Description:

This indicator measures the percentage of settings providing funded Early Learning Childcare (ELC) achieving good or better across all four quality themes.

Source of Data:

The data for this indicator is sources from the Care Inspectorate and the Early Learning and Childcare statistics publication.

During inspections, the Care Inspectorate assess four quality themes, which cover the main areas of a service’s work. How well the service performs in these areas will indicate how good the service is.

The themes are:

• Quality of care and support: how well the service meets the needs of each person who uses it

• Quality of environment: where the service is delivered, for example, how clean, well maintained

and accessible it is, the atmosphere of the service, how welcoming it is

• Quality of staffing: the quality of the staff, including their qualifications and training

• Quality of management and leadership: how the service is managed and led and how it develops to meet the needs of the people who use it.

Each theme is evaluated using a six-point scale.

6 – Excellent

5 – Very good

4 – Good

3 – Adequate

2 – Weak

1 – Unsatisfactory

The percentage of ELC settings achieving a score of good or better for each of the four themes will be used to measure the quality of children’s services.

Definitions:

Settings include nurseries, playgroups, creches, children and family centres, out of school clubs and other providers of ELC.

Criteria for Change:

  • Increase of 0.5 percentage points or more in the percentage of funded ELC settings achieve good or better across all four quality themes results in performance improving.
  • Change of less than 0.5 percentage points in the percentage of funded ELC settings achieve good or better across all four quality themes results in performance maintaining.
  • Decrease of 0.5 percentage points or more in the percentage of funded ELC settings achieve good or better across all four quality themes results in performance worsening.

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