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Meet our staff

 There are four practitioners Sandra, Catherine, Janice and Lauren.

  We are all very experienced in working with children, have relevant childcare qualifications and are continually enrolled on further courses. We all regularly update our safeguarding training. Our Designated Lead Person in safeguarding has completed level 3 safeguarding and safer recruitment training to ensure that all adults who have contact with the children are thoroughly vetted and suitable to do so. All staff attend training courses in a wide range of subjects, and we all have current pediatric First-aid certificates. We see continual professional development as extremely important and each year we run courses to help parents to learn the most effective ways of supporting children in the early years. We also all hold food hygiene certificates.

 Sandra, the preschool manager, has a BA in Childhood Studies, a Masters' Degree in Early Years Educational Improvement Development and Change, and has Early Years Teacher Status. She has recently attended courses in Autism Awareness, understanding two year olds, Skills to Train adults, Parents Early Years and Learning (PEAL), and inclusion training, and has visited Denmark to work in and learn about forest schools. Sandra is our named person in behaviour management and can advise on behaviour issues. Sandra is our Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Senco).





 Janice has a Diploma in Preschool Practice and has recently completed courses in Autism, health and safety in early years settings, Food Hygiene, Behaviour Management and understanding and supporting 2 year old children.

Catherine also has a Diploma in Preschool Practice and is our designated lead person in safeguarding, updating her safeguarding training annually. She is also our lead practitioner in language and communication having attended a full year's course called 'Every Child a Talker' (ECAT) and has a strong knowledge of children's language acquisition and development.

Lauren started working with us at the start of the Summer term. Lauren finished her level 3 childcare diploma in 2014, gaining an A grade. She did some of her work placements during her course, at Acorns, and we are delighted that she has come back to work with us permanently. Lauren has recently been on a behaviour management course, and has also completed Safeguarding training at Level 2, meeting the needs of boys, and supporting vulnerable children. She is qualified in Pediatric first aid. 

Tracy is training to be an Early Years Teacher (EYT). She is working with us this year and will be providing extra support for our very youngest children and encouraging children's communication and language skills.








We have a key person system and each member of staff has around 10 key children for whom they are responsible. As key people we aim to get to know each child and work with their whole family to support them in all aspects of learning and development. Key people ensure that children are learning, developing and achieving. Progress is checked against expected development and if we have any concerns about your child's development we would talk to you and explain why we are worried. Then we would work closely with you and your child in order to set simple targets which aim to support their progress and development. If you have any concerns, please talk to your child's key person or our SENCO, Sandra Matthews. See the Special Educational Needs page for further information.

We accept all children into our setting, whatever their needs and we aim to reduce any barriers to learning or inclusion. We believe that all children have the right to be valued and included in every aspect of our setting.

"The quality of teaching from all staff is of the highest calibre. Staff know when to intervene in play and carefully intertwine questioning into play opportunities. Children enthuse at the challenges set them."

Ofsted May 16