A centre of excellence!

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STAFF and youngsters at the Garstang-based Rural Wyre Children’s Centre are celebrating their report following its first-ever inspection by Ofsted inspectors.

The centre, attached to Garstang St Thomas’s Primary school, achieved “outstanding” and “good” grades from the visiting inspector, Jean Kendall, who praised the work done at the Kepple Lane base.

She wrote of the good quality services saying “some aspects of its work are outstanding, such as the care, guidance and support for families facing difficulties and the extent to which children are safe and protected.”

The centre opened in 2006, serving Garstang and district offering childcare, early learning, a childminder network, family support services and courses to promote parenting skills and healthy lifestyles.

In her report Ms Kendall says staff go the ‘extra mile’ to help families in remote areas. She cites comments from parents who spoke to her of the support they receive from staff.

She adds that the centre helps “both adults and children to make excellent gains in their learning and personal development. It is clear that the centre makes a real difference to the families it works with”.

There was also praise for the early years provider (Garstang Pre-School) which works in partnership with the centre.

Centre manager Christine Turner said she was delighted with the report.

St Thomas’s headteacher Helen Ife also welcomed the report, saying: “Early intervention and support is paramount to a child’s early stages of development and Rural Wyre Children’s Centre makes positive changes in a child’s life, particularly as they begin their first year at school”.