Our Commitment to Quality
“A quality assurance programme is essential to the success of any business. To make a difference, good quality practice must be adopted by senior management and instilled within an organisation’s culture. Quality is not just about implementing a system or working towards a set standard. It is an attitude, a way of working, which not only improves service but also enhances the way people work and live”. (Institute of Total Quality Management)
Since 2004 when the nursery first opened, we have had a tangible commitment to quality. We followed quality programmes developed especially for early years, which examine and help to continuously improve the way we do things. Setting targets, measuring service and rewarding staff performance is at the heart of everything we do. If we can retain motivated and skilled staff, this will have positive benefits for your children.
The nursery is currently enrolled in four quality programmes:
- The Curiosity Approach (Staff, Leadership, Operations, Curriculum)
- Scores on the Doors (Food Hygiene)
- Healthy Eating (Brighton and Hove Initiative)
- OFSTED SEF – Self-evaluation leading to inspection every 2-3 years.
The Curiosity Approach – Our Commitment to Quality
The Curiosity Approach is a modern day approach to early childhood, taking parts from Reggio, Steiner, Te Whāriki with a sprinkle of Montessori.
It has been designed to enable nurseries to review and reflect on their provisions, environments and opportunities for children whilst supporting all practitioners to work towards improving quality teaching environments and inquisitive moments for children.
Reflective practice is at the heart of everything we do and refers to the on-going observation and consideration of the environment, interactions, experiences and processes of the provision. This practice supports professional learning for our staffing team and promotes continuous improvement for our nursery.
The Curiosity programme is divided up into modules which set out to examine and improve every aspect of the nursery operation. The modules are as follows:
- Aims, Values and Principles
- Learning and Teaching Strategies
- Observation, Assessment and Planning
- Parental / Carer / Guardian Partnership
- The Physical Environment
- Relationships and Interactions
- Staffing and Reflective Practice
- The Outdoor Space
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