A government minister has
praised the efforts of the flagship Hillfields Early Years centre
during a visit to Coventry.
Margaret Hodge paid tribute to
its achievements while visiting the centre in Clifton Street
It is the first Early
Excellence Centre to have a joint Ofsted and Social Services
inspection has been given top marks for its work.
EECs provide integrated early
education, care and family support such as home visiting.
Hillfields Centre provides
full-day, full year, care and education for children from 0-5.
Other services include a
creche, a parents group, weekly doctor’s visits and adult learning
including support for parents with learning difficulties and other
Mrs Hodge, Minister for
Employment and Equal Opportunities, said on her visit yesterday:
"I am really excited by
the work being done at Hillfields and the fact that it has received
such an excellent Ofsted report.
“We set up Early
Excellence Centres to demonstrate models of good practice built on
our vision of seamless services to give children the best start in
life and to meet the needs of working parents.
“I hope that the good work
being done at Hillfields will serve as inspiration for other
providers of early years services in the area.
inspection is the first in a series of Early Excellence Centre
inspections to be carried out this year.
“The joint inspection will
become the basis for the new integrated inspection service set out
in our proposals before the House for a new and distinct regulatory
arm of Ofsted.”
Cathy Goodwin, Strategic
Director (Lifelong Learning) at Coventry City Council said:
"The Hillfields Early
Years Centre is a great resource within Coventry and I am delighted
that its work continues to be recognised nationally.
“It has had a very
positive effect on the lives of families in the area, which is
apparent from the words of praise of local people for its role in