Best in class: Kingston's childcare showcased to Korean MPs

The international spotlight was on Kingston’s excellent childcare as a delegation of Korean health and welfare MPs visited Advantage Day Nursery in Surbiton yesterday (Monday 1 August).

Member of the National Assembly of Korea and Cllr Chris Hayes meet the children of Advantage Day Nursery


Experts from Achieving for Children, Kingston and Richmond’s joint children’s service provider, and Kingston Council were on hand to talk through the borough’s high quality childcare provision at the nursery, which is Ofsted-rated as ‘Outstanding’. 

Achieving for Children is at the forefront of innovation and best practice, being one of the first children’s services to launch an Ofsted-rated childminding service, as well as being a consistently high performing borough for uptake of 2-year-old early education entitlement. The joint children’s service has been recognised as a model of good practice and now provides other boroughs with advice and guidance on children’s service provision.

The delegates, who received a briefing on the UK’s childcare system and what sets Kingston apart as a provider, were given a tour of the nursery’s facilities and the opportunity for the prestigious visitors to meet the children.

Councillor Chris Hayes, Lead Member for Children’s Social Care and Health at Kingston Council, said: 

“It’s a fantastic honour, and great recognition, to have members of Korea’s Health and Welfare Committee visit our borough. We have a lot to be proud of - Achieving for Children has been selected by the Department for Education to explore how the government will deliver the 30 hour childcare entitlement next year. We are one of just 25 children’s services in the country asked to take part. This level of recognition of our capability as a children’s service is a huge commendation for the team at Achieving for Children - and one that is well deserved.

“Ensuring that children and young people in Kingston have access to high quality care and education is at the very heart of what we do.”

Mr Yang Seung-jo (MP), Chairman of the Health and Welfare Committee of the National Assembly of Korea, added: 

"The visit was a very good opportunity for the delegation. It was clear that the nursery director and teachers were very happy; we had the impression that working conditions are very good there. The facilities also clearly cater to the needs of children, which was also very impressive."