Tuning into children picture
Tuning into children picture

Education watchdog praises Kensington

A Liverpool Children’s Centre is being highlighted as an example of good practice by Ofsted for its work to support hard to reach families.

The education watchdog has singled out Kensington Children’s Centre for having “an impressive range of services and activities which encourages high rates if participation from the local community” and reaching “those most in need of intervention and support”.

The Centre opened in 2004, and 97 percent of all families living in the area are registered with it.

Last year, 77 percent of those registered took an active role in the centre’s activities – double the target number.

It offers a range of parenting courses which allow parents and carers to progress from one programme to the next.

There are also courses for people who do not have English as a first language which is particularly important as three quarter of families are from minority ethnic communities.

And the centre also delivers a range of National Open College Network validated qualifications, and City and Guild courses across a range of subjects including health and social care, child development and preparation for work.

It also runs a series of creative initiatives, including an arts exhibition with the Tate and a music scheme with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, in which children use instruments.

Councillor Jane Corbett, Cabinet member for children’s services, said: “It is fantastic news that Ofsted have recognised the immensely important work being carried out at Kensington Children’s Centre.

“The staff at all of our 26 centres are playing a key role in giving our young people the best possible start in life, and are doing a tremendous job, despite the reduction in funding we’ve been forced to pass on due to cuts in funding from central government.”

You can read more about the work of Kensington Children’s Centre here

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