4Children’s Children Centre in Essex has outstanding future ahead as Ofsted confirm ‘good’ grading in latest inspection

18 April 2012

Roundabout children’s centre in Witham in Essex has received an overall assessment of ‘Good’ from Ofsted, with a grading of ‘Outstanding’ for its capacity for sustained improvement, including the quality of its leadership and management. The centre’s first Ofsted inspection on March 7 and 8 2012 resulted in the children’s centre being awarded ‘good’ in every aspect of its assessment criteria, with ‘outstanding’ for the extent to which children are safe and protected, their welfare concerns are identified and appropriate steps taken to address them.

Roundabout is run by the national charity, 4Children, and opened its doors to local families in June 2011.

Sarah Mason, Roundabout Centre manager said:

For our first Ofsted inspection, we are heartened at having our good work recognised and look forward to developing the centre and fulfilling its outstanding capacity for improvement. We have always strived to provide the best possible care and education for the children who attend, and Ofsted’s assessment is a testament to this.”

Charles Ellis, Deputy Chief Executive of 4Children said:

Ofsted’s assessment of Roundabout’s Children Centre in Witham in Essex is a much deserved amount of praise for a team that has worked hard to ensure that their children are given the best start in life. The success of this children’s centre has once again allowed 4Children to be recognized as providing the highest standards of care and together, we will continue to ensure that this work continues.”

The Ofsted Inspection Report of the Roundabout Children’s centre states:

The centre manager and staff demonstrate an obvious drive and commitment to improve the life chances of the centre’s users.”

Care guidance and support are outstanding. In times of crisis families turn to the centre and are confident that they will receive excellent personalised support.”

Babies and children, including disabled children and those with special needs, enjoy the comprehensive range of high-quality learning activities, well-planned around the Early Years Foundation Stage.”

Children’s needs are being assessed on an on-going session-by-session basis and their learning is being moved forward.”

Children are safe at the centre because of staff’s attentiveness and the excellent security systems in place.”

The report can be downloaded from the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk


Notes to Editors

For further information or to request an interview or case studies, please contact Ilana Rapaport at Ilana.rapaport@4Children.org.uk or call 0207 522 6928 / 07917870641



4Children is the national charity all about children and families. We have spearheaded a joined-up, integrated approach to children’s services and work with a wide range of partners around the country to ensure children and families have access to the services and support they need in their communities. We run Sure Start Children’s Centres as well as family and youth services across Britain.


We develop, influence and shape national policy on all aspects of the lives of children, young people and families.  As the Government’s strategic partner for early years and childcare we have a crucial role in co-producing policy with the Department of Education and representing the sector’s views and experiences.  Our national campaigns, like Give Me Strength, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.

For more information visit www.4children.org.uk


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