Top marks for Sunderland teenage mother unit

Staff from the B2B Project at The Place
Staff from the B2B Project at The Place
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A TEEN mum unit in Sunderland is celebrating after receiving a glowing report.

The nursery at the Bumps to Babies, B2b, Project in Hendon has been rated as outstanding by Ofsted.

B2b, run by Sunderland City Council, offers specialised services for parents aged 19 and under where children can be cared for while their mums can improve their skills.

Everyone is delighted by the report following a visit from the education watchdogs.

Tracy Rawding, nursery manager, said: “The B2b staff are extremely proud of the service we provide.

“We are delighted that our hard work and commitment has been recognised with this outstanding judgement from Ofsted.”

Councillor Paul Watson, leader of the city council, said: “The childcare provided at the centre gives young mothers the chance to develop their education, parenting and life skills alongside their babies and other families.

“It also involves babies in an exciting and challenging range of activities and experiences which helps their early development.”

Ofsted bosses said: “The staff team has an excellent understanding of the learning and development requirements, which they use to plan an exciting and challenging range of activities and experiences 
for each child.

“Children make outstanding progress, as a result of staff awareness of individual needs and precise 
assessment and planning for all children.”

Inspectors said the needs of youngsters are quickly identified and exceptionally well met.

They said: “Superb partnerships are in place to involve parents and carers in their child’s learning and development, which means that children are very well supported in their learning at home.

“Staff are enthusiastic, highly motivated, caring and fully involved with the children.

“Therefore, children are confident, very happy individuals who learn and achieve extremely well.”

Inspectors said staff show an excellent knowledge and understanding of the safeguarding and welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and robust policies and procedures are implemented.

To further improve, the B2b project needs to continue to monitor and evaluate the systems in place which support and complement children’s learning and development, to ensure that the outstanding practice already achieved is sustained.