The Nursery Team

Both nurseries are fully staffed with a team that have a wealth of knowledge and experience in working with children under 5 years old. We have a diverse staff team, reflecting the wider community in which children will develop and grow.

Meet the management team

 

Recruitment

At Little Cherubs Nursery, we are vigilant in our recruitment procedures aiming to ensure all people working with children are qualified details and suitable to do so. As a company we do not discriminate and believe in equal opportunities.

The management team take time in selecting and recruiting staff. Prospective staff are carefully selected interviewed and are required to provide details for both character and previous job references, before any employment commences.

All staff must have a ‘clean’ current Enhanced CRB/DBS disclosure on the update service, proof of qualification, to ensure that they are suitable to work with children. (This is rechecked by our management team every 3 months to check the suitability remains the same.)

Little Cherubs are committed to safeguarding all children within our care.

 

Safeguarding Children

Little Cherubs has a clear commitment to protecting children and promoting welfare. We will support children within our care, protect them from maltreatment and have robust procedures in place to prevent the impairment of children’s health and development.

Our nursery team work with children, parents, external agencies, and the community to ensure the welfare and safety of children and to give them the very best start in life.

Children have the right to be treated with respect and to be safe from any abuse in whatever form. All staff follow the Whistleblowing policy to ensure co-worker conduct.

Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children is defined as:

  • Protecting children from maltreatment
  • Preventing impairment of children’s health or development
  • Ensuring that children grow up in circumstances consistent with the provision of safe and effective care
  • Taking action to enable all children to have the best outcomes

Designated Safeguarding lead person

Little Cherubs has at least two designated people within each nursery that co-ordinate safeguarding and welfare issues.

Please click here to view the November 2020 Safeguarding Policy for:

 

Staff Ratios & Deployment

At Little Cherubs we staff each room to meet the needs of all the children and to ensure their safety. Only staff aged 17 and over may be included in ratios. (Any staff under this age will be supervised at all times) Students on long term placements and volunteers (aged17 or over) may be included if we are satisfied that they are competent and responsible. Rooms are staffed according to Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage guidance 2012.

These are: Children under 2 years:

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  • At least one member of staff with a relevant level 3 and suitable experience of working with under twos.
  • At least half of all other staff with a relevant level 2
  • At least half of all the staff must have received training that specifically addresses the care of babies

Children aged 2-3 years:

  • One member of staff for every four children
  • At least one member of staff with a relevant level 3 and suitable experience of working with under twos.
  • At least half of all other staff with a relevant level 2 Children aged three and over
  • One member of staff for every eight children
  • At least one member of staff with a relevant level 3
  • At least half of all other staff with a relevant level 2

 

Key Person

Our key person system helps to support your child as they settle into the nursery environment, by providing a familiar consistent adult that they can develop a positive and secure relationship with. The key person will be sensitive and responsive in meeting the child’s individual needs, by developing play opportunities that will help progress your child through the developmental stages within the EYFS.

Join us

If you are interested in applying to join our staff team, please complete the form here attaching your CV.

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Wellness Ambassadors

Staff wellness is paramount to providing the high quality outcomes for the children. Little Cherubs are very proud to have a group of Wellness Ambassadors that can regularly meet and voice workplace needs & issues.

These ambassadors help to support the team & have been awarded the FutureQuals Level 2 Award in Mental Health: Workplace responder qualification.

These ambassadors are able to use their knowledge of mental health conditions to promote positive attitudes towards mental health in the workplace. Providing a key role in supporting line managers with any staff wellbeing issues within the workplace for both children & staff to promote a positive environment.

For support with your mental health, please contact Samaritans on 116 123, or NHS 111.

Meet our Management Team

The Team
Back in 2000, along with my husband and growing family, we had a vision to create a family run nursery that would provide parents with ‘peace of mind’, knowing that their children were being continually cared for in a safe, healthy and loving environment.
My daughter (aged 3 months) was one of the first children to attend the Sydenham nursery which grew in size from a 19 place setting to an 82 place nursery which is now widely established and recognised as one of the best quality nurseries in the area. Our daughter is now 21, and is a fully qualified nursery practitioner at our Shortlands branch. Following in the family footsteps for passion in the childcare industry.
In December 2017, we received our long awaited ‘Outstanding’ grading from Ofsted with both site establishing ourselves as outstanding childcare providers.
We strongly believe in investing in each and every staff member in order for them to progress through promotion within our nurseries. A great example for progress is: Maggie our Area Manager who started working at Sydenham alongside myself back in 2000 as a practitioner and has gradually worked her way up to her current position.
Little Cherubs are proud to support every employee in their practice through detailed induction, supervision and CPD (continued professional development) opportunities.
The industry has greatly changed over the years and we strive to follow developments & trends to give the best approach to childcare for all the children we care for.
On a personal note I have three other children, 2 grandchildren who both attend Little Cherubs!
The Team
I have worked in the childcare industry for 23 years, having started my career at a preschool nursery as an assistant. I joined Little Cherubs back in 2000 at the Sydenham nursery and during my time there achieved my Level 3 qualification in childcare. Over the past 20 years I have steadily worked my way up to Manager at the Shortlands nursery since 2004 and now am the Area manager of both nurseries.
I love developing the children’s understanding of their world by using role playing scenarios such as: re-enacting tea parties for the Royal wedding, taking singing sessions and cooking activities and making an inclusive environment for all children are able to participate.
My career highlight has to be attaining the Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ firstly at Shortlands in 2017 & then followed by Sydenham in 2018. The delivery of childcare has changed so much in the last 21 years and I believe that Little Cherubs has a good balance between providing first class ‘family care’ and quality learning opportunities for children in order to develop the skills necessary to move onto the next phase of their learning.
The Team
I have worked in early years for since 1996 after studying my level 3. I joined Little Cherubs in 2005 the as Shortlands Preschool Room Supervisor.
I worked my way through the company to become Nursery Manager of our Sydenham Branch for 10 years before coming back to Shortlands in 2020. My personal highlight since joining Little Cherubs: Becoming Manager of our Sydenham Nursery in 2010 & achieving the Ofsted Outstanding status in 2018.
I love the emphasis on junk modelling within EYFS & call myself a bit of a DIY Queen as I can fix/make almost anything. I’m a keen gardener which I get from my mum, along with the ability to knit and love to get crafty!
I enjoy getting to know each of the children individually by talking to them about their interests and observing their play. I enjoy helping the team with activity ideas, giving them ideas to grow with the children and watching the impact this has on them.
The Team
I have worked at Little Cherubs since summer 2020.
I first began my journey in childcare when I was offered a role as a Nursery practitioner and with desire and dedication over the years, I advanced from Practitioner to Room Leader, Third in Charge, Deputy Manager and then to Nursery Manger. A sense of fun, energy, imagination, empathy, and patience are some of the key skills I gained while working in different settings.
This journey was not always an easy one, but my passion, determination and love for children always helped me along the way. I am100% invested in my job and what I most like about this profession is that there are endless opportunities to grow, learn and develop skills which can be applied in our personal lives too.
I have 4 children and a 5-year-old granddaughter who calls me Nana. My girls are 28 and 25 years old and I have two boys, 17 and 15 years old.
I love traveling (my second passion) and I’ve ticked off most places I’ve always wanted to see. Places left on the list are Japan, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.
The Team
I have worked in Childcare for over 13 years. I have worked with all age groups and since starting my career, worked up from Nursery assistant, senior Nursery nurse to Third in charge role . After working in one setting for over 13 years, I decided it was time for a change & joined Little Cherubs back in November 2020.
I love messy play activities with children as well as singing and action songs.
The highlight of my career in Childcare was receiving my Level 2 & 3 qualifications and also training for the SENCO Role.
I have 2 children, a daughter and a son, I have a cat called Gizmo
The Team
I joined Little Cherubs back in 2015 with the vision to fine tune the operational side of the business. After talking with the directors & management team at length we decided that we wanted to rebrand Little Cherubs to create affordable outstanding care and education in an environment that is safe, open, honest and respectful.
My favourite part of my job is the branding and advertising part of the business. I loved studying art & design at college and feel this is where I can show my talents.
Amongst my jobs I am also in charge of the business finances & all childcare accounts across both sites. I also look after the website & social media pages.
I feel that after becoming a parent back in 2018 it helps me to understand how it feels from a parent perspective, to provide an insight from what is important from our daily
service and what matters to each family & child. My son has attended Little Cherubs since 10 months and truly thrived, he is now entering his last year in our Pre school.
 

Team & Staff

At Little Cherubs we believe that the team are our most valuable asset. We believe that personal and professional development is essential for maintaining the delivery of high-quality care and learning for children in their early years. It underpins all aspects of positive interactions and activities planned for children.

A comprehensive and targeted programme of professional development ensures practitioners are constantly improving their understanding and practice. High-quality professional supervision are provided, based on each staff members individual performance related targets, consistent and sharply focused observation and evaluations of the impact of staff’s practice.

We strongly promote continuous professional development and all staff have individual training records and training plans to enhance their skills and expertise, which are based on discussions at supervision meetings and appraisal meetings.

We have 3 staff training days which is set annually to ensure that the team gain external support and training where needed.

We provide regular training courses for our staff team; through staff training days, staff meetings, workshops, webinars & information sharing. We feel this enables, them to continually improve their skills, abilities, and keep up to date with current initiatives and legislation. These include:

  • First aid
  • Behaviour management
  • SEN awareness
  • Team building
  • EYFS
  • Safeguarding and welfare
  • Fire Safety

Little Cherubs achieved the Investors in People award and have continued to work with the Investor in People team to retain the status ever since. The Shortlands nursery was awarded with a QUILT Mark (Quality Assurance Scheme) certificate.

Staff rewards & benefits

  • 100% attendance’ prize
  • Staff Christmas Meal
  • Extra days annual leave for long serving staff members
  • Treat & team building days
  • ‘Above and Beyond’ Bonus
  • Company Pension Scheme
  • Competitive salary Offered
  • Refer a friend bonus*
  • Up to 40% childcare discount
  • Free uniform, training and DBS check*
  • Ongoing career opportunities
  • Outstanding Training and ongoing CPD*
  • Various fun incentives
  • Staff are welcomed to take part in parent workshops such as yoga & Meditation
 

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