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THE BRISTOL STANDARD

 

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…

What one setting thinks about the Bristol Standard 6th edition:

The new edition is great. It’s lovely to read so many inspiring quotes alongside the detailed explanations of each dimension.
The paperwork has been really simple. It was our first online submission which appeared daunting but was actually very straightforward.
Our mentor provided great support. Everything was clearly explained and she is always reassuring during communication.
The Bristol Standard continues to form a large part of our staff reflection process. It informs the Practice Development Plan for the whole setting as well as individual room action plans. This holistic way of reflecting adds rigour to our way of working and provides joined up evidence of our strengths and areas for development.
The ongoing and thorough reflection has ensured that the children remain exactly where they should be, at the centre of every decision that we make both daily and on a long term basis.
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Amazing Communicators

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 Communicators supplement (see below). 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.

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 people say about The Bristol Standard

The 6th edition is easy to navigate. The summary and reflective questions give excellent guidance.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

I cannot express how this journey has been and will continue to be the heart of our self-evaluation within our setting. It’s truly fantastic.

What 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 people say about The Bristol Standard

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

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“We are now much more aware of the importance and benefit of physical activity to improve long term health, cognitive functioning and school readiness.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“Starting the Bristol Standard had a positive impact on my self-esteem.  I started to feel happier. I started to value myself. I was proud of what I was doing because I was actually doing well, better than I thought at least.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

I have seen our practitioners grow in confidence and flourish before my eyes. It has been a truly inspirational process.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

The biggest benefit to children is that they are closer to the centre of our thinking and decision making than they were. Children’s ideas are far more prominent in our plans.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

We have been involved in this process for longer than the 12 years I have been at the school, and it has opened up a dialogue for us as a team – one which spills into our lunchtimes and conversations in the evenings, because we are so engaged and interested in the learning that takes place in our setting.

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“It made us realise there are a lot of things we do well.  Everything we do, we do with the children’s best interests in mind.”

What people say about The Bristol Standard

“We have been able to allocate time to reflect on our practice, think critically and celebrate successes as a team.”

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Amazing Communicators
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