ONE of Sheffield’s oldest children’s centres is celebrating - after inspectors found it was doing an outstanding job.
Sheffield Children’s Centre on Shoreham Street, close to the city centre, has been running for more than 25 years, and is open every week day throughout the year.
It has more than 100 youngsters on its register, mostly from the Sharrow and Heeley areas but with some coming from further afield.
Inspectors rated the centre’s work as outstanding in 16 out of 17 categories, and said it was a place where children were cared for in a vibrant, welcoming environment.
Each child’s individuality was truly valued and they benefited from feeling safe and having secure, trusting relationships with staff.
Relationships with parents were also excellent and the children were flourishing in the care of enthusiastic well trained staff.
High priority was given to keeping the youngsters safe and excellent systems were in place to make sure premises were secure at all times.
The nursery was found to have strong leadership and management and staff had a clear vision of how they wanted things to move forward. Advice was sought from parents to see how any areas could be further improved and staff worked together to ensure the centre was continuously improving.
Mums and dads were involved in all aspects of the centre’s work and spoke very highly about the welcome they received.
They were also invited in to take part in the children’s storytelling sessions, drama productions and celebrations.
There were also strong relationships with teachers, health visitors and social workers to ensure every child’s needs were being met effectively.
Inspectors also praised the outdoor area which was extremely well resourced and imaginatively laid out, with wicker dens allowing children to explore and investigate. Other pluses were a garden area for growing fruit and vegetables, a sensory room with twinkling lights and a separate sensory area with aromatherapy bags.
The inspectors added: “Children are provided with skills for the future as they are encouraged to be active, inquisitive and independent learners. Overall they benefit immensely from their time spent at this happy nursery.”
Centre manager Chrissie Meleady said: “We’re absolutely thrilled and delighted by this report. The hard work and exceptional effort the staff make every day has been recognised.”
n See www.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/provider/CARE/300808 for the full report.