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Early Years Qualifications

There are 6 levels of qualifications for Early Years staff.  Our staff are incredibly well qualified and studying and training to improve themselves all the time!  We want to provide your child with the best opportunities possible, so a commitment to our own self-improvement is one of our defining characteristics.  The levels are explained below.

 Level Qualification
 Level 6Early Years Professional - Post Graduate
 Level 5A Degree in Early Years Education
 Level 4NVQ in Early Years Management
 Level 3*NVQ 3 in Early Years Education
 Level 2NVQ 2 in Early Years Education
 Level 1 No qualification/Volunteer

* At present, the legal requirement for a pre-school is that they need to have at least one person at a Level 3 to open their doors.

Meet Our Staff



Position:
Deputy Early Years Leader


Name:
Charlotte Hillier
Joined:
September 2013
Qualifications: 
Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce
Forest Schools Leader
Level 3 Leadership and Management
About: 
Charlotte is our Deputy Early Years Leader and works full time. She is also our Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead and Special Needs Co-ordinator. 

 

Position:
Playworker
 
Name: 
Laura Wilmot
Joined: 
May 2017 
Qualifications: 
Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce
About: 
Laura joined our team in May 2017.  She works full time. 
Laura leads the Mathematics side of the EYFS.



Position:
Playworker
Name:
Sarah Buley
Joined:
October 2006 
Qualifications: 
Level 3 Children and Young People Workforce
About: 
Sarah is a Playworker and works all day Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. She is a qualified Forest Schools leader.  Sarah also leads the Understanding the World and PSED side of the EYFS.

 

 Position
Playworker
Name:
Kimmaree Williams
Joined:
November 2015
Qualifications:
Early Years Professional Status
About:
Kimmaree is a Playworker who works all day Monday, and Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings.
Kimmaree leads the Communication and Language and Literacy side of the EYFS.


Position:
Playworker

Name:
Hayley Ellis
Joined:
September 2016
Qualifications:
Level 2 Children and Young People Workforce
About:
Hayley works Monday morning and all day Wednesday and Friday. She also leads the Expressive Arts and Design side of the EYFS.

Key Workers

Each child has a Key Worker who will make regular observations in the Learning Areas and plan future development based on the child’s individual needs and interests. They are available if you wish to discuss anything regarding your child and should be kept informed of any family events which may affect your child (i.e. long term family illness).

Main Duties of a Key Worker

  • To comfort, reassure and provide for the emotional needs of your child.
  • To care for your child.
  • To ensure that our provision contributes to and takes into account each child’s race, culture, religion, language and family values.
  • To liaise with you.
  • To observe your child’s progress and keep records of their interests and development.
  • To be available to speak to you at the beginning and end of sessions.
  • To liaise with other settings on the progress and the welfare of your child.
  • If necessary, to liaise with the Designated Safety Officer* who is responsible for Child Protection.
  • To liaise with you and the Special Education Needs Co-ordinator* if we have any concerns over a child’s acquiring of a specific skill such as language, hearing or other areas.
  • Your child’s key worker will ensure you are always contacted about any concerns involving your child.
  • Your key worker will respect your confidentiality.
* See below for the name of those responsible for these areas. 

Special Responsibilities

Deputy Early Years Leader: Charlotte
Deputy Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL): Charlotte
Special Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO): Charlotte
Communication & Language and Literacy: Kimmaree
Understanding the World and PSED: Sarah 
Mathematics: Laura
Expressive Arts and Design: Hayley
Physical: All staff
Forest School Leader: Charlotte and Sarah