All Staff at the Pre-School are qualified to the appropriate level in Child Care and through continued professional development are also fully trained in current practice. Over the past 2 years, the Pre-School has supported two apprentices to complete their study and gain a Level 3 in Early Education. Many of the Practitioners hold other qualifications and wherever possible training is cascaded down to all practitioners, thereby enhancing everyone’s knowledge and understanding.

  • Bristol Standard for Health 

The whole team took part in the Bristol Standard for Health pilot scheme in 2017, focusing on two dimensions: Injury Prevention & Emotional Health and Wellbeing. We were invited to City Hall to receive our award on behalf of the Mayor of Bristol. 

  • Bristol Quality Improvement Framework

Ashton Vale Pre-School was awarded ‘outstanding’ in the Bristol Quality Improvement Framework, following an assessment by Nicky Bale, a Bristol City Council Early Years Consultant. We are very proud of this award.

  • Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard is a self-evaluation framework to help individual settings to improve on their previous best. It involves working together on developments to improve outcomes for all children and families and takes 2 years to fully complete. Year 1 comments on 5 Dimensions and Year 2 comments on the remaining 5 Dimensions. In using the Bristol Standard, practitioners become part of a process that protects and celebrates the wonder of childhood through well-informed and reflective practice. 

  • Autism Champion

Hayley Branson, SENCo has undertaken professional development through the Autism Champion programme as part of the Autism Education Trust and gained her certificate in October 2023.