The Brentry & Henbury Children’s Centre (BHCC) was originally set up in the grounds of Brentry Primary School as a Neighbourhood Nursery by the Charity that bears the same name in 2004 with funding from the National Lottery. Members of a local Playgroup and the local community commissioned research into the need for childcare and family support within the locality (Kimberlee, 2003) to gain the funding needed. Continuing as members of the voluntary sector we became a Children’s Centre in 2006 with our second site opening in Henbury in 2008; we currently meet all aspects of the Core Offer at both of our centres.
We have a proven track record of delivering high quality services for young children and their families. The community services we offer are well received by our community and we have an excellent history of effective multi-agency working. We shall continue to build upon the strong practice we have established over the past 10 years, sharing our learning from the development of both a Phase 1 and a Phase 2 Children’s Centre providing services to a diverse and often challenging community. We will continue to extend our expertise by working in partnership with existing provision in the area and continue to seek to access support from specialist partner colleagues.
All of the work we do is underpinned by a strong set of principles, values and we share an ambitious vision which we have embedded in all aspects of our children’s centres provision. Our team is more than people who work together in the same area; we share a clear vision of the future which we have reached as a team. Though in the main we share these concepts external pressures are constantly exerted that could cause the team to divide. We have learnt we need co-operation, motivation, communication and a joint response to pressure, both internal and external. The journey can be difficult at times, but has given us a feeling of ownership of our Centres and pride in our work. Our plans take time to conceive as we encourage everyone to have a voice and for that voice to be heard. We include parents and partners when setting our plans for the future.
We believe that our Children’s Centres should be a positive, happy, caring learning community that is truly committed to:
- Putting the needs and aspirations of our children and their families first.
- Being a part of our local community
- Supporting children and their families to have the confidence to achieve their ambitions and aspirations.
- Valuing and respecting everyone.
- Celebrating and respecting people’s differences.
- Being open minded, flexible, dynamic and willing to change to meet need.
- Listening to the voices of children and adults.
- Providing high quality learning opportunities for everyone.
- Working in partnership with parents and our community.
BHCC Improvement Plan