Staff

OUR AIMS

We work to the guidelines of Good Practice for Pre-schools, issued by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, of which we are members. We aim to provide a well-ordered, safe, stimulating and happy environment in which the children are encouraged through a variety of activities to learn through play.
In accordance with current government educational policy, we follow The Early Years Foundation Stage Principles contained in the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage – Setting the standards for learning, development and care for children from birth to five. Adhering to the following aspects:
  • A Unique Child – every Child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.
  • Positive Relationships – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of a loving and secure relationships with parents and/or a key person.
  • Enabling Environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning. 
  • Learning and Development – The early years foundation stage is made of seven equally important interconnected areas of learning and development. Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and the seven areas together make up the skills, knowledge and experiences appropriate for children as they grow, learn and develop. The seven areas are:
    • Communication and language
    • Physical development
    • Personal, social and emotional development
    • Literacy
    • Mathematics
    • Understanding the world
    • Expressive arts and design
       

STAFFING

We encourage all staff to continue their professional development as well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education.
The preschool staff take part in mandatory training as required by Ofsted, to help them keep up-to-date on all aspects of childcare from fire safety and first aid, to child protection and specific training around the Early Years Foundation Stage principles. This may mean that the pre-schools could be closed for training and development inset days, but notice is given in advance.
 

KEY PERSON

Each preschools setting assigns a key person to each child.
This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom they have special responsibilities.They will give them reassurance and make them feel safe and well cared for. They will be the person who works with you to make sure that your child’s needs and interests are being met by the preschool. They will complete records of development and progress, which can be shared with you at any time you request.
 

PRE-SCHOOL PROFILES

The key person keeps a record of the development and progress of their assigned children.
Staff and parents working together on children's profiles is one of the ways in which the preschool and parents work in partnership to support each and every child. Your child's key person will work with you to complete this record and to do this the key person will, with your help, collect information about your child's needs, activities and interests to identify your child's next stage of progress.