It is essential for a child’s development to have adults around who understand them and who they feel totally comfortable with. It is the key person’s role to do this and to ensure your child is settled and happy. You will have daily contact with the key person for any matters relating to your child e.g. health, eating, sleep etc. Likewise they will tell you how your child is getting on and what they have done each day. We find that good communication between home and nursery is essential for your child to be happy and settled with us.
The children are cared for in small groups. In Discoverers there will be one adult for every three babies; in Explorers there will be one for every four children; in Creators the ratio is one to six and in Inventors where the children are older, the ratio increases to one adult to eight children. In addition to this there are nearly always extra adults on hand to help out. Squirrels regularly take students for placements who are studying for Early Years qualifications.
Training, Qualifications and Suitability
The staff at the nursery are the most important part of
what we do. The vast majority of the staff hold early years qualifications, and many have years of experience educating and caring for young children. In addition to this, every classroom has at least two members of staff qualified in first aid. To ensure we keep up to date with all early years issues the staff attend regular training events. This is in addition to the full staff training days three times per year when Squirrels will close for the day to undertake staff training.
This is known as INSET training, the dates are advertised well in advance. All staff, students and volunteers are checked for their suitability to work with children, and hold enhanced Criminal Record Bureau (CRB) checks, this is in line with our safe recruitment policy.