Continuous quality improvement should be part of daily practice for providers.

The 2021 Education Inspection Framework highlights the importance of reflective practice. Environmental audits are one of the tools to support providers’ self-assessment used in conjunction with the LA Quality Improvement processes and support.

The Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) could assist with this.

The Environment Rating Scales are one of a number of quality improvement tools acknowledged in the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) document for use alongside LA processes and settings reflective practice processes. The scales consist of the; 'Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales' (ECERS); 'Infant/Toddler Environmental Rating Scales' (ITERS); 'School Age Care Environmental Rating Scale' (SACERS); and 'Family Child Care Environmental Rating Scale' (FCCERS).

Research evidence demonstrates that higher quality childcare provision results in better outcomes for children. The Provider Support Framework (PSF) for providers, supported by the Early Years Team utilises ECERS, ITERS, SACERS and FCCERS, to raise the quality of childcare provision in the City to result in better outcomes for children.

The Early Years Team can support providers with an ECERS and/or ITERS audit please email eytraining@nottinghamcity.gov.uk to receive an application form and quote.