The report states that: ‘The quality, range and balance of services and activities offered by the centre and its partners are good. They include activities that are open to all families and those that are targeted at particular groups. Activities and services
are also well matched to the needs of priority groups and help to improve their well-being.’
The report says that Menston and Burley is a good centre because:
· Most families are registered with the centre. They have good access to the services and activities it provides and a large majority of families regularly use services.
· Centre staff know their community very well. Rather than just rely on existing data which paint a positive picture of the community, staff have used local knowledge and their partnership links to identify which groups of families have the most needs.
· Leadership, governance and management are highly effective in monitoring the centre’s performance. As a result, the centre continually improves the quality of its work and outcomes for families.
· The centre works very well with the local authority to promote free early years education access places. As a result, take-up rates for children from families with the most needs are very good.
· Parents’ involvement in decision making at the centre is exemplary. They are well represented on the advisory board but are also involved in selecting new members of staff.
The report highlighted two areas that the centre needs to develop to become an ‘Outstanding’ centre. The first is to further develop its tracking systems so that children’s progress can be monitored. The second is to strengthen and improve its evaluation
methods, by ensuring staff formally evaluate and record evaluations of all activities provided by external partner organisations.
Lizzie Hughes, Centre Manager for Menston and Burley Children’s Centre, said: "We are pleased with the report which highlights lots of good work that we are doing. We know there is more to do, and we are already putting steps in place that will help us make
Coun Ralph Berry, Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services, said: "This is a positive report that shows the centre is doing good work. The report acknowledges that the quality of leadership, governance and management is good and that the Council has set
ambitious targets for the centre.”