Only a third of children from low income backgrounds have reached a good level of development at the age of five last year, according to a new report by Ofsted.
The school inspectors called for a radical shake up of nursery education in their first Early Years Annual Report published today. According to the findings:
- Choosing the most suitable early years provider is often difficult for parents because the sector is “complex, opaque and of variable quality”.
- The information available is unclear, patchy and inaccessible particularly for disadvantaged families.
- Providers in this sector need to be better held to account for their performance, particularly when they are in receipt of public money.
- A lack of data and standardised assessment means that neither parents, providers nor the government are clear enough about whether children are ready for school.
- Data protection rules are currently limiting the information Ofsted can provide to parents about registered child-minders in their area.
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