Quality Childcare

Choose high quality childcare to help ensure that your child’s needs are met by caring and professional staff

You can check on the quality of child care settings.


Check that they are registered with Ofsted and read their latest inspection report at www.ofsted.gov.uk

Inspection reports are graded either:

  • outstanding (1)
  • good (2)
  • requires improvement (3)
  • inadequate (4)

Quality assurance and staffing

  • Is the childcare setting part of a quality assurance scheme and how far has this been completed?
  • Low staff turnover is a good pointer of a quality childcare setting. If staff are happy in their roles, they are more likely to provide a safe, secure and happy environment for the children. Ask how long staff have been at the setting and what, if any, additional training they are able to access. This will give you an indication of how valued staff are (this is a good indicator of a quality childcare setting)
  • Check with other local parents to see if they have any recommendations. They may suggest somewhere you have overlooked, or provide reassurance by confirming the quality of a choice you have made

Early Years Foundation Stage

All registered childcare for under fives must follow the Early Years Foundation Stage.

For further information, please visit www.foundationyears.org.uk

Staff are trained to create a safe, happy and stimulating environment where children can play, develop and learn. Children have access to a range of resources and activities to support their development. Activities are designed to encourage children’s social, communication and listening skills and physical development.

Within day nurseries and pre-schools children are often cared for within smaller groups based on their age and development. This allows staff to tailor activities depending on where each child is within their development. Outdoor play should be accessible throughout the session.