Our Awards and Achievements

LCC Step into Quality Award

‘Step into Quality’ involves whole team reflection on provision and practice. It has been proven that through this systematic approach of self evaluation, the principles of the EYFS have become embedded in practice, improving outcomes for children.

The programme considers conditions for learning through a number of ‘steps’. These include:

  • Indoor and outdoor learning environments
  • Routines
  • Interactions
  • The keyperson approach
  • Partnership with parents
  • Leadership and management
  • Learning and development
  • Transitions

Lancashire Quality Award - Maths in Early Years

This award considers the key skills required for learning and developing within all aspects of mathematics.

Consideration is given to a set of module standards and how to further improve and develop practice in these areas:

  1. Indoor Environment – The environment is mathematically rich and supports children’s emergent mathematical exploration.
  2. Outdoor Environment – The outdoor environment offers a wide range of mathematical experiences and opportunities.
  3. Routines – Practitioners understand, value and utilise the mathematical learning opportunities available during every day routines.
  4. Interactions – Practitioners support children to have enquiring minds and solve problems for themselves. They model mathematical language and use spontaneous opportunities to promote children’s mathematical thinking.
  5. Learning and Development – There are effective systems of observation, assessment and planning that meet the mathematical needs and interests of all children. Planning reflects appropriate breadth and balance in the teaching of maths. Data is analysed regularly and effectively used to inform provision.
  6. Parents – An effective partnership with parents supports families to understand and value their children’s mathematical thinking at home and in the setting.
  7. Leadership and Management – There is a strong commitment to mathematical professional development and keeping informed of new initiatives both within the setting and nationally. 

LCC Step with Boys

This programme explores the differences between boys and girls, including brain research, physical development and learning styles, in order to understand the specific needs of our ‘ boys’, who are often at risk of underachieving.

A wide range of strategies were explored in order to engage and interest boys so that we can meet their unique needs. Throughout this self-evaluative process you will take into account:

  • An equitable offer to both genders regarding their learning
  • Staff’s underpinning knowledge about how boys learn
  • Teaching and learning that supports boys in meeting their potential
  • Inspiring environments where resources, opportunities and experiences fascinate boys


5 * Food Hygiene

The Food Hygiene rating is an outcome of the inspection of the following three elements: 

  • how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored
  • the physical condition of the business –including cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation, pest control and other facilities
  • how the business manages ways of keeping food safe, looking at processes, training and systems to ensure good hygiene is maintained. The officer can then assess the level of confidence in standards being maintained in the future

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