PlayBoard NI - Quality Improvement Programme
Quality Improvement Programme2020-02-04T14:58:06+00:00

PlayBoard provide tailored support programmes to School Aged Childcare providers based on their needs that builds their capacity to meet the minimum standards required for their service.

The support offered to groups frequently covers the following areas;

  • Compliance to the minimum standards, thereby helping groups address issues arising from previous Social Services Inspections, or help prepare for up and coming Inspections

  • Sharing of resources relating to both the running of the business and the provision of quality play opportunities for children

  • Relevant bespoke training in the Playwork approach; in staffing issues; or in working with parents.

PlayBoard’s programme is supported by the local Childcare Partnerships and groups are referred by Social Services, but any group can buy in our services.

Quality Improvement Programme

Here’s What Some Of The Managers Have Said About The Programme:

“It was great having another set of fresh eyes and ears looking at the paperwork”

“The programme has given help with policies and how to develop them, also more play policy help and new ideas”

“This project helps give you better knowledge of Minimum Standards”

“(QA) was brilliant to work with. We learnt so much from her! Her insight into play is second to none and she was brilliant at sharing research”

“I feel that all settings would benefit from focusing on play and the importance of it in childcare”

“Well worth every minute! Very beneficial”

“As a new setting I found it helpful in gaining experience for my role”

“Updated policies, less structured play, better planning, more records and evidence of practice”

“It can help you to understand things better, brings up important issues that you might have forgotten about or didn’t know about”

“Great method of support and guidance. They can provide additional resources and ideas”

Here’s What Some Of The Managers Have Said About The Programme:

“It was great having another set of fresh eyes and ears looking at the paperwork”

“The programme has given help with policies and how to develop them, also more play policy help and new ideas”

“This project helps give you better knowledge of Minimum Standards”

“(QA) was brilliant to work with. We learnt so much from her! Her insight into play is second to none and she was brilliant at sharing research”

“I feel that all settings would benefit from focusing on play and the importance of it in childcare”

“Well worth every minute! Very beneficial”

“As a new setting I found it helpful in gaining experience for my role”

“Updated policies, less structured play, better planning, more records and evidence of practice”

“It can help you to understand things better, brings up important issues that you might have forgotten about or didn’t know about”

“Great method of support and guidance. They can provide additional resources and ideas”

A Commitment To Quality

For children, play and childcare services provide them with space to play freely with friends, to relax and to participate in a wide range of activities if they wish to do so. Parents will benefit from School Age Childcare services that have been assessed and recognised as providing a quality provision. The peace of mind they receive from knowing their child is being cared for in a safe, stimulating and welcoming environment is immeasurable.

PlayBoard’s Pathways to Excellence resource is currently under review as we align the resource to Minimum Standards for Childminding and Daycare. Our new toolkit will set out clear and defined standards of quality for all aspects of School Age Childcare services; including legislative requirements as identified in Minimum Standards – Quality of Care; Quality of Staffing, Management & Leadership; Quality of the Physical Environment; Quality of Monitoring & Evaluation and Policies and Procedures. The resource will support practitioner self-evaluation and critical reflection.

The aim of “Pathways to Excellence” is to create and maintain an infrastructure of quality in School Age Childcare that ensures the holistic, healthy development of children, taking account of the varied, highly complex and multifaceted play needs of children.

It is anticipated the scheme will greatly assist ongoing registration and inspection processes and support best practice in play based School Age Childcare settings.

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