The Staff :
The Pre-school is lucky to have a dedicated team of qualified practitioners all of whom have been at Pre-school for a number of years and offer a wealth of experience. All staff attend ongoing training to keep up to date with current childcare developments and to extend their existing knowledge.
Examples of courses that our staff have attended include: the new Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum; Paediatric First Aid; behaviour management; health and hygiene; inclusion; safeguarding children; and outdoor play. We will organise specialised training as required if a child has specific needs.
Every member of staff has a paediatric first aid training qualification should there be any accidents. All staff retrain every three years
All staff and committee members complete relevant DBS checks.
The required adult:child ratio for three and four year olds (as stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage) is 1:8 but at Congresbury Preschool we generally work to a 1:7 ratio. We work to a ratio of 1:4 for our two year olds. This enables us to give each child more individual support.
The Committee :
The Pre-school is run by a committee of volunteers made up of parents and staff. Every year there is an opportunity for new parents to become involved. Posts that are needed in order for us to run are: Chairperson, Treasurer; General Secretary; Minutes Secretary; Admissions Officer; Funding Co-ordinator and General Committee members: We have great fun organising lots of fundraising and social events throughout the year. We are always looking at ways to improve our learning environments and resources both indoors and outdoors so as to continue to create a stimulating learning environment for the children.