Children’s centre is praised as ‘outstanding’

Tracey Rose (Children's Area Coordinator) at East Hastings Children's Centre
Tracey Rose (Children's Area Coordinator) at East Hastings Children's Centre

A CHILDREN’S centre in Hastings has been praised by Government inspectors.

Following an inspection of East Hastings Children’s Centre in Chiltern Drive, Ofsted inspectors praised the services it provides which, they said, were outstanding.

The centre, one of nine run by East Sussex County Council, got the top ‘outstanding’ ranking across all aspects of its work, support for families, management and provision.

The findings have been warmly welcomed by Cllr Nick Bennett, the county council’s lead member for learning and school effectiveness.

He said: “Everyone connected with this centre should be justifiably proud of the work they are doing to support families and make such a difference to their lives. This Ofsted report is fantastic and the praise it contains is truly deserved.”

The centre provides a wide range of services, both from the county council and other partners, for young families in the Broomgrove and Old Town areas of Hastings.

It serves communities in one of the 30 per cent most deprived areas of the country.

The inspectors praised all aspects of its work but particularly highlighted the ‘support, commitment and total dedication of all staff’.

Partnership working was exceptional, the inspection found, as was the management of the centre by the county council and the centre management.

The centre was successfully reaching and actively supporting almost 90 per cent of families living in the area, and services are consistently adapted to meet local need.

Cllr Bennett said: “The aim of children’s centres is to work with families to support them, help them and tackle issues they are facing.

“This report shows that staff at the East Hastings Children’s Centre are excelling at doing just that.”

For more information and copies of the full report, visit the Ofsted website at www.ofsted.gov.uk.