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9 in 10 childcare providers rated good in Norfolk

9 in 10 childcare providers rated good in Norfolk

Published by Grace Mcgachy
5:36am 26th June 2019. (Updated at 5:26am 27th June 2019)

Good news for those of you with little ones in Norfolk.

More than 90% of childcare providers were rated good or outstanding at their latest inspection.

This includes over 663 childminders, nannies, nurseries and preschools.

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Ofsted classes 139 as outstanding and 493 good, as of 31st March.

This means 95% were graded highly, below the 96% average for the East of England.

Inspectors judge providers on four categories: the effectiveness of the leadership, quality of teaching and learning, personal development and welfare, and the outcomes for children.

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In Norfolk, seven childcare providers are inadequate, while 24 require improvement.

Those rated inadequate will be inspected again within six months, and they require improvement within a year.

But statistics show that fewer people are choosing to become childminders, in Norfolk there 450, down from 579 in 2015.

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The Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years industry body is working with the University of Plymouth to find out why fewer people choose to become childminders.

Its chief executive, Liz Bayram, called dwindling recruits "a major concern" when demand for childcare is at a record high.

She said:

"Recent decisions to end the childcare business grant for new childminders, registration delays at Ofsted, unnecessary bureaucracy and low income levels due to reduced government funding are putting more and more people off.

We need to work with government to tackle these issues and for them to work with PACEY to reinvent childminding as the perfect flexible career for 21st century parents, carers and others who want to work with children."

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