The Síolta QAP is a process whereby an ECCE setting will carry out a range of activities including; baseline self assessment, action planning and quality development work, evidence collection and portfolio building. The setting will be supported in this activity by an experienced, qualified mentor (Síolta Coordinator) who has been trained to guide the setting through each step of the QAP. At the conclusion of these activities, the ECCE setting will submit the completed Síolta portfolio for external validation. Stepping Stones was delighted to have external validation in 2017 and were awarded the highest possible grade in all 75 components.