Sticklepath Children’s Centre praised by Ofsted

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Posted on: 14 May 2012

A children’s centre has been praised by Ofsted for the way it works with its local families and community partners.

Sticklepath Children’s Centre on the Woodville Estate was judged good in all areas of provision. The centre’s area covers Sticklepath, Fremington, Roundswell, Bickington and areas out towards Bideford.

The report stated that the centre promoted positive outcomes for local families and that staff and managers showed high levels of commitment to meet the needs of families.

Ofsted reporting inspector Jane Burchall said families using the centre truly value the support they receive from the centre and many express their desire to ‘give something back’. Parents particularly value the opportunity their contact with centre provides for them to socialise and make friends. One parents said “I would have been lost without it”. Another added “I don’t feel so alone”.

One of the strengths of the centre is the breadth of opportunities provided for parents to learn and develop says the report. Together with adult and community learning and local colleges, the centre has developed a comprehensive programme of courses and workshops so that parents can develop skills and gain recognised qualifications.

Staff were recognised for using a variety of ways to evaluate the quality of the services they offer and act upon findings. For example, work to improve attendance for ante-natal classes for teenage expectant mothers had proved effective.

The report praised the centre for establishing itself at the heart of its community, in particular a large number of families were involved in an art project where their work was replicated by local artists to decorate the outside of the centre.

A successful volunteer programme that supports parents to develop the confidence to take on additional responsibilities was highlighted. This includes a number of local people who have successfully secured employment in the centre itself such as the parent champion who has been able to draw on her experience, knowledge and skills to become a volunteer and now a paid employee.

Centre Manager Helen Hallam said:  “We are delighted to receive a good result for our centre at Sticklepath. The community is at the heart of everything we do and we are pleased that the inspectors have recognised this and praised us for the high level of support and opportunities we provide to families”.

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