A PAIR of Northwich nurseries were recently judged as ‘Good’ under the new Ofsted Early Years’ inspection framework.

From November 2013 Early Years Providers have been subject to a tougher Early Years inspection framework, which makes it clear that only provision which is ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ is good enough for young children.

The Ofsted rating of ‘Satisfactory’ is replaced with ‘Requires Improvement’, aiming to drive improvement in lots of settings.

Providers found to ‘Require Improvement’ will be monitored and inspected again within 12 months.

Two settings owned by Geoff and Janet Ledger, Acorn Childcare Nursery in Hartford and the Beagle Pre-School at Charles Darwin School, were both judged as ‘Good’ under the new framework.

They were found to be effective in delivering provision that meets the needs of all children well. This ensures that children are ready for the next stage of their learning.

The owners thanked all of the children, parents and staff for their hard work and commitment to enable us to achieve these excellent reports.