In line with the Family Mosaic core values of improving the health, wealth and wellbeing of its residents, Old Oak Housing Association understood that as a community based organisation, they were in an excellent position to make a difference to the lives of local families by extending their existing community centre to a children’s centre.
After gaining designated status for a children’s centre in 2007 time was spent consulting with local parents to ensure that the services of the new centre would respond to the needs of local children and families. Local parents even had an input on the design of the refurbished building. After its launch in 2009, the success of the centre has continued to grow- with over 800 local families now registered and 500 people attending.
At the end of November, Ofsted, the regulatory body responsible for standards in education, children’s services and skills, decided to give the Old Oak Community and Children’s Centre, an early Christmas present- their first inspection!
With only four days’ notice before the inspection took place, staff at the centre put their well-rehearsed preparations into action.
Over the course of two days, Ofsted inspectors visited the centre and interviewed the people who work with or use the centre; from the head teacher at the local primary school, the local police, the people who provide services – and of course the parents of the children who attend.
After an anxious wait, staff were delighted to be told they had been graded “GOOD” on every criteria for inspection, including its overall effectiveness and the opportunities available for families. The report commented on how staff at the centre are ‘passionate about improving life chances for families within the reach area and how their work has good impact.’
David Leach, Director of Old Oak said,
“This is an excellent result for the team and the communities they serve and reflects a great deal of hard work over the last three years.”
This is a great result for the relatively new Children’s Centre, and is a good sign of things to come.
The Ofsted inspections result confirms that in a short space of time the Old Oak Community and Children’s centre has become an invaluable space for adults and children to learn new skills and improve their wellbeing and feel safe. The full report can be read here. Ofsted Report 2012