Knowsley is one of the best places in the country to send your child to nursery, according to new data released by Ofsted.
The findings show 22 childcare providers have been rated at ‘outstanding’ with a further 77 rates as ‘good’. Overall, Knowsley is one of only four areas in the country to receive this accolade.
Cllr Margaret Harvey, Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said “Knowsley is very proud of the high percentage of nurseries that have achieved an ‘Outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted which is well above the national average across the country. This means that parents can be even more confident that their child will get good care and their development will be supported well during the all-important early years if they attend a Knowsley Nursery. This national endorsement is a great testament to the quality childcare provision available in the borough.”
Across England as a whole, 22% of nurseries are considered outstanding by Ofsted – but in Knowsley that rises to 41%.
The inspection of nurseries carried out by Early Years Ofsted reviews the quality of provision for a child’s learning and development, the provider’s leadership and management as well as safeguarding and welfare requirements. In addition, the inspection assesses the support arrangements for children with Special Education Needs or learning disabilities and how the provider works with partner agencies to provide the appropriate support.
Parents and carers are also involved in the inspection process and encouraged to provide feedback about the childcare setting and services it provides.
Councillor Harvey added “In addition to this excellent news, we have recently received confirmation from the Department for Education that 92% of eligible families in Knowsley have taken up the recently introduced Extended Childcare Offer (known as 30 hours) which is above the national average.”