Investors in Children

PACEY Children Come First was endorsed by Investors in Children in July 2004 until the end of the Investors in Children scheme in summer 2007.

The aim of Investors in Children was to help childcarers to easily identify and choose a good quality assurance scheme and also to help parents identify good quality childcare.

Investors in Children was a government scheme which endorsed childcare quality assurance schemes. Before being endorsed by Investors in Children, each quality assurance scheme had to meet a range of criteria designed to ensure that the scheme was stringent and helped to develop good quality childcare.

Investors in Children has now been superseded by a new quality improvement project and, from June 2007, quality assurance schemes have no longer been endorsed by government.

As outlined on the Sure Start website:

"This new project supersedes and replaces the Investors in Children scheme, set up in 2003 to provide parents with information on the quality of childcare provision. Investors in Children endorsed schemes have done much to help settings raise the quality of the childcare that they provide. However, changes to the inspection regime, in particular the new Ofsted grading of outstanding and a greater emphasis on the learning and development requirements in settings than in the past, mean that the inspection system performs a stronger quality assurance function and provides parents with much of the information that they need about the quality of early years and childcare provision. The new project will support these changes.

"Individual quality assurance schemes will continue to operate to maintain quality across the childcare sector but from June 2007 they will no longer be endorsed by central Government. We feel that is more appropriate for the childcare sector to take the lead in developing a new approach to continuous quality improvement as they know best how to raise quality. These new arrangements will support quality assurance and improvement schemes by providing a national forum to share good practice and a framework to guide their development."

PACEY materials featuring the Investors in Children logo and referring to Investors in Childiren will be updated as they are reprinted.

For more information on the withdrawal of the Investors in Children scheme, visit


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