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A CHILDREN’S centre has been praised for the exceptional work it does in the community, including supporting families.

Moor Park New York Children’s Centre was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted inspectors in its first report, saying it had effected ‘genuine and lasting change’ for local families.

It is the third Sure Start Children’s Centre in the borough to receive the top rating in the last eight months.

The centre, known locally as New York Children’s Centre, is co-located with New York Primary School and also home to independent childcare provider the Little Apple Day Nursery.

The centre, opened in 2008, is managed by the school’s governing body.

Inspectors said the centre worked ‘relentlessly’ to ensure the lives of local families are improved, often in the face of the most challenging circumstances.

During their visit in June, they found a wealth of responsive, individualised activities on offer, while also praised the special Saturday ‘dad’s group’ to encourage more men to attend.

Reducing obesity in school-age children was also highlighted, with obesity amongst children in the borough’s most deprived wards down from 2.6 per cent in 2006 to 0.52 per cent.

Inspectors also commended the ‘expertise and breadth of knowledge’ of the centre’s staff and governing body.

Centre leader, and headteacher at New York Primary, Lesley Cothart said: “This report is a credit to everyone.

“The dedicated team of staff, governors and partners work hard to provide an improving service.

“The fantastic community of children and families who support us and engage with us should be proud of this achievement.

“W are delighted to add this to the school’s outstanding grade.”

The full inspection report is now available at