Ofsted’s backing for children’s centre

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Askern Children’s Centre in Doncaster is celebrating the results of a recent Ofsted inspection.

The overall result was ‘good’ with some aspects judged ‘outstanding’.

The centre, which provides integrated services for children aged up to five and their families - changing in April to up to 10 years old - has been under the management of Doncaster Council since April 1.

Ofsted inspectors said that, as a result of the passion and commitment made by managers and staff, the children’s centre was making a good contribution to improving the lives of families within the centre’s reach area.

The centre’s effectiveness of its work with key agencies around child safeguarding was found to be ‘outstanding’, as was its partnership working with other agencies.

Inspectors noted that staff are committed to inclusion and work relentlessly to improve the life chances of users.

Highly effective partnerships with health practitioners ensure the centre has up-to-date and relevant information and assessment of need is strong.

In terms of outcomes for families using the centre, the inspectors said: “The health and emotional wellbeing of parents and their children are rapidly improving as a result of exceptional relationships which the centre and its partners have worked hard to establish and maintain.”

The centre was a bright, welcoming, informative environment with an excellent range of good quality toys and equipment. It said families and professionals felt relaxed and comfortable.

Pam Ley, children’s centre manager, said: “We’re all really pleased with the results of the inspection, which reflect the dedication staff demonstrate on a daily basis and the high quality standards of service we achieve.”