Reports from two independent inspections of Herefordshire children’s centres have been published on the Ofsted website. Golden valley Children’s Centre, Peterchurch and Ryefield Children’s Centre in Ross-on-Wye were rated as ‘requiring improvement’ and ‘Inadequate’ respectively following the visits in February 2015.
The team of inspectors spoke to managers, staff, parents and other professionals to understand the strengths and areas for development for each.
The inspectors commented on the particular strengths of the centres, including support to families at times of crisis and the activities to support for children with speech and language difficulties. The expertise and commitment of staff were also praised however it was recognised there are still aspects that needed improvement at both.
The local authority, which has responsibility for the centres will be working closely with the advisory boards, the local community and other agencies to strengthen the services.
Councillor Jeremy Millar, cabinet member for children’s services, said: ‘Although disappointed, we accept the reports as an accurate appraisal of the children’s centres visited. We have taken immediate action to address the most pressing matters and will be working hard with partners to achieve sustainable improvements.’