Early years provision during lockdown

11:08am - 16 April 2021

Childminders, preschools and nurseries have had praise heaped on them by parents who have really appreciated the support they've offered throughout the Coronavirus pandemic.

Cllr Catherine Gibbons, North Somerset Council's executive member for children's services said that in North Somerset there is a thriving early years education community. 

"Research has shown time and again that access to high-quality early education is vital if we are to give all children the life chances, opportunities and good outcomes they deserve.

"In North Somerset 96% of settings have an Ofsted rating of 'Good' or 'Outstanding', offering top-quality choice to families across a range of settings including childminders, pre-schools and nurseries."

Some of the dozens of comments the council has received include: "There is not a single soul in this nursery who isn't competent, friendly, helpful and encouraging each in their own unique individual style, and as a team how they manage to create such a calm creative inspiring atmosphere for our little ones to be free and in control of their play in each room is a bit like magic!"

A parent from Nailsea said: "During the most recent lockdown the preschool was able to open (much to all our relief!)…. staff have been an absolute lifesaver during this whole pandemic, for our daughter and for us who are both government workers having to home-school an older child. The staff are absolutely wonderful with all the children, so patient, caring and fun. Our daughter has come on leaps and bounds with letters, colours, shapes and most of all her confidence and relationship skills."

This parent said: "I am writing to tell you about the amazing and wonderful services provided by this team of childminders. They take amazing care of my child who has a disability and I cannot ask for more! They are resourceful and considerate to all  parents and have been supportive throughout this entire pandemic. - they are absolute treasures!"

Cllr Gibbons added: "Our Early Years sector in North Somerset has offered outstanding service to children and their families throughout the Covid pandemic. They really are some of our 'local heroes' and the feedback we have received from families has been deeply moving, showing what a vital role these settings play in the lives and well-being of our young children and the wider community."

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