About The Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard is recognised nationally as an outstanding self-evaluation framework and the benefits and impact of its approach have been well evidenced. Through team reflection and discussion, the strengths of the setting are celebrated and future priorities become clear. The Bristol Standard enables practitioners to talk more knowledgeably about what they do, why they do it and the difference it is making for children and families in their care. Settings who engage with the process are more likely to be judged as good or better.

Framework for Play Settings

The Bristol Standard has a framework for Play settings which is supported by mentors from BAND. The framework can be used by after school clubs, breakfast clubs, holiday clubs and childminders. We often get joint submissions from settings where they have early years and play provision. A play setting that has engaged with the Bristol Standard and recently been successful at validation is KHASS.  Read more…

Celebration Stories

The Bristol Standard has released an inspirational collection of stories which are now available to view in this e-book or download the PDF here.

We have recently updated all information and forms on the Bristol City Council website.  Please visit the council website to view the most up to date information.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“Some of the dimensions really got different members of the team into challenging about what our beliefs are and what we actually do to promote these in our setting for the children.”

What other people say about The Bristol Standard

The cycle of monitoring our practice ensures that we continually reflect on our own practice and that of our FS colleagues. We have become a close working group, not only while teaching the children, but also in providing support for each other.

What other people say about The Bristol Standard

“The process made me and the staff reflective and actions identified have fed into out SEF and priorities for the setting.”

The Bristol Standard Development Group was pleased to work in collaboration with St Paul’s Children’s Centre and Teaching School to write the Amazing Communicator’s supplement (see right). This follows the courses that ran at the teaching school during 2016. The booklet can be used in conjunction with your current submission to support in-depth reflection in Dimensions 2, 3 and 5 or can be used as a separate focus in your Interim 2 year. If you would like further advice on how to use the materials please contact Nicky Bale 

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Case Studies

Lindsay Kelly Otieno

Ten years ago Lindsay began childminding, wanting a career which would she could combine with caring for her young family. Lindsay loves her job, ‘I just love having children in the house’ and has developed a passion for childminding, having cared for ‘wonderful...

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Kayley Richards

Kayley was already an experienced and well qualified early years practitioner prior to becoming a childminder. After leaving school, Kayley did a degree in Early Childhood Studies at the University of the West of England and subsequently achieved Early Years...

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Focus on a Dimension

Focus on Dimension 4 – The Physical Environment

Previously, our outdoor area was limited to a narrow veranda alongside the rooms and use of the school playground outside of the school day. This meant that children had no experience of grass or trees at nursery and the only natural resources were ones imported into...

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