Rise in top ratings for Leeds’ early years childcare

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MORE Than three quarters of nurseries and early years providers in Leeds were judged to be outstanding or good in Ofsted’s most recent inspections.

The childcare watchdog has published the results of inspections carried out between April 1 2014 and 30 June 2014 across the country, which included 84 in Leeds.

Of those, six were judged outstanding and 63 as good, totalling 82 per cent - a rise of nine per cent from the previous round of inspections between November 2013 and March 2014.

Eight providers were judged as satisfactory or requiring improvement and seven as inadequate, representing 18 per cent of the total - down from 27 per cent in the last inspection data.

It was a similar picture in Wakefield, where 29 per cent were judged as needing to improve and 71 per cent as good or outstanding.

The latest inspections have brought the total proportion of nurseries and early years providers rated as outstanding in Leeds to eight per cent, with 89 receiving top marks out of the total 1,095 inspected since 
2008.

The overall figures also show 69 per cent of the city’s providers are good, 21 per cent satisfactory or require improvement and two per cent inadequate.

In Wakefield, seven per cent of all providers are outstanding, 63 per cent are good, 28 per cent satisfactory and two inadequate.

Leeds City Councillor Judith Blake, executive member for children and families, said: “These results are very pleasing, and are reflective of month-on-month improvements in our early years service.

“A lot of hard work has gone into making that happen, especially in light of a tougher national Ofsted framework which came into force last November.

“We will not rest on this success however, as we continue to strive to provide the best level of service we can to children and families in Leeds.

Commenting on the national report, an Ofsted spokesperson said: “It is now almost a year since we raised standards for nurseries and other early years providers. So it is heartening that these statistics show that almost three-quarters of our inspections found a good or outstanding service for young children. However, there are still too many early years provisions which do not help young children be ready to learn when they start school.”