Burnley children’s centre celebrates good Ofsted inspection

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A BURNLEY children’s centre is celebrating official recognition of the quality of the service they offer after their first Ofsted inspection since new standards were introduced.

Burnley Wood Children’s Centre, which is run by Action for Children for Lancashire County Council, was rated as “good” by inspectors, who noted “outstanding features” and described the centre as “vibrant” and being “at the heart of the community”.

The day care service provided at the centre was also inspected and rated “good”.

One of the first Sure Start centres, Burnley Wood, in Brunswick Street, opened in 2006 and caters for 600 children. Much of the area it serves is classified as being in the top 5% of the most deprived areas in the country, with many families struggling with issues such as poor nutrition and unemployment.

Helping parents and carers overcome such obstacles is what the centre’s staff strive for every day, so they are delighted with the inspection’s judgement that Burnley Wood Children’s Centre offers “outstanding care, guidance and support” to those who use it.

Praise in Ofsted’s report has also highlighted the “good quality provision” of day care at Burnley Wood and makes special mention of a “powerful inclusive ethos and outstanding commitment to the uniqueness of each child”.

Centre manager Terri Hacking said: “I am so pleased Ofsted has officially recognised the abilities of the staff team, noting the quality of their training and skills, and praised their work to help parents and carers give children the best start in life.”

County Coun. Susie Charles, Cabinet Member for Children and Schools, said: “I should like to send my congratulations to everyone at Burnley Wood Children’s Centre. They clearly run a warm, inclusive centre where people feel welcome and supported. Families are going through some very difficult times at the moment and it is good to know our children’s centres are helping them – and doing it so well.”

Local parents are also pleased to hear the official result. Mum Lesley Scrimshaw said:” I am very pleased with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection. The children’s centre has been very supportive to me and my family through some difficult times over the past few years. I could not have coped without it.”

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