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Continued improvement in the early years

The latest Ofsted inspection statistics released today have shown that 4 out of 5 early years providers were judged good or outstanding at their last inspection, a continued improvement from the last report on inspection outcomes in June.

Commenting on these results, PACEY Chief Executive Liz Bayram said:

“PACEY welcomes these fantastic results which clearly show the continuing trend of improvement in the sector. 80 per cent of early years providers are now rated good or outstanding. This has been achieved against a backdrop of reduced funding and local authority support. It demonstrates the dedication, commitment and hard work of childcare professionals who strive every day to improve their practice and give the children they care for the best start in life.”

“The results demonstrate the high quality childcare that is currently offered across a range of settings, enabling parents to choose what is most suitable for their child and for their families needs. With an increased focus from Government on calling for school-based early years settings, we urge policy makers to boost the support offered to all settings so that they can improve still further, and in particular provide a better service to those children from poorer areas.”

Ofsted are also consulting on inspections for all education, including the early years, and they would like to hear from childcare professionals before the consultation closes on 05 December; you can follow this link for instructions on how to respond to their consultation.