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The Bristol Standard is a self-evaluation framework which helps Early Years settings, Childminders and Play settings to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their provision through an annual cycle of reflection. It has been designed to support the process of continuous quality improvement which is a journey, not a destination. It is organised into ten dimensions so that settings can evaluate one area at a time in a manageable way.
Early Years and Play settings who wish to start on the Bristol Standard journey will receive an initial training session and two support visits from a mentor during the first year to help them work on the dimensions. Childminders may choose to work individually or within their networks. A folder is then submitted for validation and settings receive a certificate. Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates commitment to reflective practice, self-evaluation and continuous quality improvement.
The philosophy of the Bristol Standard is that we can all
‘improve on our previous best’
This is the paperwork you'll need to make a submission:
- How to do the Bristol Standard (pdf, 32 KB)(opens new window).
- Full Submission (msword, 81 KB)(opens new window).
- First interim submission (msword, 47 KB)(opens new window).
- Second interim submission (msword, 41 KB)(opens new window).
Seven local authorities and one Play Association have bought the Bristol Standard and are part of the group known as the Bristol Standard Family which is headed by the Bristol Standard Development Group. These authorities are committed to the process of the Bristol Standard as a quality improvement tool. lead officers meet regularly as a group to ensure consistency in training, support and validation. They are:
- Bath and North East Somerset
- Fair Play, Barnet
- South Gloucestershire
Contact details for each Local Authority can be found in the Bristol Standard Contacts under "Related Documents" on the right.
The validation days rotate around the local authorities with validators travelling to different venues over the year. The range of validators ensures a fair and transparent validation process with no-one validating a submission from their own local authority. Quality Control officers oversee the validation process to ensure there is consistency of judgements.
The Bristol Standard for Play Provision 2nd edition is aimed specifically at Play settings and those working with children over the age of five. It has been adapted from the Bristol Standard for Early Years by experienced Playworkers to create a reflective cycle which is accessible and relevant to the Play sector.
It is a document you can use to reflect on your practice and improve the quality of the play opportunities you are offering the children in your care. The Bristol Standard gives you a framework for improving on your previous best whilst acknowledging what you already do well.
There are several reasons why Play settings should consider engaging with the Bristol Standard process:
- It has been written by Playworkers who understand the needs of people in the sector.
- It supports settings to achieve the requirements set out by the Early Years Foundation Stage for Play settings.
- It supports settings to engage the whole staff team in reflective discussions.
- It celebrates success and helps to identify areas for development.
- The children can be involved in the process.
Please contact us if you would like any more information or if you have any questions regarding the Bristol Standard for Play Provision or if you are currently on the Bristol Standard journey and would like support.
Please make contact with Nicky Bale who will arrange for a Play mentor to visit you. firstname.lastname@example.org 0117 9031270
Nicky Bale, Early Years Consultant Bristol Education Centre Sheridan Road Bristol, BS7 0PU
- Email: email@example.com
- Work: 0117 903 1270