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STAFF, parents and children are celebrating after receiving praise from Ofsted.

The North End and Willows Children’s Centre in Portsmouth was deemed good in a recent inspection.

Ofsted praised the centre’s partnership initiatives, working with pre-schools and other partners to make sure children are prepared for school.

Catherine Kickham, early support manager at Portsmouth City Council said: ‘Giving local families the services they need and seamlessly guiding the journey from babyhood to school is what children’s centres aim to do.

‘The community gains when these services are well delivered and Ofsted has recognised the quality of service provided by this centre.’

Ofsted also praised the centre’s ability to identify new parents and encourage teenage and single parents to attend the centre for support.

Mia Jenkins, lead practitioner, said: ‘Giving our local children the best possible start in life is vital, so we’re very happy to have been given this rating by Ofsted.’