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Outstanding child carers celebrate

Published Friday, 19 June 2015

Twenty-seven Enfield childcare providers have been recognised by Ofsted as ‘outstanding’, including childminders, children’s centres, private nurseries and pre-schools from all parts of the borough.

Enfield Council is celebrating their achievements with a special tea and networking event at the Millfield Theatre where they will all receive a certificate from Cllr Ayfer Orhan, Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Education, Children’s Services & Protection.

Cllr Orhan said, “We are particularly proud of our providers. Their service is essential for over 4,800 two- four year olds whose parents may be working; training for employment or busy in some other ways.

“Ofsted inspects every registered childcare provider regularly. These carers support parents and help children to learn and prepare for school. I am looking forward to meeting them and congratulating them personally.”

Ofsted’s Chief, Sir Michael Wilsher, wrote in a recent report: “I have said many times since my arrival at Ofsted that the importance of early years is beyond question. We all know from the research that children’s early years are a period of rapid development and vital for building a secure foundation for future personal and academic success.”

Registered child care providers must follow the national standards to ensure that children learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

Enfield Council’s early years’ service supports and prepares them so that they meet the exacting standards for the children in their care and Ofsted’s approval.

Working to the national Early Years Framework Standards (EYFS) child carers are expected to provide:
 • quality and consistency in all early years settings, so that every child makes good progress and no child gets left behind; 
• a secure foundation through learning and development opportunities which are planned around the needs and interests of each individual child and assessed and reviewed regularly;
• partnership working between practitioners and parents and/or carers;   
• equality of opportunity and anti-discriminatory practices, ensuring that every child is included and supported.

Inspectors judge the quality and standards of the early years provision taking into account three key judgements:
 • how well the early years provision meets the needs of all the children
 • the contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children
• the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

Enfield Council continues to work with registered childcare providers to raise quality and practice.

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