Praise for children's centre

By a County Press reporter

Published on Friday, February 01, 2013 - 13:20


A CHILDREN's centre on the Isle of Wight has been rated as good with outstanding features by Ofsted, the Isle of Wight Council announced today (Friday).

East Newport Children's Centre was inspected in December and found to be friendly and welcoming, with families at the heart of its work, a council spokeswoman said.

Inspectors rated the centre’s safeguarding practices, which ensure children are kept safe and families are well supported, as outstanding.

The centre is run by national organisation Spurgeons on behalf of the Isle of Wight Council.

The report stated: "In times of crisis, families turn to the centre for support and know they will receive the help they need."

It led to inspector Denise Blackwell returning to the centre this month to compile a good practice case study to be used by other agencies.

"Inspectors also praised the centre’s outstanding capacity to improve and the range of services, activities and opportunities it makes available for the families in its catchment area," said the spokeswoman.

According to the report said: "The inspirational pursuit of excellence from all centre staff, and their passion to improve the lives of families, show the centre has outstanding capacity to improve."

The findings were welcomed by Cllr Dawn Cousins, cabinet member for children’s services and education, who said: "Our children’s centres play a hugely important role in supporting families.

"I am therefore delighted that all eight of the Island’s centres have been judged as either good or outstanding by Ofsted, meaning the quality of support offered to families on the Island is excellent.

"I would like to thank and congratulate staff at East Newport Children’s Centre for their dedication and passion for improvement which has led to this 'good’ Ofsted judgement."

Head of East Newport Children’s Centre, Kathy Whitewood, said: "This inspection report is a result of the hard work given by a small, skilled team since Spurgeons gained the contract in 2010.

"We have raised our profile and used all resources available to deliver the best service we possibly can.

"Parents are very appreciative of the support they received from us."


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