Inspectors give ‘good’ rating to Rowley children’s

The first Health for Living-managed children’s centres in Sandwell to be visited by inspectors have been given an overall ‘good’ rating.

Inspectors from Ofsted found that Rowley Springfield, Rowley Hall, Cradley Heath and Old Hill, and Tividale children’s centres have a programme of activities that “meet families’ needs well.”

The report also states that parents value the “warm and friendly” environment at the centres and appreciate the “very good” care and support which they get from leaders and staff.

Inspectors also praised staff at the children’s centres, stating that they are “well qualified and work well together as a team”.

Anna Gillespie, Director of Health for Living, said: “Our aim is to improve the lives of children and families who use the centres, be it through hosting baby massage classes or cook-well sessions, which show parents how to prepare healthy meals.

“This inspection result is testament to the hard work and commitment of staff at the centres and we are pleased with the outcome. We recognise that there are areas that we want to do even better in and we are working hard to ensure we do this.”

Paula Ralph, Cluster Manager for the Children’s Centres, said: “We are really pleased with the result of the inspection, it really is a reflection of the hard work that our staff do day-in, day-out at the children’s centres.”

The children’s centres that were inspected are managed by Health for Living, a partnership between the Accord Group, Black Country Housing Group, Murray Hall Community Trust and The Kaleidoscope Plus Group.

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