We are proud of our staff retention rate and put this down to careful selection, dedicated training programmes and most of all a fun, happy and secure place to work. Our staff retention rate speaks for itself as many of our youngest children are being cared for by the same staff that looked after their older siblings now in school.
Training policy, CRB and first aid
At whatever level our staff join us we believe there’s always something we can improve on and so our team are constantly appraised and given the full support they need in order to gain further qualifications. All of our staff are CRB checked and considerably more than the government recommended number are fully trained first-aiders.
Investment in training
On-going training is key to the success of Polkadotworld. Our dedication to investment in training ensures that our staff are knowledgeable and confident so your children are in the very best hands.
During their time with us, your child will come into contact with all members of staff in that setting. Each member of staff will form a relationship with your child and get to know them. However, your child will also be assigned a special ‘key person’ who will help them and you, settle into a routine and build an ongoing relationship, establishing and maintaining the vital link between home and nursery.
The role of the ‘key person’ is to:
- Get to know the child on an individual basis.
- Talk to parents to make sure the needs of the child are being met appropriately.
- Co-ordinate assessments and observations to ensure that your child is meeting the development bands of the Early Years Foundation Stage.
- Keep parents informed of their child’s progress.
- Makes sure that records of development are shared with parents.
- Co-ordinate information on a child’s transfer between rooms, settings and on to school.
The information we gain from home alongside our own observations helps us build an accurate picture of each child and plan for their journey with us.
As you will appreciate a setting is open for 50 hours a week and children attend at a variety of flexible times, hence a child’s key person will not always be on the premises when he/she is. Staff may also be on holiday or on non-contact time. This means that it will not always be possible to speak to your child’s key person at the end of each day.
Our aim is to create stable, consistent staff teams in each age group so children, parents and staff have the chance to get to know each other well. We are currently implementing a partnering system where each key person has a colleague working with them, this will be an established team member with whom the child feels comfortable.
If you have a particular concern or question and would like to speak to your child’s key person please let us know and we will arrange a mutually convenient time to talk. If there is a particular concern about your child’s progress, or a change in behaviour, your child’s key person will approach you to arrange a meeting.
For any matters regarding finance, settings, cc vouchers, bookings, salary sacrifice, NEF sessions, swapping sessions, billing, contact details or extra activities, our friendly admin team (Jane and Michelle) will be more than happy to speak with you. Feel free to contact them whenever you have something you need to discuss, or of course, you are welcome to simply drop in. (8am-6pm, 5 days a week)
IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US…
If you’re dedicated, energetic and passionate about childcare, we’d love to hear from you. Whether you’re part or fully qualified, or simply looking to begin your career in childcare, we’re always interested in talking to you. Why not email us your CV (it will be treated in the strictest confidence), tell us a little bit about yourself and we’ll come back to you if we think there’s something that may interest you.