Supporting Quality Improvement

Supporting Quality Improvement

Early Years Service offers a range of flexible, quality assured support, advice and guidance to early years and childcare providers.

The Quality Assurance Team works with member and non-member settings to support quality improvement and continued development of good practice.
Member settings will have the extended offer advice, guidance and visits.

The Adviser team facilitates Foundation Years Forums, which are termly and in different locations in the county. They give a taster of a current topic around practice and pedagogy and give an opportunity to meet Local Authority staff and network.

Leadership and Governance Briefings consider key aspects of leadership in-depth facilitated by the Early Years Adviser Team and current governance topics supported by specialised staff from Pre-school Learning Alliance.

An important part of quality practice is accurate assessment and moderation of children’s development. The Shared Assessment Moderation (SAM) Programme annual and expects ongoing engagement from early years practitioners. This programme is facilitated alongside the statutory moderation of the Early Years Foundations Stage Profile assessment carried out at the end of the Reception year in schools.
SAM will give practitioners opportunities discuss aging and staging of children’s development and moderate their judgement with early years staff in different settings. We strongly recommend engagement with this annual programme.

Early year settings work closely with Health in early identification of needs in children at 2 years of age. Cambridgeshire’s approach to the Integrated Review at 2 is well embedded and you will find useful information, including documents from our roadshows.

An important part of quality improvement is continuous professional development and the Early Years and Childcare Training and Support Programme is covering a wide range of qualifications delivery, training courses at different levels and conferences.


Quality Assurance Team


Tel: 01223 699732