Graham Stuart MP has responded to new data showing that only a third of the most disadvantaged children in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire obtain a good level of development by the end of their early years education.
Ofsted’s Annual Report on Early Years education for 2012/13, published today, reveals that only 35% of children on free school meals in Hull achieve a good level of development by the end of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which covers the period between birth and the 31 August following their fifth birthday. That figure is 33% in the East Riding of Yorkshire.
This data compares poorly with the best performing local authorities, such as Greenwich and Lewisham, where 60% of children achieve a good level of development.
Graham Stuart MP said:
“It is extremely important that children receive the best possible grounding in their early years education, so they are ready to learn when they start primary school. There is an abundance of evidence which highlights the importance of the pre-school period to children’s development – and it is particularly important that disadvantaged children don’t fall behind at this early stage.
“Today’s data raises significant questions about the quality of the pre-school education available in Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire to children from the poorest families. It is unacceptable that almost twice as many disadvantaged children in parts of East London achieve a good level of development by the end of their early education as they do in our area.
“Both Hull City Council and the East Riding of Yorkshire Council should consider a new strategy to close the gap on the best performing local authorities as a matter of urgency, so we can ensure as many disadvantaged children as possible receive the best start to their education.”