The Nursery has 12 permanent staff and a number of regular bank staff members that cover holiday and sick leave. The Manager, Danielle Byrne has ‘Early Years Teacher Status’ and has been working with children for over 12 years. The Deputy Manager, Kitty O’Sullivan has over 20 years’ experience of working with children and has been part of Mildmay for over five years.
All staff are qualified to the desired level and three members of staff are working towards their degrees in Special Educational Needs, Early Childhood Studies and Early Years Professional Status. Staff are subjected to security vetting when starting the Nursery, which is updated on a regular basis. There must also be two members of staff present whenever there are children in the building. Throughout the day we adhere to staffing levels recommended by the Government.
Under two years- 1 worker for every 3 children
2-3 years- 1 worker for every 4 children
3-5 years- 1 worker for every 8 children
Key Person System
The Nursery operates a Key person system, where each child is assigned a key member of staff, who holds a special responsibility for that child. The aim of the key person is to develop a close bond with their child and a positive partnership with the parents/carers, to enable information sharing about the child’s day, needs and development. All staff will build relationships with your child during their time here and will have a personal knowledge of their day, but the key person will focus on your child’s development and emotional wellbeing.
All new children and their parents are required to settle their child over a period of two weeks before starting Nursery (you do not pay for the settling period). This enables the child to spend a valuable amount to time adapting to the environment and becoming familiar with the staff and other children. It also provides an opportunity for parents and staff to develop a positive partnership, whilst sharing information on the child’s likes and dislikes, dietary requirements, routine and general information that will support the child’s individual needs.