“High calibre of professional, qualified, enthusiastic staff”

Our staff are selected very carefully, not only for their qualifications and experience but also for their love of children. We understand that continuity of care for the children is paramount and for that reason we are totally committed to promoting staff loyalty. There is nothing worse for a child's development at nursery than to experience constantly changing faces due to staff turnover. The majority of our staff has a level 3 qualification in childcare and you are welcome to examine our qualification and training records. We also conduct ongoing training as a mixture of short refresher courses as well as full NVQ Childcare programmes for trainee staff.

As an ongoing aim, we are looking to promote higher education amongst our staff and to that end we will be enrolling some team members onto the Early Years Professional programme as well as Foundation Degree Courses in Childcare Studies.

Our Ratios

Our staff to child ratios are guided by the OFSTED regulations for nursery age children as follows:
Age of Child Staff-Child Ratio
Under 2 years 1:3
2 – 3 years 1:4
3 - 5 years 1:8

A qualified and experienced member of staff cares for each group of children and there is a minimum of two staff in each room at all times. The national standards require the person in charge of a nursery and the deputy to have an appropriate level 3 qualification or qualified teacher status that specialise in the early years. In addition, at least half of the remaining staff must hold an appropriate level 2 qualification. Our policy is to exceed statutory requirements, encouraging staff to develop their qualifications and to attend courses in areas such as special needs, equal opportunities and behaviour management.

We expect all staff to obtain First Aid qualifications within six months of appointment, and to keep these up to date.

Nene Valley Day Nursery, 40 Park Road, Peterborough, 01733 685965
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