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Child Minding: Registration

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of childminders were deregistered in each year since 1997, broken down by reason for deregistration; (200555)

(2) how many and what proportion of (a) daycare settings and (b) childminders in Basingstoke were awarded ratings of (i) outstanding, (ii) good, (iii) satisfactory and (iv) inadequate following an inspection by Ofsted in each of the last five years.

These are matters for Ofsted. The Chief Inspector, Christine Gilbert, has written to the hon. Member and copies of her replies have been placed in the Library.

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 30 April 2008:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty's Chief Inspector, for reply.

The regulation of Early Years provision transferred from Local Authorities to Ofsted in September 2001, and was subject to transition arrangements until the end of March 2003.We are only able to provide figures after this transition period, from April 2003.

The data table attached contains figures for each financial year and these are taken from the snapshot of provider lists taken on the first working day of April each year.

A copy of this reply has been sent to right hon. Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the Library of both Houses.

Numbers and proportions of childminders deregistered in each financial year since 20031

Number

Percentage

Financial year

Number of Childminders at the beginning of the financial year

Cancelled

Resigned

Total

Cancelled

Resigned

Total

2003/04

68,165

1,209

10,864

12,131

2

16

18

2004/05

72,380

2,970

12,378

15,477

4

17

21

2005/06

70,182

968

9,454

10,458

1

13

15

2006/07

71,622

3,204

9,739

13,012

4

14

18

2007/08

69,925

2,859

11,973

14,889

4

17

21

1Please note that percentages in the data tables may not add up to match the total column due to rounding

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 30 April 2008:

Your recent parliamentary question has been passed to me, as Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, for reply.

The childcare data tables attached have been derived from the Ofsted Early Years summary reports produced annually and from internal Ofsted data reports. The data for financial years 2005-06, 2006-07 and 2007-08 are taken from the Early Years summary reports. The data for years 2003-04 and 2004-05 are taken from Ofsted data reports which provide cumulative data recording the number of inspections during the given financial year.

The figures for each financial year are derived from the snapshot of providers undertaken on the first working day of April each year and include active providers only. For each financial year our figures use the most recent inspection visits, where the reports have been quality assured or have not been withdrawn from publication.

Please note that the outcome judgements changed from a 3-point scale in April 2005 (good, Satisfactory or unsatisfactory), to a 4-point scale (outstanding, good, satisfactory or inadequate) thereafter. Direct comparisons should therefore not be made between these reports scales.

The selection of providers for inspection each year is not random. As a result, it is possible that groups of ‘stronger’ or ‘weaker’ providers are selected, biasing the inspection outcomes. The distribution of inspection grades in any one year, therefore, does not necessarily reflect the national position.

A copy of this reply has been sent to right hon. Beverley Hughes MP, Minister of State for Children, Young People and Families, and will be placed in the library of both Houses.

Judgment on the quality gradings from childcare inspections, in Basingstoke of activeChildminders across the years 1

Number of Inspections

Percentage

2003 to 2005

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Total

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

2003/04

22

45

0

67

33

67

0

2004/05

93

52

0

145

64

36

0

Number of InspectionsPercentage

2005 to 2008

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

Total

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

2005/06

2

40

15

1

58

3

69

26

2

2006/07

0

26

16

5

47

0

55

34

11

2007/08

8

51

34

10

103

8

50

33

10

1 Please note that percentages in the data tables may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.

Judgment on the quality gradings from childcare inspections, in Basingstoke of activeDay care providers across the years 1

Number of Inspections

Percentage

2003 to 2005

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

Total

Good

Satisfactory

Unsatisfactory

2003/04

12

19

0

31

39

61

0

2004/05

26

13

0

39

67

33

0

Number of InspectionsPercentage

2005 to 2008

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

Total

Outstanding

Good

Satisfactory

Inadequate

2005/06

0

12

11

2

25

0

48

44

8

2006/07

2

12

10

2

26

8

46

38

8

2007/08

2

21

9

2

34

6

62

26

6

1 Please note that percentages in the data tables may not sum to 100 per cent. due to rounding.