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'Oustanding' children's centre in Blackburn is facing cuts
A CHILDREN’S centre which faces having its services cut back has been rated outstanding by Ofsted.
Audley and Queen’s Park Children’s Centre in Blackburn was praised for the ‘effective learning’ offered to very young children in a newly-published report. The centre, previously rated as ‘good’, was praised for its outstanding leadership and encouragement of ‘highly motivated’ children.
In spite of the resounding endorsement, daycare provision is set to cease at the centre from next March as part of government cuts.
However Ofsted inspectors also praised the early years’ provision offered in the centre’s nursery, which will continue after the cuts.
Staff at the Pringle Street centre were praised for ensuring children were ‘well prepared’ for school.
Councillor for children’s services at Blackburn with Darwen Council, Frank Connor, said: “I am delighted by the praise for our dynamic staff and the centre’s stimulating learning environment.
“This is especially welcome news during a period of change in our children’s centres. We are continuing to provide flexible early education for two, three and four-year-olds as part of the new children’s centre model.
“Ofsted’s report illustrates the excellent level of provision parents can expect their children to receive.”
The inspector’s report reads: “The educational programmes have depth and breadth and are delivered by staff who have very high expectations of themselves and children.
“Key persons are highly skilled and children have access to an extremely stimulating pre-school.”
The inspector said: “Children thrive and are well motivated to learn in this extremely high quality setting. Staff have excellent skills and knowledge of the learning and development requirements and a superb understanding of how children learn.
“The exciting, stimulating and extremely well-organised environment, both indoors and outdoors, ensures that all children make rapid progress towards the early learning goals.
“As a result, children are exceptionally well prepared for school.”
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