Portsmouth’s childcare praised as ‘good’ by Ofsted

Fareham Community Hospital in Salisbury Green


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GOVERNMENT inspectors have praised Portsmouth’s childcare services.

Ofsted and Care Quality Commission inspectors visited the city in May, and said Portsmouth City Council’s services are ‘good’, with ‘satisfactory’ elements which have potential to improve.

Their report said: ‘Statutory requirements are well met and its outcomes continue to be good and improving.’

Officers also interviewed council staff, volunteers and community workers.

They found looked-after children’s services are ‘good’ with capacity to improve.

They also praised programmes which improve youngsters’ opportunities with ‘good’ outcomes in almost all areas, and found children are healthy, safe and enjoy their lives.

Cllr Rob Wood, the council’s leader for children and education, said: ‘I’m really pleased with the results, which show services for our most vulnerable children and young people are generally good, and continuing to improve.’