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Hartsholme Day Care Centre and Out of School Club in Lincoln in Lincolnshire has received an overall assessment of ‘Outstanding’ from Ofsted in its latest inspection. As part of its first inspection on 31st May 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.
Hartsholme Early Years Centre is run by the national charity, 4Children.
The centre employs six members of child care staff. Of these, all hold appropriate early years qualifications. The manager has early years professional status. The setting has a close working partnership with the early years advisers from the local authority.
Maxine Newboult, Early Years and Childcare Manager said:
We are all incredibly proud of being awarded an outstanding grade for our very first Ofsted inspection.
We are a small team working really hard to provide local children and families with the childcare and support they need so we are thrilled that Ofsted has recognised this.
This signals a promising future for the centre and we look forward to developing the services available further.”
Charles Ellis, Deputy Chief Executive of 4Children said:
This assessment is another encouraging example of the high standards being accomplished across all 4Children’s childcare and children’s centres.
Through the dedicated efforts of the team at Hartsholme Early Years Centre, local children and families are getting from 4Children and Ofsted’s assessment is clear recognition of this.”
The Ofsted Inspection Report of Hartsholme Early Years Centre said:
Children are at the heart of all that happens at the setting. Their sense of belonging is expertly fostered through the extremely warm, welcoming, inspiring and well-planned environment.”
Children’s individual learning needs are met superbly, through highly innovative planning, rigorous assessments and the setting working in partnership with parents, school and others offering the early Years Foundation Stage.”
Children’s welfare is safeguarded by effective policies and procedures which are rigorously followed by staff.”
Children flourish in the care of the highly skilled and enthusiastic staff who are committed to developing their own skills through the sharing of best practice and frequent internal and external training.”
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
For further information please contact Ilana Rapaport (020 755 6928/07917870641/ email@example.com) or William Staynes (07917542464) William.Staynes@4children.org.uk. Otherwise, contact Hamir Patel via Hamir.Patel@champollion.co.uk