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Ofsted Early Years Annual Report

The Ofsted Early Years Annual Report was released yesterday. Download the report and read the highlights in our summary.

The quality of Early Years provision has risen – 78% of providers on the Early Years register are now good or outstanding, the highest proportion since the register was established.

However, only a little more than a third of children from low income backgrounds reached a good level of development. One factor is that some types of provision in poorer areas, such as childminder services, are less likely to be good. Children make the best progress when supported by highly qualified staff, particularly with graduate level qualified staff. For example, nursery schools in deprived areas perform as well as affluent ones.

Ofsted recommend:

  • The new pupil premium for three and four year-olds should be extended to two year-olds
  • Funded places should be provided for children from low income families
  • Local authorities should consider expanding their school-based provision
  • The government should hold local authorities to account for how they allocate spaces
  • Priority should be given to children who attended Nursery with a funded place when applying to Reception