How does external assessment and accreditation work?

You will need to complete a pre-assessment checklist to make sure you are ready for assessment – we do not want to waste your or our money and time! A trained and experienced Quality in Play assessor will then arrange a visit to go through the portfolio, talk to staff and management and observe practice when children are on site.

The assessor will write a report to Play England with a recommendation on whether to accredit and/or further action needed. The report will be copied to you with a time frame for any further actions and your response.

When Play England makes the Quality in Play award, you will receive a Quality in Play certificate which you can display in your provision and use on your website, social media or other information or promotional material for three years.

To support people who are working through Quality in Play, we have set up a Quality in Play Facebook group, a closed group where you can ask questions, share good practice and work towards accreditation. 

If you would like to talk to someone about organising an assessment please e-mail QiP@playengland.net.

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