Children’s centre gets a top rating

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A CHILDREN’S centre helping support nearby families and children has been praised by inspectors for the ‘exemplary’ service it offers.

Killingworth Children’s Centre provides a ‘wealth of excellent activities aimed at helping families improve their lives’ according to a recent Ofsted report, giving it an ‘outstanding’ rating.

The centre opened in 2006 and provides full-time childcare provision for children from birth to school age.

Inspectors say that families receive excellent support, parenting courses are offered and help parents go back into education or training.

Assistance from the centre has also resulted in parents gaining qualifications and returning to work.

The centre is in the heart of a community which faces financial challenges, with the inspection identifying the centre’s ‘clear vision for excellence and a firm commitment for improving the life chance of every local family’.

There was also praise for staff, management and governance, describing them as ‘very strong’.

Centre manager Susan Wilson said: “We are very proud of the result of the Ofsted inspection.

“Centre staff and the governing bodies are committed to making a real, lasting difference to the families who use the centre and we are all thrilled with the progress they are making.”

Staff have ensured services are provided to those families most in need of support, while inspectors also praised the centre’s work with a number of partners, including North Tyneside Council.

And there was particular praise for the ‘Little Star’ group which supports disabled families and children.

The report stated that parents were also full of praise for the centre, holding it in ‘very high regard’.

Mayor Linda Arkley said: “In North Tyneside we are working hard to narrow the gap between the inequalities within the borough.

“Every child deserves a positive future and I am delighted that families are being supported so well.

“The Ofsted report is a credit to all those involved and I am extremely pleased that the success of Killingworth Children’s Centre has been recognised.”