Where did quality assurance make no difference?
However, for some providers belonging to a quality assurance scheme made little difference. These providers told us they achieved high quality through being:
- highly motivated and committed to the children
- involved in a continuous programme of training and staff development
- well organised in planning the day to meet the needs of every child attending.
Providers said: ‘It didn’t make a lot of difference, we work to high standards anyway. The Investors in Children Award is another feather in our cap but it hasn’t made any difference to our popularity – we already have a two-year waiting list.’ (nursery provider)
‘The Award hasn’t helped us with parents either – though the Ofsted outstanding award definitely did make a difference with parents.’ (nursery provider)