There are always 22 qualified staff with the children. 2 with EYPS [Early Years Professional Status] and 4 with Early Years Degrees, 1 with a Masters Degree. Our lowest qualification held by a member of teaching staff is a Cache Level 3 (a qualification that many managers would have in other settings). We ensure that every member of staff is trained in Speech and Language development. We ensure that we have enough permanent staff so that we do not have the need to rely on and use ‘supply’ staff. We are very lucky to have a number of male staff members, which is unusual in an Early Years setting and they are an incredible asset to the overall dynamic within the nursery. We have a very low turnover of staff.
Our head, Claire, has a wide and varied range of teaching experience and is very much involved with other aspects of education within the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and the Parliamentary Review. Claire was invited to write an article for the Parliamentary Review publication – the first to focus on education in the Early Years and has since been given the honour of becoming a member of the Parliamentary Review Leadership Council, her thoughts are now featured in many articles and she is also able to help with questions and regulations put forward by parliament. You can hear some of her thoughts voiced in interviews [Podcasts] with the review – focusing on the shaping of today’s philosophy behind learning through play and exploration and the brain development of a child pre 5 years.
Claire teaches most days to ensure that she gets to know every child in the school and is available to answer any questions and discuss any concerns that may arise. She teaches a singing and music class each week.
Claire’s links with the ‘next schools’ within this and surrounding boroughs is invaluable and she is always available to give help and advice on future schools for all of the children in her care.
Our registrar is Francesca [also Claire’s eldest daughter]. Francesca is in charge of the school lists, admissions and also runs the main administration and business end of the school. She spends time in every classroom and keeps up to date with all the learning journals to make certain that she gets to know every child within the school.
Alice, our office manager, is your first point of contact for day to day enquiries and is always available to help point you in the right direction. Alice is also the ‘Keeper of the Diary’ and can help you arrange a visit or meeting with Claire, Francesca and other staff members.