Kent Quality Mark

About the Programme:

Kent Quality Mark (KQM) is a quality assurance scheme that enables practitioners to evaluate and reflect on their own practice to bring about quality improvement in their own setting and thus improve the life chances of Kent's youngest children.

Accreditation is awarded for a three-year-period, in order to remain accredited an annual monitoring visit must be undertaken to ensure that quality improvement is maintained. At the end of the three-year accreditation period, settings will be invited to re-accredit.

  • Information briefing held in June for settings interested in joining the scheme
  • Participants are required to complete a self-assessment entry criteria document
  • Setting undertake an action research project
  • Attend 2 x half day workshops (September & February)
  • Attend 2 x full day well-being & involvement training days
  • Each setting will receive 3 x monitoring visits (December, March & May)


There is a high correlation between settings taking part in the scheme and an improvement in Ofsted grading. More importantly, the contribution of high quality early years experiences is critical to ensure the best outcomes for children as they reach the end of the reception year in school and develop their readiness as lifelong learners.

Target Audience:

Open to private, voluntary and independent settings registered on the Ofsted Early Years register with a 'good' or 'outstanding' Ofsted grading.


From September to July - one academic year

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