Report praises Sheffield children’s centre

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A SHEFFIELD children’s centre has been praised by inspectors for its work to help disadvantaged local families.

Woodhouse Children’s Centre’s first ever Ofsted report applauded staff’s knowledge of the community and its efforts to reduce inequality.

Inspectors ruled that the centre, at Woodhouse West Primary School on Coisley Hill, was ‘satisfactory’ overall.

They praised the centre, which opened in 2008, for providing a ‘safe and welcoming place’ for youngsters and for the positive impact of its parenting courses.

But they advised it to do more to improve the health of its children, including encouraging breastfeeding among mothers and tackling obesity.

The report said: “Good knowledge of the local community aids the centre’s understanding of the issues some children and families face. The centre is appropriately focusing on the most disadvantaged families in order to reduce inequalities.

It added: “Health outcomes are variable but satisfactory overall.

Inspectors also said that attention to child welfare was a ‘real strength of the centre’, adding: “Parents say they feel safe and they see the centre as a very welcoming place.”