Effective self-evaluation is the cornerstone of how we effect improvement in learning. There is a great deal of experience in the Early Learning and Childcare (ELCC) sector in using the Quality Indicators (QIs) in Child at the Centre to bring about those improvements. However, since its publication in 2007, there have been a number of significant developments in Scottish education. It is important therefore, that tools to support self-evaluation and self-improvement in ELCC reflect the most up-to-date thinking about how young children best develop and learn.
So, the suite of QIs for the Early Learning and Childcare sector is under review.
The new suite of indictors to be called, How Good Is Our Early Learning and Childcare? (HGIOELCC) will be published in May/June 2016; and, will mirror the framework of the recently published How Good Is Our School? (4th edition).
Over the past few months, the Children and Families team at Education Scotland has been working with stakeholders to produce a first draft of QIs.
So what happens now?
The first round of drafts includes:
1.2 Leadership of Learning
3.2 Securing Children’s Progress
The set of QIs can also be viewed inside Glow Early Learn. We are keen to hear your views via Glow using #hgioelcc.
Of course, Child at the Centre (2007), still has relevance, providing support to early learning and childcare (ELCC) settings and primary schools to look inwards, to scrutinise their work and evaluate what is working well for learners and to decide what could be better.
Make sure you don’t miss out on this opportunity to have your say about how well the new suite of QIs is shaping-up.