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 Prince Rock’s report highlighted impressive key points, including:
- Under inspirational leadership, the staff team has thrived. Staff morale has dramatically improved.
- Staff welfare and well-being is considered an area of high importance which has resulted in a happy and dedicated staff team who are willing to go the extra mile now.
- Happy children are confident and curious learners at Tops Prince Rock. They enjoy extended and uninterrupted time to learn outdoors, investigating seeds, making balancing obstacle courses and playing with sand.
- Children are highly engaged by making their own play doh which staff seamlessly extend and move on to cooking activities, responding to children’s interests and fascinations.
- Children demonstrate they feel safe and secure in the staff’s attentive care. They positively respond to instructions and requests.
- Children are caring, for each other and the nursery resources.
- Staff are positive role models for the children, communicating effectively with each other to ensure the smooth running of the nursery.
Quality improvement is a continuous cycle based on planning; implementing; reviewing and analysing. It is a never ending journey involving children, parents and professionals.