HERTFORDSHIRE QUALITY STANDARDS
Hertfordshire Quality Standards (HQS) is a county led scheme that ensures childcare and education providers are constantly improving and developing through a process of self-evaluation. Childcare and education providers include day nurseries, child minders, pre-schools and foundation stage classes.
How does it work?
Childcare providers are asked to consider their current practices and look at ways to continue to improve and develop. This can include enabling staff to do additional training. The scheme is supported by external mentors who help the childcare provider through the HQS process. Following an external assessment, successful providers are awarded with the HQS blue balloon kitemark. This award lasts for three years and parents are encouraged to look for this quality achievement when selecting early years childcare care and education.
We achieved our first award in 2011 and were re-accredited again in 2015.