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:
Joining us just after October half term in 2020, Mrs Evans brings with her a real passion for making sure our littlest people receive the very best of care, attention and support. She has many years working in an outstanding nursery and managing a pre-school setting as well as working with families of children with additional and challenging needs.
Mrs Evan’s loves being creative and arty and is frequently to be found elbows deep in paint and glue or mud and leaves! Driven by what is right for the child, she has great ideas about the smooth transition into pre-school and has years of working with outside agencies as well as developing staff within her setting.
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.
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!
Having worked with our team last summer, Mrs Phillips has joined us every morning and loves getting stuck into the creative side of learning, often to be found elbows deep in paint!
Mrs Carter bounded through our door for her interview and we just knew we had to snap her up! Often found playing in the outdoor areas with pre-schoolers as a vet, fellow shopper, child in the home corner or just about anything else, Mrs Carter loves getting stuck into play! Mrs Carter is our SENCo for the pre-school and very experienced in working with a range of special needs. She is teaching us all more and more makaton too!
Mrs McInnes brings a wealth of experience with pre-school children to our setting having worked in a busy Salisbury nursery. Children love 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! For the autumn 2020 term, Mrs McInnes will be working in the Year R class making sure that our little ones who are just joining school are settling well, especially after the extended lockdown period.