Ely and Caerau Integrated Children's Centre Shines in Estyn Inspection


Ely and Caerau Integrated Children's Centre, situated on Michaelston Road in Ely, has received commendations in its recent inspection conducted by Estyn, His Majesty's Inspectorate for Education and Training in Wales.

Inspectors highlighted the centre's commitment to providing a safe, inspiring, and nurturing environment for young children.


Key highlights from the report include;

A Safe Haven for Learning and Play; The report emphasises the centre's success in creating a smooth transition for children from community family sessions and childcare through to the nursery and Meithrin. The leadership team are passionate about early childhood education and has effectively brought together all aspects of the provision, to foster an environment where children can explore, learn, and develop crucial skills.

Promoting Holistic Development; Practitioners were found to have a good understanding of child development, ensuring individualised attention to each child's needs and interests. The centre's focus on children's well-being and progress is evident in the strong emphasis on physical, creative, and critical thinking skills. The extensive outdoor experiences, including Forest School and Beach School, contribute significantly to their development.

Cameo - Capturing Progress through Learning Journals; The centre uses learning journals to document each child's progress, incorporating written observations, field notes, photographs, and videos. This method not only enriches the learning experience but also fosters a shared understanding of progression within the early years.

A Supportive and Inclusive Environment; The centre's commitment to inclusivity is reflected in its celebration of children's and practitioners' identity and experiences through photographs and displays. The report highlights the warmth and trust between practitioners and children, contributing to a strong sense of belonging.

Statutory Compliance; The inspection found that the centre is in full compliance with safeguarding arrangements, healthy eating and drinking practices, school finances, and health and safety (site security).

With no specific recommendations, the report encourages the centre to continue its improvement journey, building on the already impressive foundation.

Head of Centre, Annamaria Bevan said: "We are delighted with the outcome of our recent inspection. The teachers and practitioners at the centre are dedicated to their profession and work hard to ensure that the individual needs of children and families are met.

"We are proud to say that we use play and exploration as a vehicle for learning, supporting children through a freedom with guidance approach, enabling each and every child to make progress from their starting point."

Cardiff's Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Education, Cllr Sarah Merry said: "Ely and Caerau Integrated Children's Centre stands as a testament to the dedication and excellence of its leadership and staff in providing a nurturing environment for the holistic development of young children.

"I would like to congratulate staff on this positive report."

At the time if inspection, Ely and Caerau Children's Centre had 69 children on roll with 7% identified as having additional learning needs.