It is based on evidence-based research regarding the importance of quality early childhood education experiences for children, and informed by international practices to support quality improvements in licensed child care centres.
The purpose of Quality Matters is to ensure that eligibility to receive provincial funding for licensed child care centres is directly linked to meeting specific outcomes in the following:
- Compliance with provisions of Nova Scotia’s Early Learning and Child Care Act, Early Learning and Child Care Regulations, and licensing and monitoring activities;
- Accountability for provincial funding, including compliance with the conditions of the Funding Agreement and the accompanying terms and conditions for each of the grants received; specified in the written agreement as well as financial reporting requirements that are established by Education and Early Childhood Development;
- Program Quality focused on four keys elements of quality that are measured through a self-assessment and strengthened through a Continuous Quality Improvement process. The elements are aligned closely with Nova Scotia’s Early Learning Curriculum Framework.