Knowsley has been named as one of only four areas in the country where all private and voluntary full daycare nurseries have been rated as outstanding or good.
Ofsted has recently published their official statistics about the quality of provision in all private and voluntary nurseries.
All 44 providers in Knowsley were rated either good or outstanding.
It is one of only four areas in the country to have all of its early years childcare providers (excluding childminders) rated as either outstanding or good.
Coun Gary See, Knowsley Council’s cabinet member for children’s services, said “This is a fantastic achievement for all of our childcare providers and the council’s early years service, as well as receiving endorsement at a national level that the borough’s childcare settings offer sustainable and quality childcare provision which is accessible, inclusive and affordable to parents and carers across the borough.
“Well done to everyone concerned!”
The inspection of nurseries 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 educational needs or learning disabilities and how the provider works with partner agencies to provide the appropriate support.
Parents and carers are involved in the inspection process and encouraged to provide feedback about the childcare setting and services it provides.
In Knowsley, the council’s early years service works with the childcare providers to ensure the services they provide, as well as their processes and procedures, are efficient and lead to the provision of quality services for all children.
The team provides challenge through observation, as well as quarterly meetings with the providers, ensuring all areas for development are effectively targeted.
During the recent inspections, Ofsted noted the childcare providers worked in partnership with all agencies to a very high standard, ensuring that children and families had the best support available to them through multi-agency working.