14 Hertfordshire schools and settings achieve EYQS 2020/21 awards

    Published: 02 August 2021

    Despite the challenges of the last year 14 schools and settings completed the Herts for Learning Early Years Quality Standard Award (EYQS). The EYQS offers schools and settings the opportunity to evaluate, develop and further improve their EYFS provision over the year long programme. 

    This year’s awardees were invited to an online celebratory event on Wednesday 7th July to receive their awards from Herts for Learning’s Mireille MacRaild, Education Services Director - Early Years, and Caroline Chalke,  Early Years Adviser – Safeguarding.

    Mireille MacRaild applauded the participants saying,

    “You have all demonstrated resilience, perseverance and a growth mindset, exactly the characteristics we strive to develop in the young children we care for and educate. You all demonstrate ambition to make your school or setting be the very best it can be.”

    She went on to highlight the vitally important developments the participants had undertaken in their settings, many of which fell under the recommendations made by The Royal Foundation Centre for Early Childhood earlier this year, including:

    • raising awareness of the extraordinary impact of the early years
    • building a mentally healthier and more nurturing society
    • creating communities of support
    • supporting long term and intergenerational change

    “Research has shown that children who continued to access early education and childcare throughout the repeated lockdowns continued to develop positively in their language and key thinking skills, but just under half (46%) of children aged four or five arrived for their first year in reception not ‘ready for school’. This highlights the importance of the need for practitioners to continually reflect, adapt practice and evaluate the effectiveness of what we they are providing for our youngest children.”




    The 2020/21 scheme saw 14 schools and settings achieve EYQS awards:

    Bronze Awards

    Involving self-evaluation and the completion of the EYFS audit  

    • Our Lady Catholic Primary school, Hitchin

    Silver Awards

    Including a thorough audit of the learning environment and provision using the internationally recognised Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales audit

    • Arnett Hills Primary School, Rickmansworth
    • Brookland Infant and Nursery school, Cheshunt
    • Breakespeare School, Abbotts Langley
    • Meadow Wood School, Bushey

    Gold Awards

    Including a “making a difference project” action research project.   

    • Building Blocks (Trinity) Pre-school and Nursery, Watford
    • Heath Mount School, Watton at Stone
    • Little Nightingales Children’s Day Nursery, London Colney
    • Little Robins Pre-School, St Albans
    • Peartree Primary School, Welwyn Garden City
    • St Mary’s Pre-School, Northchurch
    • St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Elstree
    • Tiny Giants Pre-School, Borehamwood
    • Toddlers-In Nursery School, St Albans

    The 2021/22 Early Years Quality Standards (EYQS) will offer schools and settings the opportunity to review their practice in line with the new 2021 Early Years Foundation Stage reforms and achieve the HfL Early Years Quality Standards award working through the various levels.

    From September 2021, the EYQS will be accessed via an online platform and will consist of both online and face-to-face training, support and face to face consultancy visits to support schools and settings as they seek to evaluate, develop and further improve their EYFS provision. 

    Sign up to the FREE online briefing, on Thursday 16th September, to find out more via the

    HfL CPD Hub: Course code: EAY/21/605/P

    For further information about all the support available from the HfL Early Years team, please contact earlyyearsteam@hertsforlearning.co.uk



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