Outstanding start for Cornish Children

New Ofsted figures have revealed that Cornwall is one of the best performing areas in the South West for pre-school education. 

Data released by the education watchdog shows more than a quarter of the county’s nurseries and pre-schools were given an “outstanding" overall rating at their last inspection. That is one of the highest in the South West region - and nearly twice the national average.

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Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Children and Well Being, Sally Hawken, said: “A lot of hard work and dedication goes into achieving these results and we are proud to work closely with so many fantastic early years’ providers.”

The latest Ofsted figures also show that 98% of Cornwall’s Ofsted registered pre-schools ,nurseries and childminders are rated as good and outstanding, which is ahead of the national average of 95%.  The data also reveals that over the last five years there has been a continuous improvement across the county, because in 2014 the figure of good or outstanding providers was just 80%.

Sally continued: “The dramatic improvement over the last five years is thanks to the dedication of pre-school staff; they’ve embraced training and upskilled themselves.  Between the ages of 2 and 4 children are growing, learning and developing at such a fast pace and it is really important that the foundations for learning are laid properly.”

Under the Government's early years programme all three and four year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free part time education in Ofsted registered provision from the term following their third birthday.  In addition some parents may be eligible for up to 30 hours of funded early year’s provision for their children and in Cornwall over 3000 families benefit from this extended entitlement offer.

Early years inspections typically look at safeguarding and welfare requirements, development and delivery of the early years foundation stage educational programmes; identifying children’s starting points and ensure that children make progress in their learning through effective planning, observation and assessment.

Head of Early Years at Cornwall Council, Carol Kimberley, said: “I am delighted that early year’s providers in Cornwall work hard to improve provision and that the latest Ofsted outcomes show this. We know there is a real commitment across Cornwall to improve children’s pre-school provision and to give children the best start in life. Hopefully we can continue to build on these inspection outcomes to ensure every child receives an outstanding start to their education.”

Parents are encouraged to visit the Care and Support in Cornwall website to discover more about 30 hours free funding.

Posted on 9 April