All of Slough’s 44 early years and childcare providers are now rated as either good or outstanding by Ofsted.
This not only covers council run providers including children’s centres and maintained nursery schools, but also independent schools, private and voluntary childcare providers.
Once a provider is registered on the Early Years Register, Ofsted carries out regular inspections to evaluate the overall quality and standards of the early years provision. Each setting then gets a rating of outstanding, good, requires improvement or inadequate.
In Slough the 44 settings are rated as the following:
Children’s centres (10) = 1 Outstanding, 9 Good
Independent schools (3) = 1 Outstanding, 2 Good
Private and voluntary (26) = 4 Outstanding, 22 Good
Local Authority maintained nursery schools (5) = 3 Outstanding, 2 Good.
Cllr Shabnam Sadiq, cabinet member for children and schools, said: “This is fantastic news and just shows the excellent quality of care and early education our children get across the town.
“It doesn’t matter where in the town you live, there is either an outstanding or good provider on your doorstep.
“It shows to parents that no matter which setting they choose for their children, a great deal of effort is put into ensuring our children get the best possible start in life. Staff are extremely dedicated and are passionate about what they do.”
To find out more about early years in Slough, visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/council/joint-strategic-needs-assessment/early-education.aspx
If you want to find out more about working in early years and inspire Slough’s next generation, visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/working-in-early-years-and-childcare.aspx
Don’t forget you could be eligible for 15-30 hours free early years funding for your 2,3 or 4 year old. Visit http://www.slough.gov.uk/schools-and-learning/free-early-education-for-3-and-4-year-olds.aspx