Too many early years settings inspected as part of a focused inspection in Wiltshire are not yet good according the education watchdog.
Ofsted has published its findings after it found only half of eight early years settings it inspected in March were judged good or better.
As well as the visits to eight providers, inspectors conducted telephone surveys with a further 11 providers and held a focus group discussion with the local authority and its partners.
The inspection was prompted by the wide gap in learning and development outcomes for the poorest young children compared to their more affluent peers.
Only 36% of children eligible for free school meals achieved a good level of development in 2014, making Wiltshire the third worst local authority in the South West region. However, inspectors did find signs of improvement.
- targeting high quality information, advice and training to weaker providers to ensure that young children in the most disadvantaged areas access the best provision
- continuing to provide information, training and advice as required to help practitioners further their early years knowledge, skills and experience
- using Ofsted’s inspection evidence, to encourage providers to strengthen their monitoring of teaching and progress made by groups of children so that settings have clear evidence of what they do well and what they need to improve
Police say they will not be bringing any charges against two people after investigating alleged child abuse at a nursery in Wiltshire.
Little Angels in Calne was forced to close in August. After completing an investigation, officers say the bail of a 37-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man has been cancelled.
The owner, who was not arrested, was forced to liquidate the company that ran the nursery.
A notice of suspension has been placed outside Little Angels Nursery in Calne, Wiltshire.
The notice - which says the suspension runs for more than a month - is in place to allow the regulating body to investigate their 'belief that a child may be at risk of harm'.
A 37-year-old woman has been arrested in investigations at a nursery in Wiltshire.
Details about the inquiry have not been released, but police have confirmed that Little Angels Nursery in Calne has been closed.
The person arrested is understood not to be the owner.
Parents who have concerns are being advised to call either Social Services on 0845 6070888 or the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0300 456010899.
OFSTED’s first-ever South West annual report says the proportion of good or outstanding schools in the region has increased.
But it says that children from poorer backgrounds are not doing well enough.
Bradley Simmons is Regional Director for the South West at OFSTED.
He's been speaking to ITV West Country's Ian Axton.
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