Good Ofsted for Maypole centre

Maypole childrens centre annual community barbecue.'Olivia Perry and Dale Taylor-Burnley
Maypole childrens centre annual community barbecue.'Olivia Perry and Dale Taylor-Burnley
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A Children’s centre that gets a ‘10 out of 10’ from parents has scored highly with Ofsted inspectors too.

The Maypole Children’s Centre in Gawthorpe was judged to be ‘good’ in a recently published report.

Inspectors said: “This centre has quickly established itself at heart of the community and is an accessible and much needed resource when help is needed.

“The outstanding care, guidance and support provided by a knowledgeable and caring staff team are empowering families to deal with any crises in an effective and productive way. Parents are confident to access services when they need them most, even if they have not used the centre for a while, as they are guaranteed a warm welcome and do not feel judged.”

The centre, which opened in 2008, delivers a range of services for the community, including play sessions, speech and language support, family learning courses, community events and individual support for families.

The report said: “The centre has a positive impact on the health and well-being of local families.”

Inspectors praised baby massage sessions, which help parents bond with their babies, and cooking courses, which help them reduce bills. Parents described the centre as ‘fantastic in every way.’

The report said the centre, based in the grounds of Gawthorpe Community Academy and run by its governing body, was very aware of the difficulties and challenges faced by families within its reach area of 1,029 children, for example, those who feel isolated or are experiencing domestic violence.