A unique Coventry centre that
provides support and education for families and young children has
been praised by government inspectors.
Hillfields Early Years Centre
has been praised in the first report to be published jointly by Ofsted
and Social Services.
The centre in Clifton Street,
which was named as an Early Excellence Centre in 1997 was visited
earlier in the year by a team of education and social service
It is the first time that this
joint approach has been taken approach.
Although it was not a joint
inspection as such, the two were undertaken at the same time and many
of the meetings with parents and centre management were combined.
The recently published report
outlining the inspectors' findings highlights many strengths,
delivery of integrated care and education and support for children
and their families
educational development and personal, social and emotional needs
very well met
of positive attitudes to learning and excellent behaviour in
support for children with special needs and their families
quality adult education is central part of the centre's work
relationships between all adults and children in the centre
leadership provided by the head and the centre's management team
Sheila Thorpe, head of the
inspections were like school inspections and that does not indicate
the wide range of things going on here. We meet the needs of the
whole family and we do it from the time a child is born."
The centre provides integrated
care and education all day, all year for children aged up to five
years old, parent/toddler and parent/baby groups.
There is a wide range of adult
education supported by creches, and parents are offered support
including informal learning courses, health advice a toy library and
work of the centre will be examined in close detail by Employment and
Equal Opportunities Minister Margaret Hodge MP, who is visiting on
Tuesday 16 May.