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Early Years Quality Improvement Support Programme (EYQISP)

Guidance Tools and Materials to support local authority Early Years Consultants and leaders of early years settings in quality improvement

The Childcare Act 2006 places a duty on local authorities and their partners to improve outcomes for all young children and reduce inequalities between them. Fulfilling this duty requires a broad and inclusive strategy, part of which should focus on the provision of high quality early learning and care. Children who experience high quality early years provision are well placed to achieve better outcomes in school and beyond, and develop better social, emotional and cognitive abilities necessary for life-long learning. Poor quality provision, however, adds no value in the long term.

The purpose of the guidance materials in this booklet is to provide local authority Early Years Consultants (EYCs) and leaders of early years settings1 with tools to support continuous quality improvement in line with the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Framework and Every Child Matters. They also draw on the Quality Improvement Programme outlined by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, Ofsted self evaluation form (SEF) and the National Quality Improvement Network’s principles.