Rt Hon Lord Lilley

    Peter Lilley met staff and children from Harpenden Children’s Centre on Friday to recognize the work of the Centre, recently rated Outstanding by Ofsted and to congratulate the team on being selected by Hertfordshire County Council to provide the Children’s Centres service in Wheathampstead and Redbourn as well as Harpenden.

    “I was very impressed by the approach Harpenden Children’s Centre has adopted to provide an exceptional service to young children and I am delighted that their hard work has been rewarded by their Outstanding Ofsted report last year,” said Peter.

    “I strongly support the vital role that these Centres play in supporting parents to give their children the best start in life. They work with many partners including health visitors, midwives, schools, pre-schools, childcare providers and community groups to provide access to universal early year’s services. Under the management of Pat Everett, a key strength of the Centre has also been its ability to reach out and work with vulnerable families, who are often most in need of early year’s child support.

    “Following a decision by Hertfordshire County Council in September 2014 to retain all 82 of its children’s centres and to group them together locally into 29 groups, Batford Nursery School successfully tendered to continue to provide the Children’s Centres service in Harpenden from the Batford and Southdown sites and in addition, from 1st April 2015, the centres serving Wheathampstead and Redbourn. By working together these centres will be able to ensure children in our communities have access to high-quality early years care and education and will consequently enter school much better prepared than in many other areas of the country.”