A centre for children and families in Corby has been judged outstanding by Ofsted inspectors.
Following the inspection in January, the Pen Green Centre was graded outstanding for its leadership and management, the services it provides and its effectiveness.
The centre provides health care services, educational opportunities, baby and toddler provision, a creche, after school clubs and groups for young parents and fathers, as well as offering family visits.
Tracy Gallagher, its deputy head, said: “It’s the parents who drive everything forward. When the centre was first set up parents were asked what they wanted and we have always stayed true to the ethos of listening to their voices.
“They serve on the governing body and on committees and speak at conferences.
“Here, we are aspirational for everyone. People tell us what they want to do and we believe in them.”
Of the centre’s 100-strong staff, half were parents who used its services and went on to further education. Of the staff team, 76 per cent are graduates. Last year 100 parents completed adult education courses going on to find a job, a voluntary position or to further education.
Inspectors said high quality play and skilful teaching ensure children make excellent progress.
The Ofsted report said: “This busy and vibrant centre extends a warm and inclusive welcome which parents firmly embrace. Outstanding leadership and management and an unwavering commitment to improving services for children and families which builds their confidence and life skills underpin everything the centre does.”