St Mary’s Childminding Services Rated By Ofsted

childrens services signThree childminding services on St Mary’s have been congratulated for achieving a ‘good’ rating from Ofsted.

At Tuesday’s Children and Young People Committee, Cllr Fran Grottick said it was encouraging that they’d all managed to reach that level.

The St Mary’s-based services, including Crafti-Kids Day Nursery and Jennie Woodcock were inspected in February and March this year.*

It’s part of new, tougher checks on all childminders, nurseries and pre-schools introduced last November by Ofsted. They look at how children are being cared for and how well the service is preparing them for the next stage in their education.

The inspectors provided advice on how they could move up to the highest ‘Outstanding’ level.

There are now five registered childminders in Scilly, including a new one on Tresco, and Cllr Christine Savill said it was good to have a service back on that island.

In 2012 the Council launched a campaign to encourage more childminders on the islands as a predicted ‘baby boom’ means places are becoming limited.

The Council’s Early Years Leader, Meriel King, has gone on maternity leave and there had been concerns about finding a replacement. Children’s Services Manager Joel Williams said they’ve managed to recruit someone to continue Meriel’s work on a self-employed basis.

* The third childminding service has not given Ofsted consent to release their name.