Since news of Allsorts’ amazing achievement of the PLA Stage 3
accreditation appeared in the last edition of The Villager, we’ve been
asked to share just what it means to the pre-school and our tiny tots.
So here is “Everything you ever wanted to know about PLA Stage 3
accreditation but were afraid to ask…”!
What’s the PLA? The Pre-School Learning Alliance
(PLA) is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality, affordable
childcare and education in England. It offers professional and
practical support to 16,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent
and toddler groups, covering over 800,000 young children and their
families every year. For more information, visit their website:
What’s a Stage 3 accreditation? To ensure the
highest possible standards of education and care for children, the PLA
operates an independent, quality assurance scheme, with three levels of
accreditation, Stage 3 being the highest. Before a setting can be
awarded any level, the scheme rigorously examines circa 300 aspects of
quality, including curriculum planning, early learning goals, quality of
teaching and parental involvement. Additionally, the scheme has
Investors in Children status.
What’s in it for Allsorts? We have come a very
long way since our early days as a playgroup, thanks to the combined
effort from staff, committee and parents. This award is independent
recognition of that transformation and of the highest standards of
education and care, we provide for our little ones.
What’s in it for the parents and children?
Parents can be assured we provide a safe, secure and stimulating
environment for their tots, with good quality, educational opportunities
and that our staff are well-skilled, trained and committed.
Additionally, the scheme is the first to acknowledge the significance of
involving parents, so they can feel actively encouraged to participate.
What’s in it for the village?
Brightwell-cum-Sotwell can boast that it is home to one of only 50
settings, out of the many thousands throughout the UK, to have this
prestigious, national stamp of approval. Such recognition confirms the
value of what we do at Allsorts and, therefore, enhances our prospects
for a sustained presence within the village and wider community.
Thank you to everyone who makes our local, village pre-school such a success story.