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Children at risk in failing nurseries

Thousands of children are being left in the hands of “inadequate” childminders, nurseries and crèches, according to Ofsted.
Figures show more than 800 childcare providers have been branded as failing in the last two years, while almost 12,000 were no better than satisfactory.
In all, almost a third of early years care is said to be not good enough since the introduction of Labour’s “nappy curriculum” in 2008, it was disclosed.
According to Ofsted, many were also given the lowest possible rating for keeping under-fives safe, raising fears that adults may not have been given criminal record checks.
Nurseries and childminders can also be failing in their duty towards “safeguarding” for a lack of first aid, unhygienic premises and a poor health and safety record.
The disclosure follows the announcement of a major review of early years education by the Coalition Government amid fears that many children are not being given a “good start”.
The review – led by Dame Clare Tickell, chief executive of the charity Action for Children – will cover child welfare, education and early development.
Ministers have refused to rule out abolishing the Early Years Foundation Stage – a series of 69 targets introduced by Labour that must be followed by all state and private childcare providers.
New figures published by Ofsted chart standards achieved by childcare providers in England since September 2008 – when the rules were made compuslory.

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