Our Staff and Training

We are proud of the high ratio of adults to children at Woodentops. This ensures individual attention to the needs and development of each child.
The regular staff in our setting are:

Jackie Noakes – Owner, Manager BA EY, EYP, Level 6

Karen Armstrong – Manager, Level 4, Communication and Language Co-ordinator

Sue Heald – Manager, SEND coordinator, Level 4

Sue Dilley – Admin,  Preschool Assistant, Level 3

Michelle Offin – Preschool Assistant, Level 3

Danielle Spence – Preschool Assistant, Level 4

Kathryn Bate – Preschool Assistant / BA Early Years (Hons), Level 6, Early Years Teacher, Level 3 Forest school leader

Maria Mills – Preschool Assistant, Level 3

Joanne Avison – Level 3 Trainee

Chloe Salmon – Preschool Assistant, Level 3

Amy McElwee – Preschool Assistant, Level 3

Megan Butt – Level 3 Apprentice

All Staff have Level 2 food hygiene and all have DBS checks. All permanent staff have current Paediatric First Aid. 

Safeguarding

All of the managers have Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) training. All staff are aware of their responsibilities to keep the children in our care safe and well, and will consult with the DSL’s if they are worried or concerned about a child’s welfare. The children are always put first above everyone else and we will seek advice from the Intake and Assessment team at Central Beds to support us to support parents in their care of their children.

Training:
We are members of Preschool Learning Alliance.
Training is kept up to date and mostly conducted in-house and through Early Years at Central Beds, online, through NoodleNow, evening sessions and full day sessions.

We have regular network meetings with Potton Preschool, local childminders and nannies.

Special needs:
The number of adults present in the pre-school enables us to provide individual attention for each child. Each child is able to progress at his / her own rate in all areas of development, and this is true for children with and without disabilities or learning difficulties. We are experienced in working in close liaison with professionals across the range of special needs. If you would like to discuss the Woodentops’s ability to meet your child’s needs, please talk to either the SENCO (Sue H), Jackie, Karen or your child’s key person

 

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