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Pre-school Education: Standards

Volume 483: debated on Tuesday 18 November 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) how many and what proportion of early years settings have been found to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted since 1st September 2008; (233559)

(2) how many Ofsted inspections have been completed in early years settings since 1st September 2008.

[holding answer 6 November 2008]: 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 11 November 2008:

Parliamentary Question Number 233559: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many and what proportions of early years settings have been found to be (a) outstanding, (b) good, (c) satisfactory and (d) inadequate by Ofsted since 1st September 2008.

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

The numbers and proportions of settings receiving each inspection grade are shown in the table below. These figures are taken from provision inspected between 1 September 2008 and 31 October 2008 and include only active providers on the early years register. Our figures use the most recent inspection visits, where the reports have been quality assured or have not been withdrawn from publication. Therefore, there is a discrepancy between the total number of inspections given here and in the response to Parliamentary Question 233562, which includes all inspections including some that have not been quality assured or published.

Number and percentages of Early Years Register (EYR) inspections between 1 September 2008 and 31 October 2008

Grade

Number of inspections

Proportion of total inspections (percentage)

Outstanding

110

6

Good

1,052

55

Satisfactory

629

33

Inadequate

131

7

Total

1,922

Please note that, as the selection of provision for inspection each year is not random, these figures should not be used to make judgements about the standards of national early years provision.

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

Letter from Christine Gilbert, dated 11 November 2008:

Parliamentary Question Number 233562: To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, how many Ofsted inspections have been completed in early years settings since 1st September 2008.

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

There were 2,549 inspections of provision recorded on the early years register (EYR) between 1 September 2008 and 31 October 2008. The early years register comprises those settings which provide care for children in the early years age group (aged from birth to the 31 August following a child's fifth birthday) where at least one individual child attends for more than two hours a day. There are a number of exemptions from registration, including schools that make provision for pupils aged three. The full list of exemptions is available from Ofsted's leaflet Registration not required, available at:

http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/Ofstedhome/Formsandguidance/Browseallby/Other/General/Registration-not-required/(language)/eng-GB

The total number of inspections is taken from the figures available on the first working day of November and includes all inspections of active providers, including some that have not been quality assured or published. Therefore, there is a discrepancy between the total number of inspections given here and in the response to Parliamentary Question 233559, which gives outcomes of inspection and only includes those that have been quality assured or published.

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