Hartlepool childcare service gets top marks from Ofsted

Councillor Alan Clark (back centre) is pictured with Oscars staff and children celebrating their outstanding Ofsted rating.
Councillor Alan Clark (back centre) is pictured with Oscars staff and children celebrating their outstanding Ofsted rating.

A council-run childcare service has been rated outstanding in all areas by Ofsted bosses.

Following a recent inspection by the education watchdogs, Oscars, was given a glowing report.

The childcare facility, which is based in Catcote Road, provides an after school childcare service and also operates during school holidays.

In the report inspectors said: “Leadership is inspirational. Leaders support their staff team to provide exceptionally high-quality childcare.

“The arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Leaders and staff are extremely vigilant in their approach. They have excellent working relationships with professionals to support the individual needs of all children.

“Staff know children tremendously well. They provide a highly vibrant and stimulating environment based on their current interests.

“Staff consistently listen to children’s ideas and suggestions. This supports children to feel valued and respected. The highly stimulating activities on offer complement children’s learning at school.”

The report applauds the attitude of children saying behaviour is exemplary and that they offer support and encouragement to each other.

Councillor Alan Clark, chairman of Hartlepool Borough Council’s Children’s Services Committee, said: “Oscars was rated as outstanding in 2012 so to be judged outstanding again under the new tougher Ofsted framework is great news.

“Oscars provides a lifeline to many parents who have to juggle work and other commitments with bringing up their children and the Ofsted judgement is testimony to the fantastically-run service. I would like to thank everyone involved for their hard work and commitment.”

Oscars collect children from school and offers a wide range of educational and fun activities. It also provides care from 8am to 5.45pm during school holidays.