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tinyacorns

Our Team

We are very proud of our enthusiastic and dedicated team of nursery nurses who work closely together across all aspects of the nursery, supporting and mentoring each other. They have been chosen for their ability to provide the highest standards of care to each baby/ child in their supervision, and their commitment to delivering an excellent service to the families who come to us.

All members of the team have been carefully screened and vetted and have a full DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) and we have multiple staff with a current Paediatric First Aid qualification in each of our rooms.

Staff training is a high priority at Tiny Acorns. Each member of staff undergoes an in-depth induction programme during their first six months with us, covering our policies and procedures, our key worker system and the Early Years Foundation Stage. If they are not already qualified then each new staff member is required to work towards a Level 3 NVQ in Childcare. As a team we are highly qualified, with 80% (90% by 2018) of the team qualified to Level 3 NVQ in childcare, and the remainder training for that qualification on the job.

In addition, every staff member goes on annual training off-site accessing a range of training topics across the curriculum, and we provide annual in-house training which covers key topics such as safeguarding, behaviour management, health and safety, manual handling and special educational needs, ensuring staff receive the latest guidance and updates each year. We also have a number of specialists who have been trained in key areas such as speech and language, sensory play, outdoor play and physical development, and they pass on their expertise to the rest of the team through presentations and handouts containing ideas, activities and guidance.

Each staff member has their own personal training plan and receives regular coaching and 1 to 1 sessions, an annual appraisal and yearly performance based bonus. Our staff are supported, motivated and appreciated and as a consequence they tend to come to Tiny Acorns and stay with us. Low staff turnover results in continuity of care, close bonds and best practice, and this is what sets Tiny Acorns apart!