The Ashfield North East Children’s Centre childcare setting based at the Summerhouse Children’s Centre, run by the Trust, has been assessed as ‘Outstanding’; the highest possible rating, following its latest Ofsted inspection.
The report, published on 25 October, found the childcare provision, delivered by the Children’s Centre service, to be ‘Outstanding’ across all four of its inspection categories.
The inspectors praised the team’s excellent leadership saying, “The leadership and management team are passionate about providing the highest quality care and education they can.”
The quality of teaching and learning impressed the Ofsted inspectors who commented that “staff make highly accurate assessments of children’s learning and know the children exceptionally well”, and that they have “a high level of awareness of children’s different needs and capabilities.”
The report also recognised the team’s commitment to children’s personal development, behaviour, welfare and outcomes stating that, “Staff organise superb opportunities for children to familiarise themselves with the routines and key persons before they start.” They added, “All children, including those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities and those who speak English as an additional language make exceptionally good progress.”
Katie Brown, Ashfield District Service Manager, at the Trust puts the success down to the hard working staff at the centre, and their commitment to ensuring young children and their families get the best from the opportunities and resources available to them.
Katie said, "It was such a proud day for me and the whole team when the report was shared. I honestly got goose bumps when I read it because I know this team and their leaders have worked so hard to ensure all our children are happy, safe, having fun playing and learning at this setting every day. They deserve this and I am so happy that Ofsted have recognised this as an outstanding setting, because it is truly run by an outstanding team.”
Irene Kakoullis, Group Manager Early Childhood Services, at Nottinghamshire County Council commented:
“The County Council is delighted with the outcome of the Ofsted inspection at Summerhouse Children’s Centre. The Children’s Centre team has worked tirelessly to set up this new early years provision and have done an excellent job in supporting children and their families. The Council endeavours to ensure that children are ready to start school by accessing high quality early years provision and this has been shown at all levels by the team at Summerhouse Children’s Centre.”
Nottinghamshire Children and Families Partnership (NCFP) manage the Children’s Centre services, of which Nottinghamshire Healthcare is part of, on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council. Children’s Centres provide advice and support for families and delivers courses, groups and activities for families with children aged 0 to 5.