In total there are 29 elements within eleven
sections of the toolkit. These sections (which are all colour coded for ease of use and
reference) include Multi Agency Working, Pedagogy and Governance, as well as
Management & Leadership, Marketing and the Early Years Curriculum. Each section covers the key areas that will
support a centre in planning its journey to outstanding
in all areas of children’s centre activity. It will
also help your centre to meet the needs of
your partners and users by helping you to fully develop your services based on
the requirements of your local community.
Now being used in well over 30 local authority areas,
this framework was developed by practitioners
within the London Borough of Harrow and is used as a practical self evaluation
tool to help support the development of quality practice in all areas of the
children’s centre core offer and beyond.
The framework also enables centres to audit their
provision and develop action plans for continuous improvement through three
stages of development for each of the elements within the framework and it can
also act as an assessment and evidence tool in preparation for any form of audit
(such as Ofsted). The toolkit can be used by all children’s centres whether they be school
based, stand alone centres or run by partner agencies and we also have access to
a network of consultant mentors who can offer help and advice as you embark on
your use of the framework.
The framework comes inside its own specially
produced purple ring binder so that it is easily recognisable and as all of the
development work has been done, in terms of production and design, it offers you
the chance to save on the initial costs associated with a project of this size.