Staffing, Employment, Development and Training

A high adult/child ratio is essential in providing good quality pre-school care.

In our pre-school:

  • We have at least one member of staff to four children under three, then one to eight over three, but generally work on 1 staff member to 5 children.
  • Regular staff meetings provide opportunities for staff to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss the children’s progress and any difficulties.
  • We have a pre-school diary that is written in for any changes in routine for staff who are not here on a particular day, so all staff are aware of any changes.
  • We work towards an equal opportunities policy, seeking to offer job opportunities equally to both women and men, with and without disabilities, from all religious, social, ethnic and cultural groups.
  • Currently three members of staff hold Pre-School Level 3 qualifications and at present one is working towards a Level 3 pre-school qualification.
  • Staff have a clear job description and contract of employment; staff have an annual appraisal and development plan; the committee support the needs of the staff.
  • Staff have the opportunity to attend courses through Derbyshire Early Year’s Childcare.  Any other non funded courses are discussed with staff and committee members.

Core Training

We ensure that two members of staff are trained in these core subjects. 

  • Safeguarding Children & Young People
  • Additional Needs
  • First Aid – Ensure that this is planned so that there is a qualified First Aider present at every session.
  • Equal Opportunities & Policy Making
  • Child Development 0-5
  • Food Hygiene
  • Health & Safety in the work place

A training attendance record sheet is filled in for all training completed by a member of the committee and held in the individual’s developmental file.

Other training and developmental Activities

Each member of staff has a file containing his/her CV, together with a personal development plan.

Staff consult the training directory and select courses that will benefit the setting. The aim is to enable staff to participate in as much training as is practically and financially possible and to encourage individuals to ‘specialize’ and follow up specific areas of interest that will benefit the setting.