Staff at Blues Pre-School
The majority of our staff hold a recognized Child Care Qualification (NVQ, DCYPW, EYE) or equivalent and undertake core skills and professional development training such as paediatric first aid, food hygiene and child protection awareness training. We have members on our staff team with experience in Special Educational Needs
Staff qualifications are displayed on the premises.
Blues Pre-School strictly adheres to the ratios of staff per child set by OFSTED. The current minimum staffing ratios are:
1:4 for children aged 2 years
1:8 for children aged 3–7 years
In the morning sessions, generally for children over 3, we endeavour to operate on a ratio of 1:6. In the afternoon sessions when some slightly younger children attend, we operate on a ratio of 1:4.
We consider the interaction between staff and children to be crucial to learning and development. We invite parents/carers into their child’s sessions to experience how children learn, to meet their child’s friends, to have the opportunity to speak to their child’s key worker and to meet other members of the staff team. By building positive relationships with our families we enable shared learning opportunities both at pre-school and at home.
We operate a key worker system at Blues. Your child will be assigned a member of staff who will be their key worker and a personal point of contact. Your key worker will help to settle your child into pre-school, will interact and build a relationship with your child to enable the key worker to observe and support your child’s progress through focused activities and play.
They will keep records of their/your child’s achievements using observations, photographic evidence, professional knowledge of your child and the child’s own work created within the pre-school. Whilst these records are strictly confidential, they are freely available to each child's parent or carer upon request and to review at pre-arranged meetings with the key worker. These records will be given to you when your child leaves Blues and if you wish, can be shared with staff at your child's next pre-school, nursery or school. This can help to ensure a smooth transition between pre-school and nursery and/or primary school.