During our journey of gaining a Preschool accreditation from QualityKG we went through a rigorous process that assessed our school on ten different standards:
- Standard 1: Interpersonal Association
- Standard 2: Instructional Methodology
- Standard 3: Curriculum
- Standard 4: Assessment of Child Learning and Development
- Standard 5: Academic Staff
- Standard 6: Participation of Families
- Standard 7: Community Involvement
- Standard 8: Health, Wellness and Safety
- Standard 9: Infrastructure and Environment
- Standard 10: Governance and Leadership
The entire process from registration to accreditation took us less than 60 days. It included registration, a School Counselor assisted us through this step, the next step was readiness diagnosis wherein we filled up a form, this was followed by an accreditation visit. QualityKG assessors team visited our preschool and evaluated us according to the QualityKG Preschool Accreditation Standards. We were provided with a trained assessor before the Accreditation Visit who helped and guided us throughout the process.
We went through a series of surveys of our teaching methodology; the comprehensive examination of our curriculum; formation of new practices and policies; training of teachers and support staff in necessary skills, in-depth analysis of everything from how we communicate as a team, to how and what the kids eat for their mid-day meals.
As it turned out, all of our hard work and preparation finally paid off and we were awarded an Accreditation Certificate at QualityKG Certification Ceremony.
We were always a good preschool and we knew it, but, QualityKG Preschool Accreditation process took us from being a good preschool to being a great one, with happy children, disciplined staff, satisfied parents, well-managed processes and an immaculate reputation which ultimately led to more admissions.
For us the journey is not over yet, gaining QualityKG Preschool Accreditation was just the beginning, maintaining the accreditation over time would require persistent efforts of improvement. With the help and support of QualityKG team, we are working on constantly improving our preschool – “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep.”
Our friends often wonder why we applied for Preschool Accreditation:
Our answer is simple; we sought for accreditation because it is a symbol of our quality. QualityKG accreditation has helped us become a better preschool and it has also opened us up to the possibility of reaching a wider group of preschoolers, families, grants and funding.
However, the greatest benefit we got out of the accreditation was way before we got certified — the accreditation process itself! It helped us scrutinize our current practices and introduced us to new ways of meeting the needs of students, teachers, parents and the community as a whole.
QualityKG Preschool Accreditation process didn’t just help us in MEASURING our quality but has helped us in IMPROVING it. At the end of the day, we are happy knowing that we are a far better preschool than we were before the accreditation.
Forward and growing!