Being 'school ready' is key to ensuring children can effectively access the national curriculum from the moment they start Year One in 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 71.7% in 2017.
Readiness for school remains a priority for the Council and partner agencies 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 our understanding of how best to support children to be “school ready”. The 2017 figure of 71.7% puts Central Bedfordshire above the national average of 70.7%, moving into the 2nd quartile nationally compared to being in the 3rd quartile last year.