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Statistics released on childcare provision

The Department for Education has today released statistics on provision for under-5s. Commenting on the release, Victoria Flint, PACEY's Head of Communications, said,

“The figures released today emphasise the importance of providing support to private, voluntary and independent (PVI) childcare providers. "The statistics show that this group, comprising many childminders, pre-schools and nurseries, is by far the biggest provider of care for our youngest and sometimes most vulnerable children – the report shows PVI providers offer 96% of 2-year-old places. It is encouraging to see so many children are being cared for in good or outstanding settings – but every 2-, 3- and 4-year-old receiving the free entitlement deserves outstanding childcare. Our comprehensive training and development programmes help our members develop their professional skills and expertise. But much greater investment is needed from government to help childcare professionals improve their practice and provide the best possible quality of childcare to our youngest children.”

Commenting on news that Ofsted has released statistics on inspections and outcomes for registered early years and childcare providers from 1 November 2013 to 31 March 2014, Victoria also said,

"We are really pleased to see that there is overall improvement in quality of childcare provision with good increases in the number of settings judged as good or outstanding. This has been achieved under a more challenging Ofsted inspections framework and against a backdrop of ever decreasing support from local authorities and increasingly challenging sustainability issues. The sector has much to be proud of. However these figures do highlight that there will be significant challenges for around a third of childcare providers now graded as requires improvement or inadequate. With a reduction in turnaround time to improve, it is more important than ever before that support and guidance is provided to help all childcare providers improve across all settings. This will ensure that standards improve while maintaining as many childcare places as possible in domestic and other settings.