The Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard

The Bristol Standard is a self evaluation framework that enables Happy Days to continually reflect on its practice to improve the quality and effectiveness of its provision for all children and families. It is an annual cycle of reflection, which is ongoing, using a whole team approach.

A portfolio is submitted annually and is validated by a team of experienced local authority assessors.

The Bristol Standard has been designed to support the process of continuous quality improvement which is a journey, not a destination. It is organised into ten dimensions, so that settings can evaluate one area at a time in a manageable way that promotes ownership.

Involvement in the Bristol Standard demonstrates that you are a reflective, self-evaluating setting, committed to improving on your previous best.

The philosophy of the Bristol Standard is that we can all
improve on our previous best’

The purpose of the Bristol Standard is to:

  • Achieve high quality provision for all children in a culture of inclusion and anti-discriminatory practice.
  • Work together collaboratively and have a voice and learn from each other.
  • Celebrate current good practice and develop the quality and effectiveness of provision through a continuous process of reflection.
  • Enable settings to develop and improve the quality and effectiveness of their practice.
  • Support the development of genuine partnerships with children’s families or carers, other professionals and the local and wider community.
  • Promote leadership which is motivational and inclusive that demonstrates a commitment to sustain continuous improvement and contribute to professional development.
  • Enable change through clear leadership and a shared vision which values individual strength.

The Bristol Standard has been recognised nationally as an example of excellence and has been awarded to Happy Days for another year.