LATEST figures show Wearside is out in front when it comes to providing outstanding early years childcare.
Figures published by Ofsted yesterday showed that the number of providers inspected in the city to gain the highest rating over a five-month period, was double the national average.
Between November 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, 22 registered childminders, childcare centres and nursery facilities in Sunderland were inspected and 14 per cent gained the top rating, followed by 73 per cent being dubbed good and the remainder satisfactory or inadequate.
For the same period nationally, seven per cent were rated outstanding, 63 per cent good, 21 per cent satisfactory and nine per cent were judged inadequate.
Across the North East of England, 317 early years registered providers were inspected and of these five per cent were judged to be outstanding, 69 per cent good, 21 per cent satisfactory, and five per cent were judged to be inadequate.
The figures for County Durham showed seven per cent of the providers inspected during the period were found to be outstanding, 73 per cent were good, 13 per cent were satisfactory and seven per cent were inadequate.