Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ofsted Gives Top Markks to Early Years Nursery Service

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Ofsted Gives Top Markks to Early Years Nursery Service

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Stockton's SureStart is flying high.

Alongside celebrating news of a glowing government inspection at three of its day care nurseries, its newly opened family centre in Thornaby is thriving.

SureStart Stockton's first programme was launched in 2000.

Based in Ragworth Neighbourhood Centre it provided a comprehensive community based programme of early intervention and family support.

It has since expanded across the borough with five programmes covering the wards of Hardwick, Mile House and Roseworth; Newtown, Portrack and Tilery, Mandale Village and Stainsby and Parkfield and Victoria and Billingham.

Providing the best possible start in life for children by supporting healthy development and early education remains its key priority.

In 2003 Stockton Council's early years and childcare service merged with SureStart local programmes to become SureStart Stockton-on-Tees, and services have continued to target disadvantaged areas.

Each programme area also boasts a day care nursery where high quality childcare and education is offered.

Three of these Stepping Stones nurseries, located in the heart of the communities they serve, recently received a 'Good' rating in Ofsted - Office for Standards in Education - inspections.

Staff at Ochill Terrace in Billingham, Bath Lane in Stockton and Redhill Road in Roseworth are still celebrating the news.

Judy Walker, quality assurance manager for SureStart Stockton, said: "The outcome of this, our first Ofsted Inspection, is very much down to the commitment and hard work of all of our staff.

"The last six months have seen our nurseries grow and develop. They are in high demand with parents who recognise and acknowledge the quality care and education we provide, in purpose built, well resourced day nurseries."

Inspections are expected to be carried out shortly at its nurseries in Thornaby's Gilmour Road and Tedder Avenue.

SureStart provides a range of services in relation to childcare provision, child development, and parenting skills and support. …

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