Sure Start Children’s Centre


Name Sure Start Children’s Centre
Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Inspection Date 15 December 2014
Address Howgill Family Centre, Catherine Street, Whitehaven, CA28 7PA
Phone Number 01946 694 295
Type Childcare on Non-Domestic Premises, Full day care
Gender Mixed

Information about the setting

Sure Start Children’s Centre was registered in 2000 and is on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. It is situated in a converted glass warehouse in the centre of Whitehaven in Cumbria, and is managed by the Howgill Family Centre. The setting serves children from the immediate, urban and extended rural areas. Children have access to a main playroom, a reception area and toilet facilities. There is a secure outdoor area for children to access. The setting employs eight members of childcare staff. Of these, one holds an appropriate early years qualification at level 4, five hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3 and one holds an appropriate early years qualification at level 2. The children’s services manager holds Early Years Professional status. The setting opens Monday to Friday, during term time. Sessions are from 9am until 3pm. Children attend for a variety of sessions. There are currently 30 children attending who are in the early years age group. The setting provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children. It supports a number of children who speak English as an additional language and children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. What the setting needs to do to improve further To further improve the quality of the early years provision the provider should: enhance the already excellent systems for performance management to allow staff to undertake peer observations as identified in the detailed development plan.