Smarties prides itself on its staff and a commitment to their continuous professional development. This ensures that the children benefit from staffs knowledge being current with educational changes and research. Staff are recruited from the highest level and hold qualifications ranging from teaching degrees to degrees and NVQs in childhood studies. The nursery has a Qualified Teacher and two Early Years Professionals who oversee the curriculum planning and mentor staff throughout the nursery. The ethos of the nursery is one of care and commitment to the individual child and to you as Parents.
This year we have started ‘OVER AND ABOVE AWARDS’ for the staff to show that we recognise and appreciate their loyalty and hard work. Each month staff can be nominated for the award and the nominations can come from both staff and parents. If you feel a member of staff has been particularly helpful, supportive innovative or just gone ‘over and above’ their normal role, please let us know. Staff who have received the award are given ‘treats’ to enjoy!
Staff find out what children already know and can do from the outset and tailor activities to help children settle in quickly and become ready to learn. Partnerships with parents are excellent. All staff are conscientious about continuing to develop their skills and knowledge through face-to-face and online training.
We believe that the key to Smarties success is the warmth, care and friendliness shown by all staff; from those in the classroom, the office and the kitchen. When Amelie refers to any of the staff, she does so referencing them as friends which makes makes her eager to attend nursery each morning.