The majority of our staff team are trained to Level 3 (BTEC, NNEB, NVQ) and above. In addition we have an Early Years Teacher and four of our staff hold Level 6 BA Honours Degrees in Childcare. All of our staff are highly experienced and selected for their enthusiasm, dedication and love of children. We believe in ongoing training to maintain and enhance our staff development. By attending regular training sessions both internally and externally our staff are kept abreast of new developments within childcare, best practice and legislation.
Over 85% of our staff have a first aid certificate (paediatric), and there are always several qualified first aiders present.
In addition to our staffs main qualification between them they have also achieved qualifications in many other supporting areas:
Play worker status for After school Club, EYFS- ‘Early Years Foundation Stage’, Behaviour Management, Promoting Positive Behaviour, Practical Maths, ICT, Transition to School, Story Sacks, Movement and Coordination Skills, How to Support children with English as an Additional Language, Mouth Matters- Language Development, SENCO, Food Hygiene, Dietary requirements and food intolerances, Inclusion Matters, Equality and Diversity, Every Child Matters, Safeguarding Children and Child Protection, Makaton- ‘Childrens Sign Language’, Schemas.
Our record for retaining staff is excellent, and many have been with us since the first nursery opened in 1997. This excellent level of staff retention is mainly attributed to the friendly working environment at Poppetts. We encourage all staff to be involved and influence working practice in the Nursery which is reflected in the long service of the majority of our team. We have a good mix of young and mature staff who work well together as a team.
Our manager is not included in our staff ratios, along with our cooks and domestic support.
We have a fully trained Special Educational Needs and Disability Coordinator-SENDCo. This member of staff is on hand to ensure that any developmental issues are picked up and liaises with outside agencies and other professionals to ensure that help and support is accessed where necessary.