A new edition of the Bristol Standard has been launched this week by Bristol Early Years to help professionals improve the quality of their provision for young children and families.
The sixth edition of the Bristol Standard is part of the council’s ongoing work to enable practitioners who work with children from birth to five years of age to improve best practice through continual self-evaluation and reflective practice.
It is intended to be available as a resource to help early years’ teachers, childminders and practitioners to share experiences and reflect on their work with young children and their families. It aims to enable them to speak with knowledge about their work, why it’s important and the impact it can have on children and families, as well as set future actions for improvement.
The Bristol Standard has been recognised nationally as an outstanding self-evaluation framework and was developed through work with childminders, nurseries, schools and children centres in order to be fully representative of the field. It is used in six other local authorities and there is a separate framework for the Playwork sector.
Cllr Anna Keen, Cabinet Member for Education and Skills, said:
“As a Learning City we want to work with organisations across the city to make sure that we can share best practice to improve opportunities for all children. I hope that practitioners will see this as a resource that they can use in order to offer the best possible experiences to our young children.”
Helen Moylett, independent early years’ consultant and writer, was a keynote speaker at the event and spoke in support of the Bristol Standard.