Alliance welcomes latest inspection statistics

26th March 2015

Commenting on the latest Ofsted statistics on early years inspection outcomes in England, Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Alliance, said:

“The Alliance welcomes latest figures which show that the sector continues to improve the quality of its provision. This is despite additional pressures placed on providers after the introduction of the stricter inspection regime in 2013, cuts to training budgets and reductions in the level of support available from local authorities and other areas. Huge credit should be given to providers who continue to work hard and show their commitment to improving the quality of their provision themselves.

"However we continue to question how sustainable this steady improvement can be in the long-term. The sector simply cannot continue to deliver high quality services while under pressure to work with even less funding and practical local authority support - particularly relevant now with additional demands required to support the delivery of the new Common Inspection Framework in September 2015.

"This is why the Alliance continues to push for urgent improvements to the way providers are currently funded and supported.”

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Notes for editors

  1. The Pre-school Learning Alliance is the largest voluntary sector provider of quality affordable childcare and education in England.
  2. Through direct provision and its membership of 14,000 nurseries, sessional pre-schools and parent and toddler groups, the Alliance supports over 800,000 children and their families in England. The Alliance also develops and runs family learning programmes, offers information and advice, runs acclaimed training and accreditation programmes and campaigns to influence early years policy and practice.
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