Devizes South Community Children's Centre shines in Ofsted Inspection

24 October 2012

Devizes South Community Children’s Centre in Wiltshire has received an assessment of ‘Outstanding’ for its first Ofsted inspection.

The inspection on the 3rd and 4th of October saw the children’s centre awarded ‘outstanding’ in the vast majority of the assessment criteria, from the extent to which children are safe and protected, to the way in which all children are supported to develop skills for the future.

Devizes South Community Children’s Centre opened in 2007 and is run by the national charity, 4Children. Services delivered directly by the centre include family learning, ante- and post-natal groups, breastfeeding groups, childminder groups, a children’s café and one-to-one support for parents. The centre also provides return to work advice and training through partnership arrangements, as well as sessions relating to finances.

Commenting upon the Ofsted report, Charles Ellis, Deputy Chief Executive of 4Children said:

The staff at Devizes South Community Children’s Centre have worked tirelessly to give children and families the support that they need, and as this report makes clear, the centre is thriving and demonstrates the exemplary standard of 4Children’s services.”

Judith Gingell, Centre Leader of Devizes South Community Children’s Centre said:

It has been a pleasure working with the team at Devizes South Community Children’s Centre and I am thrilled to see that the centre has received the recognition that it deserves. This signals a promising future for our children’s centre and we look forward to developing the support and provision further.”

THE OFSTED INSPECTION REPORT SAID:

Devizes South Community Children’s Centre provides outstanding provision for the very large majority of families, including the most vulnerable, in the reach area. A key strength is the centre’s excellent care, guidance and support for families and their children. The centre supports children with additional needs and vulnerable children very well.”

Extremely positive relationships make a highly tangible difference to the well-being of the centre users. Families appreciate the very caring atmosphere, friendly staff and the outreach work. The centre has a strong focus on the health of families and so outcomes are outstanding”

Safeguarding arrangements are outstanding, as are the very effective arrangements for keeping families safe. As a result, any concerns related to children’s safety are acted upon quickly and appropriately”

Notes to Editors

For further information or to request an interview with a 4Children spokesperson, please contact: public.affairs@4Children.org.uk / 0207 522 6919

The Ofsted inspection report can be found at: http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/ELS/20954

About 4Children

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, including our Give Me Strength campaign, change policy and practice and put the needs of children and families on the political and policy agenda.

To find out more visit www.4Children.org.uk

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