Inspectors praise children’s centre

Riverside Children's Centre in North Shields celebrating after receiving an outstanding report from Ofsted.
Riverside Children's Centre in North Shields celebrating after receiving an outstanding report from Ofsted.

A CHILDREN’S centre has been rated as outstanding following its first inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).

Riverside Children’s Centre in North Shields has been given a glowing report by the inspection team that visited it last month.

The centre opened in 1994 as an early-years training centre and nursery, becoming a children’s centre in 2006.

Inspectors praised its welcoming approach, tailored family support, strong leadership and determination to make a difference. They praised everyone involved in the centre – from the reception desk to senior management – for their passion for their work.

Excellent support for parents and carers into training and work is described as one of the centre’s main strengths.

Last year, 34 parents picked up qualifications, and this year, 67 have done likewise, with a further 37 expecting to get qualifications soon.

Centre manager Keith Berry said: “Everyone who works at Riverside Children’s Centre is incredibly enthusiastic and passionate about what they do.

“It is wonderful that the inspectors have recognised this.”

“We will continue to improve the services we offer at the centre to ensure we continue to provide outstanding support to local families.”

Coun David Lilly, cabinet member for children, young people and learning, added: “Riverside Children’s Centre has established itself as an invaluable source of support and motivation for families in the very heart of this community.

“We are extremely pleased by Ofsted’s comments and overall ‘outstanding’ judgement, which recognises the commitment and hard work of the centre’s staff, management and volunteers.”

The full inspection report for Riverside Children’s Centre is available at www.ofsted.gov.uk