Nurseries and childcare providers

30th March 2001 at 01:00
* Nurseries and childcare providers are to get hotel-style star ratings under a voluntary "Investors in Children" scheme to be introduced in autumn 2002. They will be graded on the facilities and quality of the service offered to families.

The Department for Education and Employment, which will be awaring the stars, will be consulting with the profession and parents on exactly how the scheme will work.

Tricia Pritchard, from the Professional Association of Nursery Nurses, welcomed the promotion of high standards, but said: "We fear that the star rating system will lead to league tables."

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