Ramsbottom Children’s Centre on Carr Street, opposite the Library, has just received its OFSTED report.
It is a tribute to the hardworking staff involved that it has been classified as Good with some outstanding features. Ofsted has confirmed that the “care, guidance and support offered to families are outstanding”.
The Children’s Centre, which I was honoured to officially open in the early part of 2011, operates from a purpose-built building but also uses room in the library along with a number of other local community venues.
The centre serves children from birth to five years and their families. It offers family support and early learning services. There are over 800 families in Ramsbottom with children under five.
The centre has developed a range of activities that offer an opportunity for babies and children to be active. These include ‘Wellies and Worms’ [which my 3 year old son thoroughly enjoys!], walks for families in the local park, ‘Tiddlers’ swimming and ‘Baby Moves’, an active session for babies.
Provision of ante- and postnatal support, through ‘Bump and Beyond’, along with a drop-in breastfeeding clinic, ‘Baby Bistro’, has led to improved confidence in breastfeeding and general baby care. Very good breastfeeding support is available and is particularly effective in responding to the needs of professional women returning to work. Expertise has been developed to respond to the small but growing number of women suffering from postnatal depression.
Activities take place at flexible times and include a Saturday morning dads’ group.
There are strong links with health partners, the local registrar, with housing and other statutory agencies. Work is presently being undertaken with Bury Council to secure and extend links with the education services, including local schools and early years provision.
Well done to all staff concerned.