All of our Blackheath team aim to provide a balance of nurture and education. We choose loving people who are dedicated to building up strong trusting bonds with children and parents alike.
Early Years staff have completed or are working towards a level 2 or level 3 course in childcare and education. Our staff receive a comprehensive induction programme as they start their career with us. Their induction covers an introduction to our policies and procedures, child protection and safeguarding and the extensive practices to familiarise themselves with our standards and procedures.
We are always encouraging our staff to further their teaching expertise and look to employ the best qualified staff, especially those with higher qualifications in English and Maths.
We abide by Ofsted requirements in respect of references and suitability checks for staff and volunteers, to ensure that no disqualified person or unfit person works at the setting or has access to the children.
All enhanced CRB disclosure checks are updated on a regular basis to ensure the suitability of the adults caring for the children and all staff have been trained in paediatric First Aid.
Our multicultural carers reflect the nursery's inclusiveness to support families with bilingual language skills, celebrating successes and communicating daily of your child's achievements.
All of our team aim to provide a safe and happy environment in which your children will develop and grow, ready and able to progress into the primary school of your choice.
Staff/child ratios are 1:3 for all children up to three year olds; 1:4 for children of three years old and over. This is a much better ratio than government guidelines prescribe, as we fully believe in the importance of additional staffing to make the children's as well the staff's days at the nursery stress free and enjoyable.