Sheffield children’s centre rated as one of best in the country

Ellesmere Children's Centre staff Emily Headford, Dr Sharon Curtis, Crystal Wright, Lisa Bramhall and Jo Gash prepare to cut the celebration Ofsted cake
Ellesmere Children's Centre staff Emily Headford, Dr Sharon Curtis, Crystal Wright, Lisa Bramhall and Jo Gash prepare to cut the celebration Ofsted cake
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A children’s centre in Sheffield has been hailed one of the best-performing in the country following an inspection.

Ellesmere Children’s Centre, in Burngreave, has been rated as outstanding in all areas by inspectors from government education watchdog Ofsted.

The assessment puts it in the top performing four per cent of children’s centres of its type in England.

Sharon Curtis, centre manager, said: “To be awarded ‘outstanding’ across all areas is amazing.

“The inspectors said some wonderful things in their report, including that all children, including the two-year-olds, are making superb progress in their learning and development and our children are developing excellent social skills in preparation for the later move into school.

“They also put a strong emphasis on how committed the staff team is to working with families and keeping them informed of children’s progress.

“We are thrilled to be recognised in this way.”

The report highlights a number of areas the centre was excelling in – including the provision of rich, varied and imaginative teaching techniques and the superb relationships between parents and teachers.

Staff celebrated the announcement at an event with parents.

Dr Curtis said: “We won’t be resting on our laurels following the outcome of this report. The inspectors said that to improve further we need to extend the already successful relationships with parents and provide even more inspiring learning opportunities for children.

“That will be our aim so the next time Ofsted visit, they go away again knowing we are outstanding.”