South Tyneside children getting top nursery education, find inspectors

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Parents in South Tyneside are being invited to take advantage of the borough’s top-rated nursery provision.

Every nursery in South Tyneside has been rated as good or outstanding by the Government’s school’s watchdog Ofsted.

The ratings mark a massive improvement over the last three years when just 66.7 per cent of providers secured “good” or “outstanding” grades.

South Tyneside Council says that, despite Government cutbacks, it has continued to invest in its children’s centres to offer support and activities for families, ranging from advice on breast feeding, quitting smoking and healthy eating to infant massage and stay-and-play parent and toddler sessions.

The last year has also seen 25 per cent more people take part in activities and sessions than in the previous year, with more than 80,000 recorded visits to the borough’s children’s centres.

Coun Joan Atkinson, the council’s lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “Making sure our youngsters have the very best start in life is crucial.

“We know that children benefit from high-quality early years provision so I’m delighted that every single child in the borough is now receiving care that is graded good or above, regardless of where they live.”

One person who knows the value of children’s centres is mum-of-two Serina Mushens.

Serina has been using the children’s centres for six years and credits them with turning her life around after she had post-natal depression.

She said: “The staff at the children’s centres have been amazing. They really have helped me turn my life around. The support from all the staff has been so positive, it’s made me go out and do so much more.”

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