Range of services praised by Ofsted

Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report G110826-1a
Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report G110826-1a

KIDS and staff at Gainsborough Children’s Centre are celebrating after an Ofsted inspection judged the service to be outstanding.

The Heaton Street centre looks at different ways to help families and children - under the age of five - prepare for school life.

Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report. harry Allsop, 11 months pictured G110826-1b

Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report. harry Allsop, 11 months pictured G110826-1b

The centre’s leader Raj Johal, who is also in charge of seven similar services across West Lindsey, said it was a fantastic achievement.

She said: “It’s there to to help disadvantaged areas and it has been at the heart of the community.”

“Our work is about how much difference we are making to families through the services we provide.”

“We have reached 91 per cent of children that the Gainsborough centre covers and we are the highest performing children’s centre in Lincolnshire, out of 48 centres.”

Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report. Sarah Scott and Freddy Young, 3 months, with Michelle Issitt G110826-1c

Gainsborough Childrens Centre have received an outstanding ofsted report. Sarah Scott and Freddy Young, 3 months, with Michelle Issitt G110826-1c

“It’s not just the staff it’s been a real team effort by everyone involved,” she added.

The centre provides a ‘one stop shop’ for the community and offers a range of services to support families.

Ms Johal added: “The centre collaborates effectively with community groups, key commissioned partners and statutory agencies to provide high quality services.”

“Parents, carers, and staff from the centre’s team identified a true strength in how well everyone gets on with each other, illustrating the success of the centre’s well publicised commitment to promoting a highly inclusive and respectful community.”

The Ofsted report highlighted its ‘excellent co-ordination of an extensive range of services, accurately focused to meet the needs of families locally’.

The inspection stated: “This ensures an extremely well integrated, holistic approach to service delivery which is making a positive difference to the outcomes for children and families, whilst providing practical support to help them achieve better futures.”

“Gainsborough Children’s Centre is an outstandingly effective resource for local children and families.”