A first inspection means celebration

Playtime: Haadiyah Chishty and Aisha Khalil, both aged three, get crafty
Playtime: Haadiyah Chishty and Aisha Khalil, both aged three, get crafty

THERE were celebrations all round at Jubilee Children’s Centre after it received its first Ofsted report.

Inspectors praised the welcoming environment which they said gives youngsters a sense of belonging and makes them eager to join in activities.

The centre, in Lightowler Road, Halifax, is attached to the children’s centre and opened in 2004.

It caters for 101 children up to the age of five and a large proportion have special-educational needs and/or disabilities.

A large number have English as a second language.

“The overall quality of the provision is good,” according to the inspectors.

“Children are safe, secure and enjoy their time at the nursery, and in addition outcomes for their health, wellbeing and safety are met well.”

The resources at the nursery were a key strength and their organisation and exceptional use promoted learning and development.

“All staff including area manager Michelle Attmere have a comprehensive awareness of safeguarding issues, the children are consistently well behaved and polite, and most make good progress in most areas of learning.”

Parents and children are involved in making important decisions about the nursery – for example in the recruitment and selection of staff.

The centre has received an award for promoting healthy eating and oral hygiene.