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Outstanding providers 2008/09

The outstanding providers listed include providers of childcare, social care, schools, colleges and providers of work-based learning and adult education. Most were inspected between 1 September 2008 and 31 August 2009.

The providers listed are those judged outstanding for overall effectiveness. Some special criteria may apply - for example, if a provider has more than one inspection during the period.

The proportions of providers inspected in each local authority area vary from year to year, and providers inspected do not necessarily represent the local authority as a whole.

Logos and certificates for providers who we judged to be outstanding between September 2008 and August 2009 are mailed the month following publication of the inspection report to our website.

The outstanding providers for this year are listed below, by region.

You can also search the full list of all particularly successful providers.

Childcare providers exempt from registration from September 2008

Since 2001, when we took over the registration of childcare providers, our policy has always been that we do not hold any published information for providers who do not hold an active registration. In line with this policy and to maintain fairness to all providers, this has been applied to the changes arising from the implementation of the Childcare Act and following the introduction of the Early Years Foundation Stage in September 2008. This means that previously registered provision that is now exempt from registration will no longer form part of Ofsted's register and will therefore not be maintained on either Ofsted's database or website.