Children’s centre in targets pledge

PUBLISHED: 12:10 09 August 2013 | UPDATED: 12:10 09 August 2013

Sarah Grimshaw and Alix Hamilton. Two of the Children's Centre staff who were praised in the recent Ofsted report.

Sarah Grimshaw and Alix Hamilton. Two of the Children's Centre staff who were praised in the recent Ofsted report.


Honiton Children’s Centre working hard to address concerns raised by Ofsted inspectors.

Staff and supporters of Honiton Children’s Centre say they are working hard to address concerns after a damning report by Ofsted inspectors.

The chairman of the centre’s advisory board Vernon Whitlock told the Midweek Herald that work was being done to ensure the centre meets the targets expected of it.

Inspectors were keen to emhapsise the centre’s positive points despite their criticisms.

Mr Whitlock said: “We are very pleased that the inspectors commented on the strengths of the centre and the commitment of staff, but recognise there are issues relating to the use of information, targeting of services and evidencing results that we need to address.

“These are currently being worked on to ensure we meet the targets expected of us.

“Ofsted were very complimentary about the professionalism and expertise of the centre staff and their commitment to improving the lives of families.

“They also highlighted the fact that parents value highly the support and help they receive.”

One of the services highlighted for praise in the report was the Breastfeeding Cafe.

Children’s centres serving Honiton and the Axe Valley were branded ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted and were below acceptable standards in all three key areas – access to services by young people and families, the quality of practice and services; the effectiveness of leadership, governance and management.

The centres are run by the Children’s Society.

The Children’s Centre in Honiton has received support from the local community following the report.

The secretary of Honiton Senior Voice, June Brown, said: “We fully support the work of the Honiton Children’s Centre. They provide an essential and valued service in our town and are a lifeline to many families.”

This was echoed by Norman Amey of the King’s Centre, which runs a food bank and provides debt counselling in the town, who added: “We work in partnership with Honiton Children’s Centre meeting the needs of children and parents both in Honiton and the surrounding area. We have every confidence in them and the support they give to local families.”

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