A COMMUNITY centre has cause for celebration after Ofsted rated its early years provision as good - just seven months after it was branded inadequate.

The education watchdog visited Wyke Community and Children’s Centre, Huddersfield Road, last month and judged the provision as being good in every area.

It marks a huge turnaround from the last inspection and the centre has welcomed the new rating.

Following the latest inspection, Ofsted said: “The management and staff have worked together very effectively to address the areas identified for improvement at the last inspection.

“The newly devised monitoring and evaluation systems are good and show targeted plans for ongoing continued improvements.

“The nursery manager and staff work very well in partnership with other agencies and professionals involved in children’s care. They seek advice and use targeted plans to ensure that children receive the support that they need.

“Staff have a good understanding of the learning and development requirements. “They observe children as they play and evaluate their observations well. Staff identify where children are in their learning and what they need to do to support their continuing progress.

“As a result, children make good progress, including those who have special

educational needs and/or disabilities.”

The report from inspector Helene Terry added: “Children’s self-confidence and self-awareness are promoted very well. They confidently make choices and are encouraged to be independent throughout the day.”

Safeguarding arrangements were said to be effective and the report said: “The refined system that was recently put in place to monitor the overall progress of the different groups of children is beginning to work well.

“This helps staff pinpoint any gaps in children’s learning and these gaps are beginning to close quickly.”

Staff were praised for their interaction with the children, who were described as developing “tolerance and understanding of the needs of others”.

The report also outlined that the children are “inquisitive, eager and motivated to learn”.

Centre manager Natalie Bartholomew said: "We are pleased with the new Ofsted rating. We are confident that outcomes for children have been consistently good within our nursery, however admittedly some of the registration paperwork had let us down previously.

"We have worked hard to address these issues and are delighted that this has been recognised within the report - along with all the other aspects of the nursery that we are very proud of. We would also like to thank all our parents and centre users who have been very supportive over the previous months."