Joy as Ofsted delivers ‘outstanding’ rating for unique autism care hub Sunbeams Play in Great Yarmouth

PUBLISHED: 10:09 20 September 2017

Youngsters who benefit from the outstanding service delivered at Sunbeams Play spell out Ofsted's verdict. Photo: Sunbeams Play

Youngsters who benefit from the outstanding service delivered at Sunbeams Play spell out Ofsted's verdict. Photo: Sunbeams Play

Sunbeams Play

One of the only autism centres of its kind in the county has been placed in the highest possible category by Ofsted.

Sunbeams Play in Gapton Hall Road, Great Yarmouth, has been handed a report that flags all of its work as outstanding.

Inspectors visited for the first time since the centre opened in March 2015 and found nothing but good things to say about what went on.

The out-of-school hub which also offers a range of clubs and training was tagged an “exceptionally high quality provision.”

Support coordinator Sue Carr, said everyone was delighted with the outcome and an open day was being planned so the wider public could have a look round.

Some 44 children aged three to 18 receive support at Sunbeams, which delivers programmes that are not available elsewhere in the borough through the Cygnets scheme.

Mrs Carr said it was good to be told everything was working perfectly.

The centre, which also supports families and goes into schools, takes diagnosed children as well as those who have not had a formal assessment but whose family may have concerns.

Run as a charity and totally reliant on grant funding as well as the support of the BBC ‘s Children in Need appeal, it employs 10 staff who are said to be “well qualified and very experienced.”

The glowing report states: “The management team has worked tirelessly to develop an exceptionally high-quality provision that excels in supporting the unique needs of children with autism and their families.

“Leaders and staff work extremely well together to reflect on the provision.

“Parents and children are wholly included in the ongoing evaluation, which supports the team to develop priorities for future improvements.”

Elsewhere it adds that staff have an excellent knowledge and understanding of how each child develops and learns.

Liz Prentice, chair of trustees, said: “The trustees of Sunbeams Play are extremely proud of the outstanding grade given by Ofsted. It is entirely due to the hard work, commitment and dedication of the management team led by Monica Bates and her staff who provide an excellent service for our children, young people and families.”

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