Centres give our kids the surest start

Open day, Welholme Park Children's Centre, Brighouse
Open day, Welholme Park Children's Centre, Brighouse

Families were able to sample the services and projects being run at Wellholme Park Children’s Centre during its open day.

The centre, based on Bradford Road, welcomed visitors to meet the friendly staff team and take part in fun and creative activities.

Early years practitioner, Lisa Mountain, with five-month-old Harry Howarth-Smith and Reece Smith, at the open day, Welholme Park Children's Centre, Brighouse

Early years practitioner, Lisa Mountain, with five-month-old Harry Howarth-Smith and Reece Smith, at the open day, Welholme Park Children's Centre, Brighouse

The nursery welcomes children from birth to five years, offering childcare and early education.

The centre works closely with parents, school and partners to ensure it regularly reassesses the services it offers and the needs of the community.

The Sure Start children’s centres in the North Halifax Partnership, which now includes Wellholme Park, have also had positive feedback in their annual consultation.

Jill Webb, Children’s Services Manager, said: “The figures are very impressive considering that we have been through a difficult year from our Ofsted inspection to writing a bid to deliver children’s centres services, winning the bid then taking on the extended area which now takes our staff team to over 200.

“A staggering 648 questionnaires were completed. This was a 36 per increase on last year but during this time the children’s centres increased from six to ten which reflects this increase.

“Staff are proud of the results where overall 97 per cent of families rated their satisfaction at four to five and 100 per cent of families stated they felt safe in our centres.

“The comments from our local families are important to us to be able to improve the services we provide and meet the needs of our families. It also helps us understand any issues they have with the local community, which we will be able to pass onto the relevant services.”