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Requires Improvement and Inadequate Providers

Requires Improvement and Inadequate Ofsted Judgements
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The Local Authority has a duty to focus on challenging and securing rapid improvement for Early Years providers who 'require improvement to be good' or are judged as 'inadequate' by Ofsted, this support is delivered by The Education People on the Local Authorities behalf. Where a provider receives either judgement from Ofsted, this will trigger intervention based on the issues raised by inspection and delivered in accordance with the Early Years and Childcare Delivery Plan (DOCX, 130.5 KB). Should you receive such a judgement please inform the Improvement and Standards team to initiate a programme of support by emailing

Ofsted data
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Nationally on average 5% of Early Years providers are judged by Ofsted to be less than good. In Kent our data shows that on average only 3% are below good at any one time.

We know from research that children who attend good or outstanding Early Years settings are better placed to achieve positive outcomes in their school life and beyond. It is therefore our expectation in Kent is that all settings should aspire to be judged outstanding by Ofsted and have a culture of continuing improvement. Threads of Success have developed a suite of strategies and opportunities to support leaders and managers to strive for and sustain outstanding practice and performance.

Ofsted documents you may find useful
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Contact details
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Early Years and Childcare Service
Telephone: 03000 41 23 23