Staff

Our staff are very experienced and come with both relevant, existing knowledge and a genuine desire to offer something fresh to make a real difference. We understand that children learn through play, so create an environment that is child-centred, stimulating and somewhere we would all like to play!

Staff and their Suitability:
All staff have enhanced DBS checks and are signed up to the updating service (meaning renewal is automatic).


Fran LYONS
– Manager
– Designated Person for Safeguarding and Child Protection (April 2016)
– Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s Workforce
– Attended in Nov/Dec 2015: Leadership and Management in the Early Years Training provided by the RBWM.

 

Catherine KITCHING
– Deputy Manger
– SENCO
– Level 3 Diploma Children and Young People’s workforce
– Autism Awareness Diploma
– Counselling Diploma

We have support members of staff who can help on a regular basis, at busy times, lunch club, to cover sickness / training and with special needs support.

As practitioners, we pride ourselves on building warm, caring and respectful relationships with the children, their families and community. Our staff are always ready and willing to talk with you about your ideas, views or questions.
In terms of Special needs provision, our staff are both knowledgeable and experienced in supporting a range of additional needs. We have a dedicated SENCo who is also proven to be practiced, sensitive and professional.
We are able to support all Education and Health Care Plans by providing evidence and working closely with parents, others involved in a child’s care and the requisite professionals within the local authority.

Continued Professional Development

As well as gaining childcare qualifications, our staff take part in further training to help them keep up-to date with current thinking and innovative ideas in early years care and education. We encourage and support staff to undertake further training a for their continued profession development. We believe such training is absolutely essential to maintain excellent standards of care and provision. It keeps the learning environment fresh for both the children and the adults who work with them.

Staff:

All staff have the following:
– Child Protection and Safeguarding training which is renewed every three years.
– Paediatric First Aid – also, renewed every three years.
– Safer Childcare Practitioner: Health and Safety Certificate Level 2(renewed every three years)
– Safe Food Handler: Food Hygiene Certificate Level 2 (renewed every three years)

Examples of other training staff will bring to Bears in the Park Pre-school
• Disability Equality
• Problem solving and Reasoning
• Simply Shapes

• Autism Awareness Diploma
• Golden Thread – Supporting Language Development
• Working with Parents to Support Speech and Language Development
• Early Language Development Programme
• Observation and Planning
• Patterns of Care
• 2 Year Old Matter!
• Mark Making
• Counselling Diploma

At Bears in the Park we keep ourselves up-to-date with best practice through Continued Professional Development and by accessing other industry related publications. We are a member of the National Day Nurseries Association.
Safeguarding children.

Our setting has a duty under the law to help safeguard children against protect them from maltreatment. Our employment practices are intended to protect children from the likelihood of abuse in our setting (Safe Recruitment of Staff Policy).

We have a procedure for managing complaints (Compliments and Complaints Policy) or allegations including those against a member of staff (Safeguarding of children Policy; Whistle-blowing Policy).
We will work to ensure we are aware of any problems that may emerge and can offer support to help families in difficulty, including referral to appropriate agencies when necessary.