“Staff have exemplary skills in setting a challenging and interesting curriculum, which keeps children highly engaged in purposeful play” (excerpt from our Outstanding Ofsted Report). Our Young Friends Nursery team is our best asset and we try our best to reward them with a great working environment. They have been meticulously chosen for their lively intelligence and clear and undeniable passion for childcare and education. Staff morale is very high at Young Friends Nursery and Nature School…They are all here because not only are they highly talented but they love children – a winning combination.
Each member of staff is highly trained, either or both before they come or beginning immediately as they arrive at the Nursery, and always thereafter with our support. Apart from the obvious childcare qualifications each carer has or is immediately provided with specific training in their particular age group.
Louise (Director) holds level 7 in childcare and many years’ experience in the childcare world. She also writes for numerous magazines on a regular basis and is an expert in our field. Our experienced and highly qualified SENDCo consistently works with Presens and EMAS and trains, supports and guides our team in providing totally committed care for special needs and those with English as an Additional Language. She is supernumerary, giving her time and ability to keep up with all staff regarding child development and spotting and addressing individual requirements as they arise. All staff members hold safeguarding, behaviour management and fire safety training certificates as staple requirements. All of our team hold pediatric first aid, health and safety, Makaton and a vast host of other individual training certificates to enhance their practice.
We have three safeguarding leads all with higher level safeguarding lead training. This enables Young Friends to keep up incredibly high safeguarding standards.
“We focus wholly on the well-being of every child and we take a holistic approach to their care. We use our professional extensive experience and knowledge of the individual child to help them flourish and develop whilst feeling respected, valued and secure. We do all we can to include the children in the running of the nursery and garden and encourage them to help with every stage of growing and cooking so as to instil a respect for nature and the knowledge and desire to keep healthy for life. We aim to provide a stimulating but relaxed homely environment where the children can balance free uninterrupted play and exploration both inside and out with structured age appropriate education. At Young Friends Nursery we have consistently high expectations of every child. If a child believes that we believe they can do something, their confidence to take risks and learn will follow. We strongly believe parents / carers to be the pivotal point around which a child develops and learns and we express this respect by having superb communication practices – including an open door policy that keeps the lines of communication flowing both ways. These years before academia sets in are so precious. Let’s celebrate them together”.
Louise, Director and owner of Young Friends. Early Years Professional. For more information on this qualification please visit – www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/eyps
MEET THE TEAM – Here at Young Friends, we pride ourselves on the quality of our recruitment process and team development. We could say we’re very fortunate, but we’re not as we go to great lengths to ensure that we have the best team around whose practice reflects our values and whose passion shines through effortlessly.
There are many roles within the Young Friends family:
Legislation dictates that Nurseries deploy staff in a particular way within nursery settings in relation to their qualification…
‘At least one member of staff must hold a full and relevant Level 3 Qualification’ and ‘At least 50% of all other staff must hold a full and relevant Level 2 Qualification or above
*All Maximum numbers are set out by us and are subject to change.
You can clearly see from the deployment stated above that we exceed the statutory requirements to an Outstanding Level. This enables us to provide quality childcare for your family and ensures that the children’s needs are met as effectively as possible.
If you would like to raise a point in regards to our deployment and have suggestions to help improve the time the children have at nursery with regards to staffing, then please do not hesitate to contact us either directly, via email or letter or via the tab on this site and we will happily listen to your suggestions.
Within each age group ratios are advised by Ofsted as follows:
On Nursery outings though the legal ratio is the same as in the setting, we choose to lower the ratio for 3-5 year olds to 1 adult to 4 children. As we believe that during these times the children’s safety is paramount and we ensure this by doubling the amount of adults supporting the children during this time.