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All staff undertake continuous professional development training each year, attending courses run by Children's Services, Early Years Alliance and other bodies.  All nursery staff hold up-to-date first-aid qualifications. Staff attend training to ensure we keep up-to-date with the best current practices which in turn benefits the children. All nursery staff are encouraged to achieve an NVQ qualification level 3 or equivalent.

The nursery has a key worker system. This means that each member of staff has a group of children for whom he/she is particularly responsible. Your child’s key worker will be the person who works with you to make sure that what we provide is right for your child’s particular needs and interests. When your child first starts at the setting, he/she will help your child to settle and throughout your child’s time, he/she will help your child to benefit from the nursery/clubs activities.

The staff and their qualifications are:

Christine Birrell - Nursery Manager

NCFE Cache Level 4 advanced Practitioner
NVQ Level 3 Child Care and Education
Child Protection Representative
Fire Safety Representative
Red Group Key Worker

Kimberley Birrell - Deputy Nursery Manager
NVQ Level 3 Child Care and Education
Blue Group Key Worker

Lauren Senior - Nursery Assistant

NCFE Cache  Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support For Teaching and Learning in Schools

Blue Group Key Worker

Stephanie Birrell - Nursery Assistant

NVQ Level 3 Child Care and Education

Purple Group Key Worker

Courtney Stubbs - Nursery Assistant

SVQ 3 Social Services (Childrenand Young People) at SCQF level 7

Purple Group Key Worker

Emma Berry - Support Key Worker

NCFE Cache Level 4 advanced Practitioner

SNVQ Level 3 Child Care and Education

Claire Carter - Office Administrator

First Aider

A parent management committee - whose members are elected by the parents of the children who attend the Group - manages the Group. The elections take place at the Group’s Annual General Meeting. The committee is responsible for helping the nursery staff in:

•Managing the Group’s finances and arranging fund raising events;
•Employing and managing staff;
•Making sure that the Group has - and works to - policies which help it to provide a high quality service;
•Making sure that the Group works in partnership with the children’s parents.

The Annual General Meeting is open to the parents of all the children who attend the Group. It is their forum for looking back over the previous year’s activities and shaping the coming year’s activities. The Group encourages parents to join the committee and help the Group in whatever way they can.

Houghton Nursery Group