Centres 'delighted' with good rating from Ofsted
PUBLISHED: 09:00 20 July 2015
Three children's centres have achieved a good rating following their first ever Ofsted inspection.
Clevedon Children’s Centre, Yatton Moor Children’s Cenrtre, and Congresbury’s Yeo Valley and Rural Outreach have all been awarded the rating by the regulator after the inspection which was carried out between June 17-18 rated each key area, including access to services and quality of practice and services, as good.
The centres, which are part of the North Somerset Central Children’s Centre Group (NSCCCG), offer a range of services for youngsters and their parents including a crèche and play sessions as well as breastfeeding support and baby groups. The venues also hold a number of fundraising and community events.
Tracey Wells, community family team leader for NSCCCG, said: “The whole team is delighted with the good outcome of the Ofsted inspection.
“It clearly shows the hard work of our staff and partners working closely to support families.
“Some areas of work were said to be exemplary and it highlights the difference we can make working together for the benefit of children, parents and families.”
The report highlights that many ‘priority groups’, including young parents and children with additional needs, use the Clevedon centre. The group also works ‘sensitively’ with ‘Gypsy, Roma and Traveller families’, and that staff ‘go out of their way’ to make sure families receive the level of service that they need.
The report also praises staff who work at all three centres, stating: “Staff are very child-focused and professional. All centres provide a very welcoming environment for everyone.
“Staff have a high commitment to promoting speech and language and they work well with children who have multiple and complex needs.”
However, it also goes on to reveal a number of reasons why the service has not been rated as outstanding.
Recommending areas for improvement, the report said: “Strategies to encourage and engage more families to participate in activities have been slow.
“The outside play areas at the centres are under-developed and are not fully used to promote children’s learning in all areas of early years education.”
NSCCCG has also been praised for its ‘good strategic leadership and ‘strong management focus’ meaning the authority is ‘in a good position to improve further’.