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Our staff

At Westchester House we take pride in our commitment to our staff and in the commitment they show to your child. As an experienced provider of childcare we recognise the clear link between well-qualified, enthusiastic staff and high quality care and education for your child. When choosing staff for our nurseries we look not just for the right qualification and experience, but also for that extra passion for working with children.

There are clear legal requirements relating to staff qualifications in a day nursery: 50% of the staff must hold a recognised childcare qualification to the basic NVQ level two and there must be staff trained in paediatric first aid on site at all times. At Westchester House we aim far beyond that basic requirement to ensure that

  • 75% of our staff hold as a minimum level three qualifications and encourage a commitment to attend training from those below that level.

Also

  • At a minimum 50% of staff hold paediatric first aid qualifications; all staff also receive training in basic food hygiene, manual handling and health and safety.
  • Our staff also attend training in areas of specialism to ensure support is available for children and families.

All nursery staff have a secure working knowledge in areas such as special educational needs and safeguarding children, but each nursery also has specialist staff who receive extra training sessions in these areas. Staff also attend varied training sessions throughout the year designed to improve and extend their practice in working with children, including such diverse areas as delivering early years French, yoga for the under fives, and music and movement. Such training contributes to ensuring that the provision in each nursery is interesting and varied and that your child will enjoy and benefit from their time at Westchester House.