Quality Assurance Schemes

Quality assurance is a specific type of recognised quality scheme in which settings may participate

Quality assurance (QA) provides recognition that an individual provider has made progress against a set of agreed standards and has achieved an accredited level or stage. Re-accreditation is achieved through a continuous cycle of self-reflection. Hampshire Services for Young Children (SfYC) does not endorse or recommend any individual Quality Assurance Scheme or accreditation schemes.

If a provider chooses to use a QA scheme, SfYC recommends investigating:

  • how each scheme will make a difference for children and practitioners in the provision
  • how it will develop, encourage and maintain high standards of learning and development for the benefit of children
  • how any scheme will create a culture of continued improvement and development through a process of accreditation, action research and certification.

Quality assurance resources