Resort’s childminders are top class

Coun John Jones
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Blackpool’s collection of childminders is the best in the country, a new Ofsted report has found.

The resort has the highest percentage of outstanding childminders in the country, with 93 per cent judged to be at least good and not one rated inadequate, figures released this week showed.

The council’s schools boss, Coun John Jones, said: ““We are delighted to that the town’s children and families are accessing to high quality childcare, as recognised by Ofsted.

“For a significant amount of time, Blackpool has been proud to maintain high quality standards. Our providers continue to improve and meet tough new guidelines.

“These measures give our children strong foundations and opportunities in the early stages of their lives.”

The report gave details of Ofsted’s most recent inspections for registered early years providers across the country.

The body evaluated the overall quality and standards of the early years provision, taking into account three key judgements.

They were how well the early years provision meets the needs of the range of children for whom it is provided, the contribution of the early years provision to the well-being of children, and the effectiveness of the leadership and management.

Last month, Lytham childminder Maria Tierney said she was proud after getting an outstanding rating.