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Article date - 05 September 2018
In St Helens, there are currently 48 day nurseries across the borough, while 78 adults are registered as childminders.
Out of the 48 open nurseries, 38 have been inspected by Ofsted, with six achieving an ‘outstanding’ report – and 32 being awarded ‘good.’
Meanwhile, 12.5 per cent of the 67 inspected childminders in St Helens have achieved Ofsted’s highest ‘outstanding’ mark, with 87.5 per cent awarded ‘good.
All childminders inspected with no early years children present have been judged as 'Met' (meeting the standards required by Ofsted.)
Research indicates that attending good quality early years provision benefits a child’s future educational achievements, and key findings from Ofsted show that this type of practice is being achieved in St Helens, with good provision also in place to assist the development of children with special educational needs (SEN).
On paying a visit to one outstanding-rated nursery, Ofsted inspectors hailed the ‘extremely dedicated and highly qualified staff’ who ‘demonstrate an exceptional understanding of how children learn' – while one local childminder's 'outstanding' report states that the minder 'meticulously plans an extensive range of interesting and highly enjoyable activities to support children's continued development.'
Hailing the high standard of day nurseries and childminders available in the borough, Councillor Joe Pearson, portfolio holder for education and SEND, said: “This is a welcome recognition for the commitment and dedication shown by early years practitioners throughout the borough.
“As a council, we are committed to raising the aspirations of children young people, and we are very proud of the hard work and achievements of all the day nurseries and childminders in St Helens that provide our future generations with the best possible start in life.”