We have just published our new quality framework for daycare of children, childminding and school aged childcare.   

The primary purpose of the framework is for early learning and childcare (ELC) services to evaluate their own performance.  It will also be used by our inspectors to provide independent assurance about the quality of children’s experiences and outcomes.  By setting out what we expect to see in high-quality care and learning, it can help support improvement too.

We consulted widely during the development of the framework with the ELC sector and people who use services and had planned to launch the framework in spring 2020.  This was delayed due to the pandemic, however during this time we developed Key Question 5, ‘How good is our care and support during the Covid-19 pandemic?’, which mirrors how this framework is laid out and therefore the sector should be familiar with this approach.  Key Question 5 has been included in this framework.

We will not be using this framework for our inspections at this time but are issuing it to enable you to become familiar with the contents and begin to use it for self-evaluation of your setting if you wish.  

We plan to test the framework in some services between June and September.  

We will also provide an opportunity over the summer for stakeholders to comment on the content of framework.   Once we have completed the testing and consultation, we will update the framework, taking into account any feedback we have received. 

We will notify the sector before we implement the framework into our full inspection programme, and you can keep up to date with the progress of the testing through our regular provider updates.

You can download the framework here.