Case study 5 The Effective Early Learning (EEL) Programme: evaluation and assessment in a private daycare setting
The case study examines the challenges and benefits of using a supported and participatory self-evaluation and improvement programme within a private daycare setting located in a large, metropolitan city in England. It demonstrates how the Effective Early Learning (EEL) Programme (Bertram and Pascal, 2006) was imple - mented as a quality improvement tool by practitioners as part of the city-wide early years quality improvement programme and the impact of this programme on the quality of children’s experiences and outcomes. The case study also shows how the data from this setting-led, self-evaluation and improvement programme has been used to inform the city’s wider strategic planning process for supporting quality improvement within its wider range of early years settings. It demonstrates that ethically robust, participatory, self-directed evaluation and improvement processes are capable of supporting significant shifts in the quality of practice offered in early childhood settings and have the capacity to evidence this across a large metropolitan authority in a way that informs strategic planning and development.