Children’s centre gets ‘outstanding’ accolade

.Hollie Robinson and Ethan Widdowson  at the  Butlers Hill & Broomhill childrens centre The centre has obtained a great OFSTED report

.Hollie Robinson and Ethan Widdowson at the Butlers Hill & Broomhill childrens centre The centre has obtained a great OFSTED report

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A GO-AHEAD centre aimed at providing Hucknall children with a better start in life, on their way to a brighter future, has been given a glowing report by government inspectors.

The Butlers Hill and Broomhill SureStart Children’s Centre on Broomhill Road was launched in 2006.

It offers a range of services to local families — from messy play and story sessions for youngsters to advice for mums and dads on benefits, getting back into education and health.

Now the centre is celebrating after the results of its latest inspection by the Office for Standards in Education (OFSTED) were published.

For it has been given the highest possible rating, being labelled ‘outstanding’.

The centre’s co-ordinator, Mark Hoyland, said: “I am immensely proud of what the centre has achieved in a very short period of time.

“I hope local families and centre users are proud of the achievement because they are central to the centre’s success.

“We can now build upon this outstanding result and make the local services for young children even better.”

The Butlers Hill and Broomhill Children’s Centre is run by the County Health Partnerships organisation.

It is one of three similar venues in the town — the others being the Market Place Children’s Centre at the John Godber Centre on Ogle Street and the High Leys centre at Annie Holgate Junior School on High Leys Road.

Inspectors who visited the Butlers Hill and Broomhill site said in their report: “The range of services that is offered is outstanding and results in outstanding outcomes as families deepen their understanding of how to live healthy lifestyles and keep themselves safe.”

The centre has “capacity for sustained improvement” and a successful management team.

Praise was reserved for the centre’s work with fathers and support for families “in crisis”.