A local playgroup was honoured at a celebratory 50th birthday party which recently took place in the Ramada Hotel in Belfast for Early Years – the organisation for young children.
Legacurry Pre-school Playgroup was among those who received their accreditation at the half centenary celebration.
Mrs Margaret McGuigan, a member of the initial assessment team when the quality assurance programmes began 25 years ago, presented 17 Pre-School Playgroups, four Day Nurseries and One After-School each with a plaque commemorating their achievement.
Early Years believes that quality assurance schemes provide a route for Leaders and Managers to raise standards through a process of self-evaluation or self-assessment.
This involves a cycle of continuous improvement in which the provision is audited against a set of criteria or standards. Strengths and areas for improvement are identified, an action plan is developed and implemented, and progress is reviewed.
Early Years congratulates all services for providing this high quality standard.