HAILSHAM: Positive change for family life, thanks to centre

HAILSHAM East Children’s Centre is bringing about ‘positive change’ for families in the town, according to Government inspectors.

The Ofsted inspectors spoke to staff, managers, partner organisations and parents who use the services as part of the inspection visits carried out in February.

They also visited various group sessions held at the East Sussex County Council managed centre in Vega Close.

They have concluded that the overall effectiveness of the centre is “good” and that users value and enjoy their time there as well as the “good care, guidance and support offered by staff”. In their report the inspectors said the centre offers a safe, secure and welcoming environment, and that outcomes for users are good overall.

Parents see it as part of the local community and feel able to drop in at any time.

There was praise for the range of training offered to local families including parenting courses and ICT learning resources. Inspectors also highlighted the effective volunteering scheme that operates from the centre.

Concluding that outreach work from the centre is bringing about positive change in the local community, the report said that staff “know the community well and show a good understanding of and sensitivity to the diverse needs of the area it serves”.

The inspectors also highlighted areas where the centre can improve still further.

These included developing further strategies to improve healthy lifestyle choices, strengthening equality and diversity across the centre, improving the business planning and strengthening the governance arrangements.

East Sussex County Council Lead Member for Children’s and Adults’ Services, Cllr Keith Glazier, said, “I am delighted with the findings of this report.

“It shows that this centre really is making a difference for this local community in Hailsham.”