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Rossmore Children’s Centre and Branksome Children’s Centre given 'inadequate' Ofsted rating
A CHILDREN’S centre in one of the most deprived areas of Poole is failing its most needy families.
Rossmore Children’s Centre in Herbert Avenue, along with Branksome Children’s Centre in Poole Road, run by Borough of Poole, have been rated inadequate by Ofsted.
Run as a group under one general manager, there are 1,693 children under five living in the group’s area and the inspection took place in July.
The report says access to services is inadequate because not enough children and families from key target groups use the activities and services.
The quality of practice and services and the effectiveness of leadership, governance and management both require improvement.
It says the centre manager has too little information to help plan activities and services for families not using the centres and family outreach workers assessments of families’ needs vary too much in quality.
The group needs to increase the number of mothers breastfeeding their babies, staff do not monitor whether parents take up courses and training and not enough information is collated to enable the long term impact of the group to be tracked.
“Although it is disappointing to receive an overall Ofsted grading of inadequate, it is important that we focus on the positive comments made by the inspectors,” said Vicky Wales, head of children, young people and learning, Borough of Poole.
“The report recognises that we are delivering good quality and safe services to those families who receive them and that we are engaging well with those families who we do see.
“Unfortunately, we do not have a high enough proportion of all the children within the reach areas registered with the children’s centres and so are not engaged in providing support for sufficient numbers of families that come from targeted disadvantaged groups.”
“We acknowledge that this is an area that we need to address as we aim to engage with more families. This is, and remains, a priority for the staff.”
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