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The Team

Working together for the children

At Hardings Pre-School we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set through Ofsted’s Welfare Requirements. These ratios are 1:8 for three year olds and 1:4 for two year olds. We usually have at least one additional member of staff present and also have volunteers and parent/carer helpers where possible to complement these ratios. This helps us to:

  • give time and attention to each child;
  • talk with the children about their interests and activities;
  • help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
  • allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety 

We are proud that our Practitioners are all Paediatric First Aid trained and there is a deep committment within the team to ongoing professional learning and development. We have a low turnover of staff and many of the staff's own children attended Hardings themselves in previous years. We work with local colleges to offer Level 3 Apprenticeships and also work with the local YMCA to offer Level 1 & 2 placements to students. We can also offer voluntary sessions for people studying childcare qualifications subject to a satisfactory DBS check and willingness to complete Safeguarding training within the first 4 weeks of joining us.

 

The staff who work at/for our setting are: 

Jane McCullagh - Pre-School Manager

Designated Person for Safeguarding

First Aider

Jane has worked at Hardings since 2001. She works all of our sessions Monday-Friday and also does our lunch clubs. Jane is a Designated Senior Person for Safeguarding within the setting. Jane is responsible for staff supervision and development and oversees the EYFS provision within the Pre-School.

 

Key Qualifications / Training: 

- NVQ Level 3 Early Years Child Care and Education

- Level 2 Child Protection Multi-Agency

-  Safeguarding Designated Person (Child Protection)

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Paediatric First Aid

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Hertfordshire Step-On Behaviour programme

- Shooting Stars Communication

- WELLCOMM Speech & Language

 

Delia Jones - Deputy Pre-School Manager and Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO)

Designated Person for Safeguarding

First Aider

Delia has worked at Hardings since 2002. She works all of our sessions Monday-Friday. Delia is our lead for Special Education Needs and Disabilities within the setting and sits on the local SEND consortium group with several other settings.

Delia is currently the Interim Manager and has overall responsibility for the Pre-School

 

Key Qualifications / Training: 

- CACHE Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development

- Safeguarding Designated Person

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Paediatric First Aid

- SENCO specialist training

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Hertfordshire Step-On Behaviour programme

- Shooting Stars Communication

- WELLCOMM Speech & Language

 

Jackie Claydon - Senior Early Years Childcare Practitioner 

First Aider 

Jackie has worked at Hardings since 2004. She works all of our morning sessions Monday-Friday. Jackie takes the lead for mentoring any students who join us at Hardings.

 

Key Qualifications / Training: 

- CACHE Level 3 Children's Care, Learning and Development

- Paediatric First Aid

- Effective Safeguarding Pratice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Hertfordshire Step-On Behaviour programme

- Shooting Stars Communication

- WELLCOMM Speech & Language

- Principles of Nurture

 

Claire Starkey - Early Years Childcare Practitioner

First Aider 

Claire has worked at Hardings since 2012. She works all of our sessions Monday-Friday and also does our lunch clubs. Claire is our lead Practitioner for "Children Looked After" under the local authority.

 

Key Qualifications / Training: 

- CACHE Level 3 Children Young People's Workforce Diploma

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Hertfordshire Step-On Behaviour programme

- Shooting Stars Communication

- WELLCOMM Speech & Language

- Designated Person for Children Looked After (CLA) training 

 

Yvette Meyrick Early Years Childcare Practitioner & 1-1 Support

First Aider

Yvette has worked at Hardings since 2012 and completed her Level 3 training with us. Yvette provides specialist 1-1 support within the setting.

Key Qualifications / Training:

- CACHE Level 3 Children Young People's Workforce Diploma

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Paediatric First Aid

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Signing & Makaton

 

Karen Gardner Early Years Childcare Practitioner & 1-1 Support

First Aider

Karen has worked for Hardings since 2016 and provides specialist 1-1 support within the setting. 

Key Qualifications/Training:

- NVQ Level 3 Early Years Childcare & Education

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Paediatric First Aid

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Signing & Makaton

 

Joanne Bartmeier Pre-School Assistant - Level 3 Childcare Student

Jo has worked for Hardings since 2017 and is currently studying her Level 3 Early Years Educator course. She will be working all of the sessions each week

Key Qualifications/Training:

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Food Hygiene & Safety

 

Arline Hursey - Pre-School Assistant (Bank)

First Aider

Arline has worked at Hardings since 2013. She works sessions when needed.

Key Qualifications/Training:

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Paediatric First Aid

- AED Defibrilator training

- Food Hygiene & Safety

- Hertfordshire Step-On Behaviour programme

- Shooting Stars Communication

 

Amy Cranwell - Pre-School Administrator

Amy has worked at Hardings since 2017. She is responsible for all administration tasks for the Pre-School.

Key Qualifications / Training:

- Effective Safeguarding Practice

- Prevent Duty (Radicalisation)

- Food Hygiene & Safety


 Learning opportunities for staff

As well as gaining qualifications in early years care and education, the setting staff take part in further training to help them keep up-to-date with thinking about early years care and education.  The setting also keeps itself up-to-date with best practice in early years care and education as a member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance, through the Under 5 magazine and publications produced by the Alliance and Ofsted. Further team training booked for this year includes: Paediatric First Aid refreshers, What to do if you identify a baby/child with bruises (child protection), Sexual Exploitation (child protection), Graded Care Profile (child protection), Disguised Compliance (child protection), Nurture Training and ASD training

 

 

Autumn Newsletter

TERM DATES 2017/18

 Autumn Term 2017

 Wednesday 30 Aug  INSET - School CLOSED
 Thursday 31 Aug
 School CLOSED for home visits
 Friday 1 Sep  School CLOSED for home visits
 Monday 4 Sep  School CLOSED for Stay & Play sessions
 Tuesday 5 Sep  School OPEN FOR EXISTING CHILDREN
 Monday 23 Oct - Friday 27 Oct  School CLOSED for half-term
 Tuesday 19 Dec  End of Autumn Term

 

 Spring Term 2018

 Wednesday 3 Jan  INSET  - School CLOSED
 Thursday 4 Jan  School CLOSED for home visits
 Friday 5 Jan
 School CLOSED for home visits
 Monday 8 Jan
 School OPEN FOR EXISTING CHILDREN
 Monday 12 Feb - Friday 16 Feb  School CLOSED for half-term
 Thursday 29 Mar  End of Spring Term

 

 Summer Term 2018

 Wednesday 18 Apr                                          INSET - School CLOSED
 Thursday 19 Apr  School OPEN
 Monday 28 May - Friday 1 Jun  School CLOSED for half-term
 Friday 20 Jul  End of Summer Term