Village centre is ‘outstanding’

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ARMTHORPE Village Children’s Centre has won praise after being judged ‘outstanding’ in its first ever Ofsted inspection.

Inspectors said the centre has built up the trust of the community since it opened in 2008, is highly valued by local families, and provides outstanding outcomes, including for those most in need.

Staff are seen to promote an atmosphere of tolerance, understanding and respect for all families, while multi-agency partnerships are regarded as enabling the centre to deliver highly effective targeted support to the diverse needs of the local community - often at a very early stage.

Statistics show the centre has registered 86 per cent of families from its catchment area. Over the last year the number of parents registered and using with services at the centre has increased by 21 per cent.

Children’s centre manager, Alison Tomes, said: “All the staff at the Children’s Centre are so proud of being awarded an ‘outstanding’ grade for our recent Ofsted inspection.

“I would like to thank the staff, parents and partner agencies for their hard work and support throughout the process.”

The report highlighted staff working very well with partner agencies to assess needs and to remove barriers for both adults and children, as well as successfully engaging fathers at the centre and strengthening the bonds between dads and their children. Partnerships with agencies, including local schools, health services, adult education and social services were viewed as exemplary.

Inspectors said the centre now needs to work with other organisations to further improve users’ health by raising the percentage of breastfeeding mums and reducing the incidence of tooth decay.