The Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ECERS-R) evaluates quality of provision for children aged from 30 months to 5 years in centre-based settings.

The Infant Toddler Environment Rating Scale – Revised (ITERS-R) is the ‘partner’ scale for the birth to 30 month age range.

The ECERS-R and ITERS-R contain a range of comprehensive statements or ‘indicators’ with which to assess the quality of the environment in its broadest sense. These indicators stack up like building blocks to celebrate strengths and highlight possible improvements. They also provide a rigorous means of measuring quality - and improvement in quality - over time.

The ECERS-R and ITERS-R consider seven dimensions of quality:

  • Space and furnishings (e.g. room layout, accessibility of resources, display)
  • Personal care routines (e.g. health & safety, meal times, provision for sleeping)
  • Language and reasoning (e.g. supporting children’s communication, language and literacy development, critical thinking)
  • Activities (e.g. the range and accessibility of resources to support specific types of play)
  • Interaction (e.g. support for social interactions, the ‘ emotional environment’)
  • Programme structure (e.g. the balance between child-initiated and adult-directed play)
  • Provision for parents and staff (e.g. partnership with parents, staff training and development)

The ECERS-R and ITERS-R were developed by Thelma Harms, Richard Clifford and Debby Cryer at the University of North Carolina.