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Date: 27 November 2012

 

Ofsted nursery ratings published online

 

Parents will now be able to compare local nurseries and childminders by looking through the ratings on the Government website Ofsted launched today.

 

Parents can now compare nurseries and childminders in their area on the Ofsted website http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/early-years-and-childcare to help them decide where to send their children. From 27.11.2012 the education watchdog will publish information on pre-school providers which will allow the public to compare how many nurseries and childminders are rated good or outstanding in their area.

 

 

This new move comes as ministers will also publish details of how much money each local council in England will get to provide early-years education for their children -  around 130,000 disadvantaged two-year-olds from September 2013.

 

At the moment, all three- and four-year-olds in England are entitled to 15 hours a week of free nursery education -FEEE (Free Early Education Entitlement)

 

Ministers have also agreed to extend these plans to the most disadvantaged two-year-olds.

 

The Department for Education says on Tuesday that in total, councils will receive more than £500m to fund the new places next year. The issues are that may cash strapped local authorities will see this money as money they can use to fill the gap in finances where they have not been issued with money and can siphon this money to other departments so leaving the child care sector wit less than the allocated funds to spend where it was given.

 

Many Nurseries used to have financial backing and financial support from the local authorities, now these have been radically cut to zero leaving many smaller and even larger popular nurseries floundering and many have closed down to the point where parents are finding that they have to travel further afield for their childcare.

 

Each local authority will receive an average of £5.09 per child per hour, which they will be expected to pass on to schools, nurseries and childminders, the department said.

 

The reasons the Government have urged parents to look at their website, is that they are urging councils to raise awareness of the places so that families take up the offer.

Now what will happen is that councils will be funded on a "use it or lose it basis", the department said, with less money going to areas where parents are not taking up the places. This will encourage councils to help promote those smaller nurseries so places are used and taken up in the bid to encourage better use of childcare places.

 

The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, said: "From 2013, 130,000 of the most disadvantaged two-year-olds will be eligible for 15 hours of free childcare a week, with double that number set to benefit the following year.

 

Local councils are really not ready for this transition as they have not even begun implementing proposals in how the money will be allocated and on what basis will  nurseries be offered the financial help or funds and in what capacity will the resources be allocated.

 

"Today we\'re letting local authorities know the money they will receive to offer these free places and make a huge difference to hard-pressed families.

 

"Good quality childcare gives children a head start even before they walk through the school gates for the first time. No child should miss out on this just because of the circumstances of their birth." say Nick Clegg.

 

We agree with this as good quality childcare is definitely hard to find. If you live in South East London - Peckham Rye or Forest Hill on the Dulwich borders, then check out www.excelchildcareservices.com for excellent quality, affordable, homely child care you will find this nursery one of the best to send your child.

 

 

 


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