Inspectors rate children’s centre outstanding

By Sara Bryce

Sunday, November 18, 2012

 

Inspectors rate children’s centre outstanding

Staff, children and parents at East Cowes Children’s Centre on the Isle of Wight. Picture by Peter Boam.

A CHILDREN’S centre on the Isle of Wight has an excellent grasp of local need and puts children’s well-being at the heart of what it does, according to its latest Ofsted report.

East Cowes Children’s Centre in Beatrice Avenue, was awarded an overall mark of outstanding after inspectors visited the centre in October.

The centre, which aims to give families a good start in life, with a focus on the most disadvantaged children, is run by Sue Gleaves.

She said: "I am so proud of our families for what they have achieved and thank them for their support. The centre would not have been judged outstanding without them and the commitment of the staff and professionals we work alongside."

Family health was recognised as an important part of the services offered by the centre, with many parents joining in with the cooking academy, to learn how to make healthy meals for their families.

The centre also offers support for parents with training courses that are tailored to their individual needs, with many parents going on to gets jobs or complete further studies.

Parent Vicky Caller said: "I don’t really know how to put it into words how much East Cowes Children’s Centre has helped me. They are really supportive and help families when they need it."

The report also recognised children’s enthusiasm for the centre and noted how they came rushing in full of enthusiasm, with genuine affection for the staff who worked there.

Cllr Dawn Cousins, cabinet member for children’s services and education at the Isle of Wight Council, said: "I am delighted yet another of our children’s centres has been graded as outstanding by Ofsted.

"The centre is clearly making a real difference to families in the East Cowes area. I would like to congratulate and thank staff at the centre for delivering such excellent services for local families."

Reporter: sarab@iwcpmail.co.uk

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