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Aiming Higher is 4Children’s Quality Improvement Framework (QIF) for all childcare settings and integrated centres for young people within the 0-19 age range.
Aiming Higher was originally established in 1994 as Aiming High, to set clear quality standards for all aspects of out of school settings for children and young people aged 4-14. The framework was redeveloped in 2004 to include the 0-4 age group, in partnership with the Buffer Bear Nurseries chain (acquired by The Co-operative Childcare in January 2011). Aiming High and the QuILT (Quality Improvement in Teaching and Learning) framework adopted by Buffer Bear were brought together as Aiming Higher.
Aiming Higher has been consistently improved over time in direct response to the needs of childcare and youth practitioners and local authority early years and youth teams – including extending the QIF to assess 12 quality areas in childcare settings for babies, children and young people aged 0-19.
Aiming Higher can thus be used as a comprehensive QIF by a wide range of settings, including children’s centres, nurseries, playgroups, out of school clubs, holiday activity schemes and youth groups.