Thursday, 18 June 2009

I moved on to another outstanding learning place led by another outstanding woman...

I visited Shakespeare Children's Centre where Chris Raddelar, the Children's Centre Manager, and her team are doing wonderful things for some of our youngest children. The Centre also provides a base for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired Team to run their Resourced Nursery and do early intervention work with children and their families.

The Centre provides a really exceptional learning environment for the children of this culturally rich and very diverse area of Leeds. Relationships with parents and carers are very obviously a real strength. Chris is a real asset to the Children's Centre and the primary school and she has created a team ethos and culture on which we can build something outstanding to serve this community.

We are so lucky to have such outstanding early years provision attached to a wonderful primary school on a 21st Century learning campus with Primrose High School. We know that every aspect of our offer to this community has to be outstanding and we must understand the connections, the connectivity and the partnerships that underpin this provision. We need to develop a new vocabulary and a new set of understandings around how the pieces of the jigsaw puzzle are put together consistently and coherently and powerfully connected to build brilliant provision to serve this important piece of the city.

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