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Awards are a mark of quality childcare

WELL DONE ... Coun Joan Atkinson, second from right, presents certificates and bears to childcare providers, from left, Jane Burns from Nursery Time Kindergarten, Lisa Ternent from Nursery Time Nursery School and Lisa Campbell from Stanleys at Boldon, with youngsters James, three, Jack, four and Olly, three.

WELL DONE ... Coun Joan Atkinson, second from right, presents certificates and bears to childcare providers, from left, Jane Burns from Nursery Time Kindergarten, Lisa Ternent from Nursery Time Nursery School and Lisa Campbell from Stanleys at Boldon, with youngsters James, three, Jack, four and Olly, three.

PARENTS in South Tyneside will be reassured when it comes to picking childcare thanks to a new scheme.

South Tyneside Accredited Network for Learning in the Early Years (Stanley) is a new quality-assurance scheme, which has been developed by South Tyneside Council to highlight top childcare providers.

The Quality Mark for childcare will help parents and carers to pick a first-class service as well as encouraging day care providers attached to local children’s centres, childminders and private nurseries to work together to raise standards further.

The new accolade is awarded to providers that are rated as good or outstanding by Ofsted, and is available at two levels, gold for outstanding settings and silver for good settings.

To celebrate its launch, the first childcare providers to be accredited with the Quality Mark were presented with certificates from Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at the council.

She said: “I was delighted to present these awards to providers who have achieved this new level of good practice, and demonstrated a commitment to providing parents and carers with a high-quality childcare setting. Congratulations to them all. We want our children and young people to get the best start in life, and we believe that excellence in childcare provision plays a vital role in this.

“The Stanley accreditation scheme sets a benchmark for standards in childcare and will not only assure families that the care their children receive is of a high quality, but will see providers work together to improve childcare provision generally.

“We would encourage all organisations involved in providing childcare in South Tyneside to become accredited.”

During the Quality Mark launch event, which was held at Boldon Children’s Centre, Gold awards were presented to Nursery Time Kindergarten in South Shields, Nursery Time Nursery School in Hebburn and Stanley’s at Boldon.

Among those to receive silver awards were: local childminder Amanda Carr Brown; Whizz Kids Childcare; Happy Shack breakfast club and afterschool club in East Boldon; Ashfield Nursery and Early Learning Centre (hospital site) and Sunshine at Boldon Community Association.

The child day care centres, now known as Stanley’s, at Hebburn, Bede, All Saints, Biddick Hall, Horsley Hill and Primrose children’s centres, were also accredited with silver quality mark awards.

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