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Ellesmere Children’s Centre in Burngreave, Sheffield is one of the best performing children’s centres in England according to inspectors from Ofsted, the Government’s office that inspects and regulates children’s services. EEC Ofsted Cake2web

The recent inspection by Ofsted found Ellesmere Children’s Centre to be Outstanding in all areas of provision, including quality of practice, leadership, governance and access to services by children and their families. The assessment puts the Centre in the top performing 4% of children’s centres of its type in England.

Centre Manager, Dr. Sharon Curtis, says everyone is blown away at the achievement; “To get awarded outstanding across all areas is totally amazing. The inspectors said some wonderful things in their latest report, including that all children, including the two-year- olds, are making superb progress in their learning and development and that our children are developing excellent social skills in preparation for the later move into school. They also put a strong emphasis on how committed the staff team is to working with families and keeping them informed of children’s progress. We are absolutely thrilled to be recognised in this way.”

The Centre celebrated the announcement by having a special event to which all parents were invited and for which Centre Administrator Libby Hamilton baked a special “Ofsted Outstanding” cake.

Ellesmere Children’s Centre has been catering for 0-5 year-olds in and around Burngreave for over 15 years. It is a registered charity and is run as a social enterprise, providing care and education for up to 50 children.

The Ofsted report identified a number of key areas where the Centre was excelling including:

A commitment by staff and the committee to making safeguarding a priority

  • The provision of rich, varied and imaginative teaching techniques
  • Superb parent/teacher relationships
  • Stimulating and creative play that leads to excellent behaviour by the children

“We won’t be resting on our laurels following the outcome of this report. The inspectors said that to improve further we need to extend the already successful relationships with parents and provide even more inspiring learning opportunities for children. That will be out aim so that the next time Ofsted pay us a visit, they go away again knowing we are outstanding,” said Dr. Sharon Curtis.


Notes to editors:

Photo caption – L-R Ellesmere Children’s Centre staff Emily Headford, Dr. Sharon Curtis, Crystal Wright, Lisa Bramhall and Jo Gash prepare to cut the celebration Ofsted cake.

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Ellesmere Children’s Centre is located on Maxwell Street, Burngreave, Sheffield, S4 7JN

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