Services for Young Children

Quality Assurance Schemes

Quality assurance (QA) is the term used for a specific type of recognised quality scheme in which settings may choose or be requested to participate.

It provides recognition that an individual setting 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.

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

  • how each scheme will promote continual development for children and practitioners in the setting
  • 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.

Website links for possible starting points: