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Pledge over childcare.

TYNESIDE council bosses have pledged to raise standards after a critical Ofsted report into early years childcare.

South Tyneside was found to have a higher rate of failing nurseries and childminers than the national average.

Throughout England, 4% of childcarers were seen as inadequate over a two-year period.

That figure was 7.3% in South Tyneside.

A council spokeswoman said: "We are committed to helping our children and young people to fulfil their potential, and are working hard to raise standards across the board.

"Our Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership team has taken swift action, offering training and guidance aimed at helping those providers rated 'inadequate' to make significant improvements.

"We are confident they will fare better when they are re-inspected within a year."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 5, 2007
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