About Susan —Preschool Manager
Susan joined the preschool in 2016, she began working in early years in 2002, spending 9 years as a Registered Childminder and then gaining experience in full day care and nurseries and preschools. She also had 6 years’ experience delivering Level 3 Childcare qualifications across Kent as an Approved Tutor for the NCMA (National Childminding Association).
Susan is responsible for the overall running of preschool reporting to the Committee. Her roles and responsibilities include: Designated Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer, Data Protection and Security, Behaviour Management, liaising with Kent County Council Setting Improvement Partners, Childcare Business Officers and Ofsted, as well as overseeing Health & Safety, Inclusions & Equality, Policy reviews, Food Safety & Hygiene and COSHH, budgeting, sourcing resources, organising training, developing the long term plans for the preschool and leading the team to provide a high quality environment for the children. Susan is also the SENCo (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) and the Designated Safeguarding Lead.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: NVQ3 in Early Years and Childcare, Level 3 Certificate in Childminding Practise and Level 4 Advanced Certificate in Education.
About Jo —Preschool Deputy
Jo joined us in September 2017 after previously running her own setting as a Registered Childminder. Her skills are not only building nurturing relationships with the children, but creating an environment designed to interest, challenge and stimulate children’s learning and development. The Deputy role involves the day-to-day running of the room, and also supporting the manager in forward planning and administrative duties.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: CACHE Level 3 Childcare Qualification.
About Shelley – Early Years Practitioner
Shelley started with the preschool in September 2012. Shelley is a very kind and thoughtful person who supports children’s individual needs with her warm and caring nature. Shelley has previous experience in young adult care and care for adults with learning difficulties. Along with experience working within the area of social services and holds many different NVQ Level 3 qualifications to support these roles, Shelley also supports the setting as a Designated Safeguarding Person.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: EDI Level 3 Certificate for the Children and Young People’s Workforce.
About Miranda – Early Years Practitioner
Miranda joined us in September 2017. Her children had been through the preschool and Miranda was an active member of the Committee. As her youngest child left the preschool to go to primary, Miranda swapped volunteering on the Committee to become a member of staff.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: Currently working on a Level 3 Childcare Qualification.
About Ellis – Early Years Practitioner
Ellis has 6 years experience in Early Years including giving one-to-one care to a child with additional needs, and has really useful knowledge to share with our setting. She has lots of exciting plans for activities in the setting.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: Level 3 Childcare Qualification.
About Gaby – Early Years Practitioner
Gaby has experience in a childminding setting and another preschool before joining us at Harrietsham Preschool. She is very lively and enthusiastic and she is excellent at setting boundaries with the children and helping them manage their feelings. She is currently bank staff with us.
Relevant Childcare Qualifications: Safeguarding qualifications and Visual Signs and Symbols.
We always have at least one qualified paediatric first aider on site at any one time.
The key person is the member of staff who will work closely with you and your child, to help them settle easily, ensuring their needs are met and is someone who is hands on to answer any questions that you may have. For your child, the Key Person is their preschool friend, who cares for them, plans fun activities for them, celebrates their successes, praises and encourages their efforts and provides comfort in times of upset. For parents and carers, the Key Person is the point of contact, and the person who completes the Learning Story on Baby's Days, carrying out regular observations on your child’s learning and development, and planning for their individual needs.
Although we have a key person scheme in place, we work very closely as a team to ensure that all members of staff are able to meet needs of all the children who attend Harrietsham Preschool. We hold regular planning and staff meetings to ensure we share ‘relevant’ information about children’s learning and development so that needs are continually met as your child explores and investigates the activities on offer in our preschool.
Early Years is a dynamic and vitally important sector that needs high quality staff at all levels. High quality early years provision can have a significant impact on children’s development, performance at school and their future life chances, but for all children to benefit from a high quality early years foundation stage, our workforce must be professional, well trained, highly qualified and dedicated to their role.
We recognise that it is an exciting time to work in the childcare sector. We continually provide opportunities for our staff to refresh and enhance their professional development, so that we make a difference to the lives of the young children we care for.
We hold full details of all staff members on-going professional development within preschool.