Positive Ofsted ratings for early years providers
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.
Councillor 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 the council's website.
Don’t forget you could be eligible for 15-30 hours free early years funding for your 2, 3 or 4 year old.