Children’s centre praised by Ofsted

PUBLISHED: 20:00 24 May 2012


A CHILDREN’S centre has been praised for family support, safety and health results after an inspection by Ofsted.

An inspector praised the support of families and children at Banwell, Winscombe and Sandford Children’s Centre, in West Street, Banwell, which operates part time.

The report also revealed one of the staff’s main focuses was the safety of children and their families and the good work done with education partners to make sure the needs of disabled children and those with special learning needs were met.

Overall health and education results for children and their parents are above average and continue to improve. This has resulted in the percentage of obese children, in reception years, to be below average and continues to fall.

Centre co-ordinator, Vicky Keirle, said: “We have learnt a lot from the inspection and look forward to ensuring that Banwell, Winscombe and Sandford Children’s Centre continues to improve and becomes an important part in the lives of our communities.”

The inspector recommended, to help the centre improve further, the centre should incorporate a parents’ and carers group to involve them more in the centre and to develop the services provided so parents can access education and employment.

This is something the centre has already started working on.

Ms Keirle said: “The whole experience was very positive for the team and centre. I was really overwhelmed with the support from our partners and centre users during the process and would like to thank them.

“I am really delighted with the Ofsted outcome, not only for the communities which we serve but for my dedicated, and passionate staff team.”

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