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Pre-school Education: Standards

Volume 487: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families with reference to the answer of 18 November 2008, Official Report, columns 274-5W, on pre-school education: standards, how many and what proportion of early years settings deemed inadequate by Ofsted since 1 September 2008 were (a) in the 10 per cent. of most deprived areas, (b) childminders, (c) private, voluntary and independent settings, (d) Montessori nurseries and (e) Steiner nurseries. (249525)

[holding answer 20 January 2009]: 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 January 2009:

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

The numbers and proportions of early years settings deemed inadequate by Ofsted since 1 September 2008 are shown in the tables below. The figures in Table A are taken from provision inspected between 1 September 2008 and 31 October 2008, in line with the figures supplied for Parliamentary Question 233559. The figures are supplied in Table B cover provision inspected between 1 September 2008 and 31 December 2008.

The 10% most deprived areas in England were identified using the Government's ‘Indices of Deprivation 2007’ (an index published once every three years), available at

http://www.communities.gov.uk/communities/neighbourhoodrenewal/deprivation/deprivationQ7/.

Ofsted does not, as a matter of course, collect our data in line with the sector types specified in the question (private, voluntary and independent early years settings), as it has no mandatory requirement to do so. The figures given in response to part (c) of your question represent settings that we are able to identify as private or voluntary, within our categories of ‘childcare on domestic premises’ and ‘childcare on non-domestic premises’. Please note, however, that these do not represent the full picture, as data are not held for all providers and should, therefore, be treated with caution.

Similarly, Ofsted does not, as a matter of course, collect data on whether provision is Montessori or Steiner. The figures provided in response to parts (d) and (e) of your question represent settings where ‘Montessori’ or ‘Steiner’ appears in a free text field on setting details. This may not represent all settings of these types and so this data must be treated with caution.

Please note that that the selection of provision for inspection each year is not random. We select providers for inspection each year based on a number of factors, including the period since their last inspection and the grade awarded them at that inspection. Therefore, these figures should not be used to make judgements about the standards of national 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.

Table A: Settings judged to be inadequate in Early Years Register (EYR) inspections between 1 September and 31 October 20081,2

Provider Type

Number of inspections

Number of providers deemed inadequate

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all inspections of this provider type (%)

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all EYR inspections deemed inadequate (%)

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all EYR inspections (%)

Those in 10% most deprived areas

123

14

11

11

1

Childminders

1,348

69

5

53

4

Private Settings

441

31

7

24

2

Voluntary Settings

92

7

8

5

0

Montessori Settings

8

0

0

0

0

Steiner Settings

0

0

0

0

0

All Early Years Inspections

1,922

131

7

1 Percentages are rounded to nearest whole number

2 The explanatory descriptions in this response outline where data in this table are not representative of all providers and should be treated with caution.

Table B: Settings judged to be inadequate in Early Years Register (EYR) inspections between 1 September and 31 December 20081,2

Provider Type

Number of inspections

Number of providers deemed inadequate

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all inspections of this provider type (%)

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all EYR inspections deemed inadequate (%)

Percentage of providers deemed inadequate as a proportion of all EYR inspections (%)

Those in 10% most deprived areas

403

21

5

5

0

Childminders

4,043

240

6

61

4

Private Settings

1,328

107

8

27

2

Voluntary Settings

303

16

5

4

0

Montessori Settings

54

3

6

1

0

Steiner Settings

0

0

0

0

0

All Early Years Inspections

5,876

394

7

1 Percentages are rounded to nearest whole number.

2 The explanatory descriptions in this response outline where data in this table are not representative of all providers and should be treated with caution.