A CHILDREN'S centre has maintained its 'good' rating in its latest Ofsted report.

Darfield Children's Centre was last assessed by the inspection body in 2011 and the latest report, published last week, said the centre had maintained its high standards.

The report notes the centre's staff are aware of the needs of children in the village and focus teaching for the very youngest children on communication, language and personal development.

Props are frequently used to enhance language development and 'Makaton' symbols are used to help children not yet competent in language or whose first language is not English.

Children with special needs were also described as making rapid progress due to staff's early intervention.

Children were said to be independent in their exploration of activities and resources at the centre, as well as 'happy and settled' and staff shared progress feedback with parents on a daily basis.

Staff were described as being 'very good' role models, which in turn meant children built relationships with each other based on mutual respect. They were also able to make choices about the food they ate encouraging their understanding of healthy lifestyles.

Children's safety was described as being given a high priority and staff were encouraged to evaluate their own performance, as well as attending weekly meetings and regular appraisals.

The centre was described as not yet being 'outstanding' - the highest achievable rating - as open-ended questions and planned activities were sometimes inconsistent. It was also noted there was scope to improve relationships with parents by making it more clear who to go to with complaints.