‘Good’ rating for county’s children’s services

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GOVERNMENT watchdogs have said children’s services in Derbyshire are ‘performing well’.

Ofsted found that most services, settings and institutions are good or better and most provision is effective in supporting children and young people to learn and stay safe.

Derbyshire County Council’s strengths included there being no inadequate childminders, most nurseries and primary schools are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’, development of under-fives is higher than elsewhere, and standards at the age of 11 remain higher than the national average.

To improve, inspectors advised the authority to continue improving provision for early years and childcare, secondary schools and attainment for 16 to 19-year-olds from low-income families.

Cabinet member for young people Cllr Barry Lewis said: “This positive report reflects the hard work and commitment of our staff, alongside our partners in the private and voluntary sectors, to give all Derbyshire’s youngsters the start in life they deserve.”