Torbay's early years providers are the best in the country
TORBAY has the biggest percentage of registered early years and childcare providers in the country to be rated as Outstanding for their overall effectiveness.
Provisional figures released by Ofsted show that 32% received the top rating in their most recent inspections as at 31 March 2012, compared with England's average of 12%.
Picture shows Nursery Manager Mary Gay and Councillor Chris Lewis holding the certificate
The percentage of active early years providers rated as Outstanding or Good was also the highest at 91% - that's 17% higher than in the rest of the country.
No providers in Torbay were classed as inadequate and only 9% were rated as satisfactory.
Torbay Council's Executive Lead for Children, Schools and Families, Councillor Chris Lewis, said: "Well done to all our childminders, pre-schools and nurseries who are providing such high quality care for young children in Torbay. To be recognised by Ofsted as having the highest percentage of Good and Outstanding providers is a great achievement.
"The quality of our registered early years providers is a testament to their hard work and great news for young children. Good early education is crucial because it benefits children in the long term. It enhances their cognitive, language and social development and helps them fulfill their full potential."