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Ofsted reveals improvement in early years inspection outcomes

Nurseries, pre-schools and childminders have all shown an improvement, according to the latest inspection figures from Ofsted.

The latest statistics from the regulator show that 74 per cent of early years providers inspected between April and June 2014 were rated ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, compared to 68 per cent of those inspected in the previous quarter.

The figures also show a fall in early years settings with grades requiring improvement (18 per cent) or found to be inadequate (8 per cent).

Sam Gyimah, Childcare and Education Minister, said: “These figures show that more nurseries are rated good or outstanding than ever before. However where providers do not meet the standards required of them, they are held to account by Ofsted and if they do not show the necessary improvement action will be taken.”

An Ofsted spokeswoman called it “heartening that these statistics show that almost three-quarters of our inspections found a good or outstanding service for young children”.

She added however that there are still too many providers which do not help young children be ready to learn when they start school and said that Ofsted will be working in the coming months with the 18 per cent of providers which need to improve.

The improvement in inspection outcomes coincided with the decision by Ofsted to take away the 30-day complaint driven early years inspection option.

Ofsted recently launched a consultation on the way it publishes its inspection statistics, proposing a change from quarterly publication to three times a year.