Children’s centre is a success

A CHILDREN’S centre’s glowing report from Government inspectors is set to be discussed next week.

Rossmere Children’s Centre, in Rossmere Way, was given an overall “good” with “outstanding” features after the Ofsted inspection earlier this year.

The Hartlepool Borough Council-run facility for youngsters up to the age of five, provides services in health, midwifery, speech and language therapy, family support, employment and benefit advice, childminder support, play opportunities, volunteering opportunities and a community cafe.

The council’s portfolio holder for children’s and community services, independent councillor Cath Hill, will meet next week to discuss the centre’s success after the visit by two inspectors in March.

A report by Danielle Swainston, the council’s head of access and strategic planning, said: “The inspectors spent one day reviewing paperwork and two days interviewing parents, stakeholders and attending sessions.

“Feedback on the outcome was given at the end of the third day.

“The overall outcome for the inspection was good with safeguarding rated as outstanding.”

A series of recommendations have been made for improvements to further boost the centre.

The portfolio meeting is due to take place on Tuesday, July 10, at 10am at the Civic Centre.