We know that handing your child over to someone else is a huge decision for any parent and we take the responsibility you pass us, incredibly seriously. Our staff are experienced in Early Years and genuinely love being with children all day long! Our setting is teacher-led by Mrs Hutchinson and ably supported by a great team who all take on responsibilities throughout the setting.
In any session, there will be at least 2, if not 3, members of staff. We are very generous with our ratios because we want children to have the very best quality of care and attention possible.
We are a small setting and all staff know and play with all children however, the key worker role provides the opportunity for you and your child to develop a special relationship with one adult in the setting who knows your child really, really well. This secure attachment to a nominated person is key for your child to thrive in our setting. When we meet parents and children on their initial look around the school, we begin to consider which of our key workers would be best suited to your child and come out to meet with you all at home before your child starts with us. We use this time to find out about what your child loves, avoids and everything in between so that we plan the best start possible.
All of our staff have completed rigorous training in:
Mrs Hutchinson has too many years experience to count and adores teaching our Early Years children. When we merged the school and pre-school, it made sense to use her skills across both settings and she is now our Early Years Leader.
Her knowledge and expertise is second to none and she’s been described as our very own ‘Mary Poppins’. There’s always a ‘big idea’ or exciting time planned in pre-school and Mrs Hutchinson is particularly skilled at developing children’s play to ensure they are also loving learning!
When the pre-school and school merged in September 2016, Mrs Williamson became a vital part of our Governing Body, bringing with her a wealth of knowledge about pre-school as she had been the chair of its committee for 2 years. She continues to support and advocate for pre-school children, ensuring that their voice is heard in the strategic decisions we make. As a parent of a child at pre-school, she also adds this vital view of how well we are doing.
Mrs McInnes brings a wealth of experience with pre-school children to our setting having worked in a busy Salisbury nursery. After spending her first day in our setting, children already loved playing with her and she can often be found at the water tray or in the mud kitchen having a whale of a time! Both the most mucky places in the setting!
As a mum of 4 children, Mrs Trott knows a thing or two about what motivates and excites children’s learning. She has a particular interest in outdoor learning and is always the first to be in the mud kitchen or wildlife area, getting mucky and yucky in the mud! Children love Mrs Trott’s great sense of fun and caring nature.
She’s back from maternity leave and straight back into the swing of things! Miss Jacobs can often be found surrounded by a group of children doing something active and exciting inside and out. Her enthusiasm for children’s learning knows no bounds and children love working and playing with her. She’s also really great a cuddles so I’m told by some of our little ones!
A qualified teacher and a mum of two (one of whom is two!), Mrs Phillips is a great addition to our team. She has a quiet eye over the children in her care and doesn’t mind getting stuck in and wet and muddy which is just as well because our children love being outside!