Outstanding childminders recognised at awards

The important contribution of childminders to improving the lives of children and families in Camden was recognised at an awards ceremony last night (Thursday).

Camden’s registered childminders fulfil an important early education and childcare role in a flexible way that suits many busy parents. Like schools, nurseries and children’s centres, registered childminders are inspected and graded by Ofsted – with an amazing 91% in Camden rated ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’, which is well above the national average of 83%.

This means you can expect excellent care, and for your children to receive the same high-quality education they would in a school’s nursery class, children’s centre or other early years provision.

Your child can learn, explore and have fun while you have more free time to study, volunteer or take on extra hours at work. Early education also helps your child’s learning and development.

Many of the borough’s 133 registered childminders are linked in with our Camden Sure Start children’s centres and activities for under fives in those centres and other local venues.

Seventeen Camden childminders are rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted and six of them received book token awards for their achievements from Councillor Angela Mason CBE, Cabinet Member for Children, last night. About 30 childminders attended the event at the Crowndale Centre in Camden, along with senior staff from Camden’s early years service.

Praising the high standard of childminding in Camden, Councillor Mason said: “Many congratulations – you are an enormous credit to yourselves and to Camden.”

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