Centre is ‘outstanding’

Staff and students celebrate the Centre's Ofsted report
Staff and students celebrate the Centre's Ofsted report

A popular council-run children’s centre has been described as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in its first ever inspection.

Beeford Children’s Centre is ranked by Ofsted inspectors as outstanding in all key areas, including overall effectiveness.

Their report praises centre leadership as excellent and says teamwork is a real strength. It says the centre leader has high expectations of staff and this is reflected in the outstanding quality of services which they provide.

“The centre has an outstanding capacity to continually improve because leaders, management and governance pursue and achieve excellence in all that they do,” the report says.

The commitment of the staff to meeting the needs of both adults and children is described as extremely impressive.

Staff are said to be dedicated to helping children to lead happy healthy lifestyles and are constantly looking for ways to improve what they do.

The report says relationships between the centre and other services, including health, social services and schools, are excellent.

Wide-ranging systems are used to assess the needs of the children and families who use the centre, and their needs are understood by all partners.

Safeguarding is described as robust, and excellent partnership working ensures that effective support is given to families at times of crisis.

Centre leader Anne Wright said her whole team are absolutely delighted with the ‘outstanding’ rating.

“The children’s centre team are so committed and work tirelessly and flexibly in delivering a range of universal and targeted services in order to support and meet the needs of the children and families living within the centre’s very rural 86-mile square mile reach area,” she said.

“I am extremely proud of the team here at Beeford Children’s Centre and we are all very proud of this ‘outstanding’ judgement from Ofsted. We would like to thank all our families and professional colleagues who have been very much part of our journey.”

Councillor Julie Abraham, East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s portfolio holder for children, young people and education, said: “Having visited Beeford Children’s Centre I can only agree with Ofsted’s judgement.

“Covering a large rural area, the staff have forged excellent links with many childcare and education providers to ensure that children’s needs are met and that they are well prepared to start their education. Schools are well informed of any support that will be required, putting the child at the centre of all decision making.”