Funders and commissioners increasingly want to see that systems are in place to assure them that a quality service is delivered for children and families – and that their money will be used effectively.
For example, a recent Invitation to Tender to deliver play provision asked for ‘Proposed approach to quality assurance including: delivery of the playwork offer; proposed systems to ensure services are effectively reviewed and evaluated; reach across the local child and young person population with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged communities; effective use of data available about service users to effectively plan and deliver the offer.’
So what is quality assurance? Quite simply, it comes down to demonstrating that you ‘say what you do and do what you say’ by organising evidence of how you ‘plan, do, review.’
Quality in Play helps you to do exactly that, because it is a framework developed by playworkers for playworkers to help them survive and thrive in tough economic and regulatory environments. Tried and tested by hundreds of play and childcare providers for over 20 years the Quality in Play assurance system has stood the test of time and now incorporates a wealth of lessons learnt.
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