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Quality comes first for young children

Article By: Kent County Council

More than 20 top nurseries and pre-schools have been praised for their devotion to young children.

They were handed certificates from Kent County Council after completing the Kent Quality Mark scheme. To gain the award, they had to show commitment to raising the quality of their service and dedication to improving the quality of life for pre-school children and their families.

The scheme, organised by Kent County Council, aims to improve the quality of private, voluntary and maintained early years nurseries and pre-schools. Twenty-four organisations this week officially completed the course, bringing the total number to 76. Each organisation received a plaque and certificate to recognise their achievements.

Gary Cooke, KCC Deputy Cabinet Member for Education, Learning and Skills, said:

“I know these nurseries and pre-schools have worked very hard to get to this stage. These awards show real commitment to providing a great start to a child’s education. Nurseries and pre-schools have the opportunity to give all our young people the best start in life and prepare them to move into primary school.”

Jennie Landsberg, Head of Early Years and Childcare at KCC, said:

“Research and evidence demonstrates that high quality childcare has a significant impact on improving the outcomes for children in these developing years. We are fortunate in Kent to have strong nurseries and pre-schools who work tirelessly to improve the quality and learning and care for their children.”