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Quality improvement toolkit for childminders and nannies

What is quality improvement?

Quality improvement is a type of self evaluation. It helps you look at what you do, identify areas that need to be improved and work out how to make those improvements.

Why should I apply for a toolkit?

The Ofsted Annual report 2009-2010 said, 'Honest and searching self evaluation is critical if providers are to identify areas for improvement accurately and understand precisely whether their actions to improve are effective.'

This toolkit has been designed by the Home-based Childcare Team from Surrey Early Years and Childcare Service specifically for registered childminders and home childcarers (nannies) in Surrey. It doesn't matter where you are starting from, everybody can improve and deliver better outcomes for children, young people and their families.

Mia, a registered childminder who has just started using the toolkit, told us, "I have found the Quality Improvement Toolkit really helpful. It has reassured me of all the things I am doing well and been helpful in pointing out simple and practical ways I can refine and improve my practice. It feels like I am giving my practice a thorough spring clean!"

What is in the toolkit?

The toolkit contains twelve discussion cards with open-ended questions and suggestions of good practice. These cards help you reflect on all aspects of how you deliver the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and will help you focus on areas that need developing. Download an example of a discussion card (DOC).

How long will it take me to complete?

It should take you around 12 months to complete the toolkit and submit a quality improvement plan and training development record to the Childminding Team. We will look at your plan and send you a summary report and a certificate that is valid for three years. You could then apply to do the Surrey County Council Early Years Quality Improvement Award.

Who can apply for a toolkit?

Any registered childminder or home childcarer in Surrey can apply to complete the toolkit. It is free and you can get support from your home-based childcare advisor by telephone, email and face to face at your local Sure Start Children's Centre play and learn sessions.

How do I apply?

Fill in an online application form. You cannot apply over the phone but for more information call 01372 833833 and ask to talk to the Home-based Childcare Team.

Files available to download