Holiday childcare scheme achieves Quality in Play status

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The holiday childcare scheme recently underwent an accreditation process to obtain Quality in Play status, which is awarded for demonstrating quality and value for money whilst creating and maintaining excellent staffed play environments.

Accreditation involves producing a portfolio of evidence covering 11 quality areas, ranging from the physical play environment to workforce development. Following an inspection of our February 2020 scheme, we were awarded a certificate of confirmation

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Mick Conway, Quality in Play Assessor, said: “The organisation of the portfolio was meticulous following the ‘commitment, action, review’ format for each quality area. I was particularly impressed by how children’s feedback on previous schemes is built into forward planning and procurement of equipment, materials and trips out. For example, cooking and baking sessions have been introduced following requests from the children after a couple of trial sessions which were very popular. There is a specific focus on ‘non-gendering’ play activities across the scheme and I noted that a number of boys were very proud of the cushions they had made and sewed.”

Lance Lathino, Holiday Childcare Team Manager, said: "I am pleased that the fantastic work the holiday childcare team does in responding to the views of children has been recognised through the Quality in Play accreditation process. I would like to thank all of our amazing childcare workers and office team for providing a high quality service for children in the borough.”

Visit the holiday childcare scheme webpage to learn more.

Posted on Tuesday 7th April 2020