A great start in life for children in Rutland

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Children in Rutland are receiving the best possible start in life with county nursery and childcare settings performing better than anywhere else in the country, new research shows.

Research by the Department for Education published this week indicates that children throughout the county rank top for learning and development at the age when they start primary school.

Coun Kenneth Bool, who is in charge of issues for children and young people for Rutland County Council, said: “This latest information from the Department for Education shows the tremendous start our children get in life through the excellent work of our Early Years childcare settings and their staff. It must be extremely pleasing and reassuring for parents to receive this national endorsement.”

“In recent years, Rutland County Council has provided high levels of support for programmes such as ‘Every Child a Talker’ which has led to improvements in children’s learning and development in communication, language and literacy. The key to the success of this programme was ensuring children had better access to exciting learning environments alongside planned and purposeful play.”

It is further good news for Rutland after the county was rated the happiest place to live in England (Office of National Statistics July 2012) and Oakham the 6th best place in the country to bring up a family (Family Investments Survey October 2012).