Our childcare staff members are chosen not only for their qualifications but also for their experience in, and approach to, childcare. Gatley pre-school and Whalley Range pre-school are managed by highly qualified managers and supported by experienced deputies. Each member of staff is chosen for their empathy and ability to treat each child as an individual. We are dedicated to the well-being and safety of each child and are aware of their developmental needs and personal routine as well as their likes and dislikes.
Gatley Pre-School and Whalley Range Pre-School are run by Early Years Teachers, who are supported by qualified staff. All of our staff understand the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework and design the activities they undertake with our children, to support the child’s development towards the Framework.
We are committed to furthering our staff development with a variety of childcare qualifications that are nationally recognised; ongoing training is available through a wide range of courses available to us through the Borough’s children services and/or through the childcare industry. We also have in-house training where all of our nurseries’ members of staff get together to share personal knowledge and experiences and discuss any training they have been on themselves.
Each member of staff is subjected to enhanced checks by the Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) before joining our team and once appointed undergoes a thorough induction period and training. This covers our extensive policies, procedures and practices to ensure they understand our own high standards.
All members of staff also receive first aid, child protection and basic food hygiene training.
In our pre-schools our staff ratios are a minimum of:
2-3 years = 1:4*
3-5 years = 1:8*
*as required by OFSTED
All our children are allocated a key-worker. To find out more about the importance and role of our key-workers please click here.