All of our staff who work directly with the children or behind the scenes in our admin departments are fully police checked and cleared to work with children and our nursery staff have childcare qualifications that have either been obtained at college or university or have been gained whilst working on a modern apprenticeship scheme. Photographs of our staff are displayed in all of our nurseries and staff wear uniforms that are relaxed and comfortable to work in and make them easily identifiable at all times to other staff members, the children, visitors, parents and carers.
Staff training is on-going either externally or internally delivered by our experienced Early Years teachers and staff who have undergone additional specialist training. We also welcome and appreciate the help and support given to us by County Council advisors who visit us regularly to ensure that we are always up to date and providing the highest standards of childcare that we can.
Being part of a small group of nurseries enables us to cover staff holidays and sickness without using agency and temporary staff, so staff who cover are aware of our policies, procedures and practices and are already police checked and trained by us. It also gives staff added training, working with other practitioners with different skills and talents to take back to their base nursery.
We also aim where possible to employ our staff to work 4 long days instead of 5 shorter ones. This gives us a bank of staff to call upon if required and means that however long your child’s day at nursery is, staff you drop your child off with in the morning will still be there when you collect.
Consistency of care means peace of mind for you and security for your child
And if things don’t go exactly as you had hoped, our Nursery Managers are always available to discuss your concerns and issues and as they are supported by our Senior Managers there is always someone they can call on for help and advice. Being a small company also means that if you need to you can go straight to our Managing Director, Michelle Harris, who is also always available for a chat or a meeting.
Nothing is more important to us than solving a problem for a parent
Being located on or close to school sites we aim to make the transition to school as easy as possible for parents and enable easy drop off and collection for parents with school age children. It also helps our preschool children adapt more confidently to school life because of our close working relationships with the teachers.
Outside we have secure play areas where a lot of our learning takes place in all weathers with toys and games, bikes, trikes, play houses and mud kitchens. We understand that learning takes place in many different ways and outside learning especially suits many children and gives them an additional freedom to explore.
Our buildings have been specifically designed to suit the growing independence of children as they progress through their early years. There are toilet facilities that can be easily accessed from the room, sinks and hand washing facilities at child level and good quality equipment from traditional and natural wooden jigsaws and counting lines to computers and tablets to enable an early understanding of the modern world.
Every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Our nurseries aim to provide a secure, safe and happy environment for a child and will promote teaching and learning to ensure a child’s ‘school readiness’. Children are given a broad range of knowledge and skills that provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.