Tops Day Nurseries provide recognition that their settings and teams maintain and improve provision in order to offer the highest quality learning and development experiences for all children and their families. Children who experience high quality provision are well placed to achieve higher outcomes at school and develop better social, emotional and cognitive abilities necessary for life-long learning.
The Tops Day Nurseries Quality Assurance scheme was launched in January 2017 and provides a route for Leaders and Managers to raise standards through a process of self-evaluation and self-assessment. This involves practitioners in a cycle of continuous improvement in which the provision is audited against a set of standards.
Director of Early Years Audit and Training, Amy Alderson audits each of our settings on an annual basis to ensure that each setting is compliant with current legislation and best practice. Alongside these audits a Quality accreditation document is also completed for those settings achieving either a Good or Outstanding internal audit rating.
Tops Copnor’s report highlighted impressive key points, including:
- The manager has confidently led her staff team to make a significant improvement in the quality of the nursery.
- Children are happy and settled
- All actions raised at the previous internal audit have been securely addressed.
- The manager understands how staff learn best and uses this information to tailor meetings and support to be most effective.
- Children enjoy a wide range of free choice and adult led activities to support their learning
- Children are independent and cooperative as they play with their friends.
- Staff calmly and swiftly support those children who are still learning to manage their feelings so that the overall atmosphere for children in the nursery is an inviting and purposeful learning environment.
Quality improvement is a continuous cycle based on planning; implementing; reviewing and analysing. It is a never ending journey involving children, parents and professionals.