Essex County Council (ECC) is congratulating Early Years’ providers across the county on recent Ofsted results which show 97 per cent of pre-schools and nurseries were judged to be ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ – 2 per cent above the national average.
The results, which were released on 21 June, also show that childminders in Essex have performed well with 93 per cent being judged as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, which is above the national figure of 92 per cent.
The news comes as ECC is encouraging eligible families to find out more and apply for the government’s free early education entitlement for some two and all three and four-year-olds, which is aimed at providing young children with stimulating early learning opportunities.
Cllr Ray Gooding, Essex County Council’s Cabinet Member for Education and Lifelong Learning, said: “We’re committed to ensuring children in Essex get the best start in life and work closely with Early Years’ providers across the county to ensure this happens.
“Research has shown that if children attend a high quality Early Years environment, they are better prepared to start school and have a strong foundation for high achievement throughout their education.
“Attending a pre-school, nursery or childminder also enables children to learn important life skills, including helping them to be more sociable, confident and better able to communicate their needs. The government’s free early education entitlement offer is testament to just how important learning these skills early on is to a child’s later development.
“I’d like to congratulate all Essex Early Years’ providers, as well as colleagues internally, on these results and thank them for their continued commitment to ensuring children receive valuable and exciting experiences during their early years.”
Parents and carers of all three and four-year-olds can apply for the free early education entitlement and find out if they are eligible to receive the extended entitlement
of up to 15 additional hours from 1 September 2017.