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History & Context

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History & Context

Sure Start Palfrey Children’s Centre was one of the five original Sure Start Local Programmes (SSLPs) developed in Walsall. It was designated in 2002, to serve a reach area of 685 under 4s, with a significant BME population.  In 2006 it became a Phase One Children’s Centre, and since 2008, it has managed the development and delivery of services for the Phase Three Chuckery and Paddock Children’s Centre which closed in April 2015 as a result of the reorganisation Walsall Children’s Centres. Despite the closure of it’s other Centre, the Chuckery, Paddock and Park Hall areas continue to be covered by Sure Start Palfrey Children’s Centre.

“Outstanding” Yet Again!!!

Sure Start Palfrey Children’s Centre has two “Outstanding” Ofsted judgements to it’s name, having once again being rated “Outstanding” in every category by Ofsted in its July 2015 inspection to add to the “Outstanding” in every category Ofsted rating it achieved in its first inspection in 2010. The access to services by young children and families, the quality of practice and services and the effectiveness of leadership, governance and management were all rated as “Outstanding” by the Ofsted inspectors.

Sure Start Palfrey is seen as a pioneering “beacon” Children’s Centre, driven by community involvement and committed to enabling local children and families realise their full potential.

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The area covered by Sure Start Palfrey…

The Sure Start Palfrey Children’s Centre catchment area is a typical inner urban area with many social issues but also a thriving multi cultural community in which it is a pleasure to work. There is a large BME community with Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi being the biggest groups in the Palfrey and Caldmore areas. The Indian community has within it a large Gujarati Muslim community.   Increasing numbers of families from A8 countries (e.g. Polish, Hungarian, Slovakian, Slovenian, Romanian).

There are significant levels of income deprivation in the area, particularly in the north of the Palfrey/ Caldmore/ Delves CAP area, compounded by high levels of young people not in employment, education or training (NEET) (Source: Palfrey, Caldmore, Delves CAP” by  Walsall NHS, Public Health Department, March 2010).

In terms of the dimensions of deprivation (e.g. income, employment, health and disability, education/skills/training, barriers to housing and services, living environment , crime) as measured by the Index Of Multiple Deprivation (IMD) the Children’s Centre is serving a “very disadvantaged” reach area.

For example, the Caldmore North, Caldmore West, Palfrey North, New Mills East, Caldmore South lower super output areas are amongst the top 10% (IMD 2007) most deprived in the country.

Bescot East, Palfrey South and Caldmore East lower super out areas are amongst the top 20% (IMD 2007) most deprived in the country.

The Fullbrook and Bescot West lower super output areas are amongst the top 30% (IMD 2007) most deprived in the country.


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