Torrington a centre for early years training

Joseph Bulmer

BLUECOAT Children’s Centre, Infant and Nursery School in Torrington is one of only a handful to be selected by the government as one of its new Early Years Teaching Centres.

It will be one of the first of 16 Early Years Teaching Centres that will establish a national network that will demonstrate a commitment to early years training and practice.

The centres will aim to raise standards and improve children’s outcomes, working with foundation stage providers within their local areas.

Overall 182 applications were received from children’s centres, nursery schools and other providers.

Councillor Andrea Davis, Devon County Council’s lead member for children, said: “It’s absolutely fantastic that Torrington Bluecoat has been selected as an exemplary children’s centre for this new project.

After an outstanding Ofsted, this is the icing on the cake for the team at Bluecoat and its status will have a measurable impact across the region, as other children’s centres and early year’s settings benefit from the quality training and development being offered by Bluecoat.

Bluecoat school and children’s centre will work in partnership with a range of partners, including school-centred initial teacher training, Torrington Local Learning Community, multi-agency partners and local early years providers to help strengthen the early years workforce and raise the quality of early years practice.

Viv Jones, Bluecoat Children’s Centre Leader said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for Torrington and for Devon as a whole. The government was looking for children’s centres and nursery schools which could demonstrate both outstanding practice and the necessary capacity and experience to train others. Across Torrington and Devon we have many skilled practitioners with strengths in early years practice and our aim is to work with those practitioners to facilitate and share best practice, raise skills and understanding to develop even more effective services.”