Families with young children in Bromyard are receiving good services thanks to a partnership arrangement between Herefordshire Council and H.O.P.E. Family Centre.
H.O.P.E. manages the Bromyard children’s centre on behalf of the council, providing health services, family support and adult training. The centre also provides early years childcare for children from birth to four years old, a holiday play scheme for children aged up to 10 years and offers advice and guidance to parents on a range of issues including childcare facilities available within the local community.
Following an inspection by Ofsted just before Christmas, the inspector’s findings have been just been published in a report: the inspector judges the centre to be good with outstanding features.
The report pays tribute to the centre’s role in the community referring to it as a highly respected and valued children’s centre that plays a significant role in the life of the community. Praise is given to the effective leadership, good team-working and excellent partnership arrangements the centre has and its strong community involvement. This has resulted in Bromyard having a good-quality provision where everyone is welcomed, included and valued.
In addition, the inspection report makes reference to the highly effective inter-agency working with skilled professions. This means that the needs of potentially vulnerable families can be identified at an early stage and help provided quickly before things get out of hand. This approach is making considerable improvement to the lives of children and families who are use the centre.
Sheenagh Davis, CEO for H.O.P.E. said: “The excellent Ofsted report is a reflection that hard work and perseverance pays off. At H.O.P.E. there is a motivated, enthusiastic and highly experienced team of staff and volunteers who really are making a difference in the lives of families and the community. I was particularly pleased with the outstanding features which highlighted our work with partners and the positive contribution we make to the lives of the families we work alongside".
Councillor Patricia Morgan, cabinet member for health and wellbeing, Herefordshire Council, said: “We would like to congratulate our partners, the H.O.P.E. Family Centre on this excellent inspection result. The centre has built up strong relationships with over 400 families that use its services on a regular basis, and is making a real difference to the lives of local people.”