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Quality assurance

In our Home Nursery service, we have a rigorous quality assurance process to ensure that only the best candidates make it through our training program and can continue working as Early Educators with Koru Kids.

Initial Inspection

  • Before qualifying as an Early Educator with Koru Kids, an applicant receives an in-person visit to their home from one of our experienced quality assessors, many of whom are former Ofsted inspectors.

  • At the initial inspection, our quality assessors will be reviewing the Early Educator’s home to make sure it is safe for children, and to make sure it can be the wonderful learning environment we know is so important to help children flourish.

  • Quality assessors will also be examining candidates on their safeguarding and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) knowledge to determine whether they will be able to deliver an excellent standard of care for the children they look after.

  • A candidate will only pass this inspection if the assessor is confident that they can deliver a top-quality standard of care for the families that we work with.

Ongoing Inspections

  • We inspect our Early Educators annually—much more frequently than childminders who are registered with Ofsted, who can go several years without being inspected.

  • Our quality assessors will visit the Early Educator’s home, confirm that it is still a safe, positive learning environment, and also check that the Early Educator’s understanding of the EYFS is up to date and accurate.

  • The quality assessor will observe the Early Educator’s interactions with the children they care for, and may also ask parents for their feedback. Any complaints or issues that have arisen will also be reviewed.

  • The outcome of the inspection will be a quality grade of either Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate. If the Early Educator scores one of the two lower grades, they will be required to undertake additional training by Koru Kids. They will also have additional unannounced inspections sooner than 1 year to make sure that they are making progress towards improving the quality of care and teaching that they offer.

  • A detailed report will also be published which will be made available to parents at that home nursery.

We will not hesitate to take swift and decisive action if we feel an Early Educator is not up to scratch—our utmost priority is the welfare of the children in our care.

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