Being 'school ready' is key to ensuring children can effectively access the national curriculum from the moment they start school. The Council has seen improvement in the data for this measure every year, from 49% of children classed as having a 'Good Level of Development' in 2013, to 68.5% in 2016. Central Bedfordshire does however remain just below the national average of 69.3% and, more significantly, short of the target of 71.7%.
Readiness for school remains a priority for the Council and a number of actions have been put in place to drive towards meeting the target. The Health and Wellbeing Board has also taken a keen interest and has commissioned work to improve understanding of how best to support children to be “school ready”.