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Early Years Best Start Quality Improvement Team

In Sheffield we have 3 Early Years Best Start Teams. These consist of a number of workers offering support, guidance and advice to children, families and childcare providers in line with city’s Best Start Strategy.

The Best Start Teams are made up of:

  • Early Years Quality Improvement Officers
  • Community Early Years Practitioners
  • Early Years Intervention Workers
  • Early Years Prevention Workers
  • Infant Feeding Peer Support Workers
  • Children Centre Coordinators

The Early Years Quality Improvement Team will provide a support & challenge role to assist in driving forward and securing the delivery of high quality and inclusive childcare to all children

The EYQI Programme will be tailored to meet the provider’s individual needs and will reflect the latest Ofsted inspections recommendations or current Self Evaluation Form (SEF) priorities.  In addition, all Early Years Providers can access Workshops, Drop ins and request Quality Improvement audits.  You can also access a range of information here on the Sheffield Directory.

The EYQI Team prioritises work with providers that have an inadequate or Requires Improvement Judgement or are newly registered.

You can contact your EY Quality Improvement Officer for support/advice, this can be offered via a telephone call, email or a visit depending on the nature of the query.

Termly workshops facilitated on a variety of subjects, the subjects/dates and venues are circulated by email facilitated by the Sheffield Directory, to ensure you receive up to date information please keep your email contact details up to date on the Sheffield Directory.

Topics covered in the past 12 months were developed in response to trends which emerged from Ofsted inspections, topics identified were:

  • Prevent duty
  • Bespoke Support Packages dependent on journey & needs
  • Support, Advice & Challenge to EY Providers and across the PVI Sector
  • EYFS Overview
  • Understanding 2 year olds
  • Enabling Environments
  • Leadership and Management
  • Self-Evaluation
  • Introduction to the Common Assessment Framework
  • Domestic Abuse and the MARAC process
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