Inspectors praise children’s centres

Celebrating Northumberland Central Children's Centres overall 'good' status from Ofsted. GM026037
Celebrating Northumberland Central Children's Centres overall 'good' status from Ofsted. GM026037

Children’s centres in the county have been praised for the services they provide.

Action for Children’s Northumberland Children’s Centres all received a positive rating in their first Ofsted inspection.

The centres, commissioned by Northumberland County Council, were awarded a ‘good’ rating for their access to services by young children and families, quality of practice and services, and effectiveness of leadership governance and management.

Run by charity Action for Children, the centres in Ashington, Bedlington, Newbiggin, Lynemouth, Pegswood, Choppington and Morpeth provide a range of activities and advice on child and family health, parenting, money, training and employment.

Gill Physick, children’s services manager at Action for Children in Northumberland, said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have been given this rating from Ofsted.

“This means that all of our services have met and exceeded the standards we’ve been set – and shows that we’re making a real difference to the lives of children, young people and parents.

“This achievement is reflective of the hard work and dedication of our staff and carers, and is one that we will continue to build on. I’d also like to thank the parents who came forward to speak so positively about the children’s centres. ”

Inspectors praised the “highly effective” team of family support workers and the children’s services manager whose leadership was recognised as “inspirational” and “excellent”, while recognised the charity’s “strong commitment” to improving the lives of families with children under five.

Coun Robert Arckless, policy board member for children’s services at the council, said: “This is really excellent news and it’s particularly pleasing that effective leadership has been highlighted at a time of change right across the sector.”