Quest is an evaluation framework design for all early years providers, it offers a framework and an approach to help settings maintain and continually improve their high quality provision.

“Managers, leaders of settings should have an accurate view of the quality of their provision and know what to improve” (Early Years Inspection Handbook: 2021)

Quest offers a reflective structure, identifying what the childcare provider does well, what needs to be done and plan how to get there.

Quest is divided into 5 sections:

  1. Leadership and Management
  2. Inclusion
  3. Learning and Development
  4. Working in Partnership
  5. Transitions

Each section contains ten key questions to support the childcare provider to reflect at a deeper level about current practices.  The sections can be completed in any order.

The Quest documentation includes:

  • Development plan template
  • Monitoring/review template
  • A chart which links Quest to the Early Years Inspection Handbook

The Early Years Team offer a variety of support packages, detailed below:


Workshops are available throughout the year to support Quest, these are:

  • Leadership and Management
  • Learning and Development/Transitions
  • Inclusion and Working in Partnerships

These are advertised through Support Services for Education

If you would like more information please email the Early Years Team

Last reviewed:June 22, 2022 byPaul

Next review due:December 22, 2022

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