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News - 4 March 2014

OFSTED: A third of early years providers less than good.

Inspections, by the watchdog OFSTED, of more than 17,400 providers between 1 September 2012 and 31 October 2013 rated 25% as "satisfactory" and 8% as "inadequate".

Ofsted said it had "toughened up" the way it did early years inspections, and their statistics showed about 5,810 nurseries and childminders were judged to be less than "good" in the 14-month of inspection period.

In total, just over a third of childminders (34%) - about 2,920 - were given a rating no better than satisfactory, and of these, 7% were judged to be "inadequate". Three in five (60%) were found to be "good", while 7% were considered to be "outstanding". And just under a third (32%) of nurseries - about 2,140 - were in the same category, with 9% of these rated "inadequate".

Lavinia Newman, founder of ABDS comments:
“In the academic year 2011-12, about 26% of nurseries and childminders had been rated as less than good. OFSTED said that the rise may be partly down to some changes in how inspections were carried out, as well as more focus on the places where there were causes for concern. They have made it clear that only ratings of "good" or "outstanding" are now considered acceptable.”

Announcing changes to the early years inspection regime last year, Ofsted chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw warned that inspectors would be tougher on poor nurseries and pre-schools, because
"No-one thinks they should be allowed to languish in their inadequacy".

Those nurseries and pre-schools judged to require improvement will be inspected again within one year."

If you need any help and advice on Nursery Schools and or starting up a new business contact Lavinia Newman, Stuart Coleman or Tonmoy Kumar to discuss how ABDS can help

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