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Pewsey Children’s Centre in Wiltshire has received an overall assessment of ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted in its latest inspection. As part of its first inspection on 20th and 21st June 2012, the centre was awarded outstanding in the majority of the assessment criteria, from the extent to which children are safe and protected, to the extent to which all children are able to develop skills for the future.
Pewsey Children’s Centre is run by the national charity, 4Children.
The centre employs five members of staff and works in partnership with Wiltshire Council. The centre runs groups such as the monthly Dads Support and Breast-feeding Support Groups, as well as Puddleducks Nursery and Preschool and the weekly creative session Curious Creations. On three days a week the centre’s workers provide outreach activities in surrounding villages.
Ali Perry, Pewsey Coordinator said:
All the staff at the Children’s Centre are so proud of being awarded an outstanding grade for our recent Ofsted inspection. I would like to thank the staff, parents and partner agencies for their hard work and support throughout this process.
We are a small team and it is amazing to have our work and innovation in partnership with the local community recognised by Ofsted.
We are very happy that the report has acknowledged the strength of our drive for improvement. We intend to use the findings of this report to help us progress further and develop our services.”
Charles Ellis, Deputy Chief Executive of 4Children said:
This assessment demonstrates the continued high standard 4Children’s Children’s Centres are working at and the significant impact they are having on local families.
We are very grateful for the hard work of the staff at Pewsey’s Children’s Centre and the families who help them. It is fantastic that Ofsted have been able to highlight the team’s efforts in this report.”
The Ofsted Inspection Report of Pewsey Children’s Centre said:
The centre’s multi-agency work to safeguard families is particularly effective in providing early intervention and timely support for families”
The centre, with the schools on the site, is the hub of the community’ was a view expressed by many parents. The centre is pivotal to the lives of families and, through their work on the forum, parents make an outstanding contribution to the work of the centre and to their community.”
All staff provide excellent levels of support, advice and guidance for whoever comes into the centre”.
Management of the centre is outstanding and is the key to the centre’s excellent capacity to improve even further.”
It has made such a big difference to many children’s and families’ lives, particularly those facing challenges that make life difficult.”
The report can be downloaded from the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk
Notes to Editors
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