Our staff are our greatest asset!
At Little Angels we pride ourself on creating the right environment for our staff to reach their full potential as well as our children. Staff are actively encouraged to train on a range of different courses both externally and internally.
Little Angels is working through a range of schemes to gain recognition for our staff development programmes. Staff are recruited not only for their childcare qualification but for demonstrating through our interview process that they are dedicated and committed to caring and educating young children.
At Little Angels nursery we are vigilant in our recruitment procedures, aiming to ensure that all people working with children are qualified and suitable to do so. We follow this procedure each and every time we recruit a new member to join our team.
We use reputable newspapers, websites and the local job centre to advertise for any vacancies. Our advertisements state that all staff appointments are subject to an enhanced Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) check and at least two independent references including one from the most recent employer. or in the case of a newly qualified student, their tutor and a personal or professional reference (e.g. their GP or Head teacher). These references are taken up before employment commences.
All new members of staff undergo an intensive four-week induction period during which time they will read and discuss the nursery policies and procedures and receive a buddy to lead their training and introduce them to the way in which the nursery operates and a mentor from the management team who will oversee and support their induction.
Each member of staff receives an appraisal meeting twice a year with the manager. This provides an opportunity for the manager and member of staff to discuss training needs for the following six months as well as discuss their performance in the previous six months. Appraisals foster a culture of mutual support, teamwork and continuous improvement which encourages the confidential discussion of sensitive issues. They provide staff with opportunities to discuss any issues – particularly concerning children’s development or wellbeing, identify solutions to address issues as they arise; and receive coaching to improve their personal effectiveness.· The manager and team leaders support the staff team between these reviews where appropriate with mentor support, one-to-one training sessions, ongoing supervision, work-based observations and constructive feedback.