Ofsted inspectors hail success of ‘outstanding’ Sheffield Children’s Centre

Congratulations: Coun Jackie Drayton at top-rated Sheffield Children's Centre.  PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
Congratulations: Coun Jackie Drayton at top-rated Sheffield Children's Centre. PICTURE: STUART HASTINGS.
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A CHILDREN’S centre which scored a top Ofsted report has been hailed as a shining example to others.

Sheffield Children’s Centre, which has more than 100 youngsters in its register, was rated ‘outstanding’ earlier this year by inspectors.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s cabinet member for education, young people and families, visited the Shoreham Street centre to congratulate staff and meet youngsters.

She said: “It was wonderful to visit the centre and meet the staff and children and see such good practice here in Sheffield, which should be shared. The Sheffield Children’s Centre has worked hard and supported children and families for a long time.

“It is great news that their commitment to early years development has been recognised and the outstanding Ofsted is thoroughly deserved.”

Nasim Malik, spokesman for Sheffield Children’s Centre, said: “We are very proud of the staff, parents and carers and children in achieving this outstanding Ofsted result.

“We would also like to thank Coun Drayton for visiting the centre and meeting our staff and children.”

Sheffield Council is currently reviewing all its children’s centres after examining early years services across the city due to budget cuts.

A strategy to make sure facilities are of the highest quality is to be presented in the face of reduced funding but some sites may close.

Parents and carers will be asked where they think services should be delivered.

The council wants to pioneer ‘cluster models’ of good practice, such as holding early years activities in libraries as well as at children’s centres.