required more time and evidence to satisfy each standard.
Fostering a culture of continuous improvement and a commitment to team building.
We supplied hundreds of pieces of evidence across the 14 assessment areas and even though we have been accredited as an official Level 1 e-Quality Counts nursery (above ‘Outstanding’ for Ofsted) our hard work of continuously developing our quality care and education will be ongoing. Achieving this award is very special, and we are delighted our efforts have paid off.
Purnima Tanuku, Chief Executive of the NDNA says: “Achieving an e-Quality Counts accreditation involves a great deal of hard work and development, and illustrates an absolute commitment to children. The nursery should be very proud of this achievement demonstrating that children are at the heart of what they do.” The NDNA is a national charity representing children’s day nurseries across the UK, giving them information, training and support, so they can provide the best possible care to young children. It is the voice of the sector and an integral part of the lives of nearly one million children and their families. Visit www.ndna.org.uk.