The Cleveland Unit Child Development Centre, based at James Cook hospital, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education watchdog Ofsted following an inspection in July.
The unit supports the children up to the ages of five who have special educational needs and disabilities, to learn and develop through play at challenging and appropriate levels.
The unit also provides parent/carer support, therapy sessions and support for children in mainstream schools.
The Ofsted report states that: “Staff are positive role models, which supports children in learning the boundaries and expectations from an early age. This prepares them very well for their next stage in learning.”
Jennie Kitchen, the Cleveland Unit manager, said: “We’re all very proud of this achievement, and I’m enormously grateful to all the staff, therapists, parents and carers who work together to help us to provide such a rich and varied experience for all the children.”