Fenland children’s centre receives glowing Ofsted report

March Children’s Centre Receives Glowing Ofsted Report

March Children’s Centre Receives Glowing Ofsted Report - Credit: Archant

A Fenland children’s centre has received a glowing report from Ofsted.

March & District Children’s Centre, of Cavalry Drive, March, was described as “good” by inspectors, who visited last month.

The centre, which is run by Ormiston Children’s and Families’ Trust on behalf of Cambridgeshire County Council, opened in 2008 and works with families affected by domestic abuse, drug or alcohol use and mental health problems.

They also support families affected by disability, living in poverty, lone parent families and young parents.

Lead inspector Christine Field said: “Highly effective support work ensures that families affected by domestic violence, mental health issues or drugs and alcohol misuse receive timely and expert help to overcome their problems.

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“The large majority of visits to families in their home involve workless families with young children, who also benefit from specific help with managing debts and finances.

“Children are well prepared for school through activities such as ‘Little Learners’ which contribute very well to their learning and development.

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“The volunteering programme successfully builds parents’ workplace skills; some go into paid employment following their experience.

“The good range of parenting courses helps priority families, including young parents who meet as a specific group, to build their confidence and skills.”

The centre was praised for the support it provides to families with children who have additional needs.

The inspector said: “Outstanding provision is made for children with additional needs through the ‘Stepping Stones’ programme and weekly ‘Bubbly Bugs’ group.

“Parents identify strongly how important the network of support they receive from the centre is and how much reassurance they get from having expert help at hand.

“Parents always feel welcome at the centre and at the outreach venues they attend.

“As a result, parents and their disabled children, young parents, families from minority ethnic groups, and fathers all attend in good numbers.”

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