Child Workers Praised In Dorset
8:18am 26th December 2013
People dedicated to working with young children in Dorset have been recognised for their achievements.
Nurseries, pre-schools and child-minders that received the highest OFSTED grade over the last year were given prizes.
Certificates were also handed out to people who gained professional qualifications to work with children in Early Years education.
Dorset County Council's Chief Executive Debbie Ward presented the awards.
She said: "The quality of early years care for children across Dorset is really important to us. By investing in the training and development of childcare staff, we are also investing in our children's future. These workers inspire the children they care for, so these awards pay tribute to their energy, dedication and enthusiasm that they give to the job day in, day out."
Cllr Rebecca Knox, Dorset County Council's Cabinet member for children's safeguarding and families, said:
"Choosing childcare is a difficult decision for any parent, so it's great that so many workers are constantly striving to be at the top of their game by gaining additional qualifications. And with a number of child-minders, pre-schools and nurseries in Dorset being rated as 'outstanding' by Ofsted, parents can be confident that their little ones are in good hands."