Six years of low ratings for early years childcare in Milton Keynes

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Early years childcare in Milton Keynes has received the second-worst inspection ratings in the entire region over the past six years.

Education watchdog Ofsted this week released its assessments of childcare providers across England between September 2008 and March 2014.

And only ONE local authority in the south-east had fewer providers rated as either ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’.

In Milton Keynes 419 providers were inspected. Just 10 per cent (41 providers) were rated as ‘outstanding’, and 276 (66 per cent) billed as ‘good’.

The region-wide figure is 14per cent ‘oustanding’ and 67 per cent ‘good’. More than one in five (21 per cent) places providing early early years childcare in Milton Keynes were either ‘satisfactory’ or ‘requiring Improvement’.

And one in every 32 (3 per cent or 32 providers) were 
‘inadequate’ –the highest proportion in the south-east.

Over the six-year period Ofsted has inspected 65,337 providers of early years care.

This has included childminders, home childcarers, and private and voluntary nurseries, pre-schools, out-of-school clubs and holiday playschemes.

Across the country Lambeth and Wolverhampton have the highest proportion of early years childcare providers rated as Inadequate, with seven per cent.

The Isles of Scilly had the highest proportion rated as outstanding. Although only four providers were 
inspected, half of them got the top mark.

You can read the full set of statistics online at