Merton Council’s Acacia Children’s Centre has been given the highest rating of ‘outstanding’ following an Ofsted inspection.
The centre, in Mitcham, was praised for being a vibrant community venue, providing services that local residents need and use regularly. These include the pre-school that provides free education for two-year olds, the toddle and talk group, play area and health checks service.
The report spoke highly of how successful the centre supports parents in the community. Its Job Club has helped 70% of members get back into work and through visiting the centre regularly, a large number of local parents have improved their educational, language and parenting skills. A special mention was given to the dedication and commitment shown by the staff and the strong partnerships built with local groups.
Merton’s cabinet member for children’s services, Councillor Maxi Martin said, “I am really proud that our Acacia Centre is being recognised for the brilliant work it does helping families in the community. Special thanks must go to the staff who work tirelessly to help young children and parents who visit the centre.”
Notes to editor
Ivy Gardens and St Mark’s Outreach centres in Mitcham, which were also inspected along with the Acacia Centre, form the South Mitcham Children’s Centre services.