At New Beginnings, we are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. We operate safer recruitment in line with all the safeguarding requirements. All practitioners are subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring service checks (DBS) and every job offer is subject to receipt of 3 satisfactory references, one of which must come from previous employer and others from acquaintances. No one with unchecked background is allowed to work without supervision in our children playing rooms.
We take pride in our commitment to our staff and in the commitment they show to your child. As an organisation we recognise the clear link between well-qualified, enthusiastic staff and high quality care and education for your child; and that is why in our recruitment process we don’t just look for qualification and experience, but also for that extra passion for working with children and babies.
Ofsted requirement relating to staff qualifications in a day nursery is that 50% of the staff must hold a recognised and relevant childcare qualification to the basic Level 3 and there must be staff trained in paediatric first aid on site at all times. At New Beginnings we ensure that 75% of our staff hold as a minimum Level 3 qualifications or above, and encourage a commitment to attend training from those below that level. We also have an ongoing arrangement with local universities who send us their final year graduates in the summer period. The exchange of ideas gained from this experience has been immeasurable both for the students and the setting. Also all our staff hold relevant paediatric first aid qualifications; and all staff also receive training in basic food hygiene, fire safety as well as health and safety.
All nursery staff have a secure working knowledge in areas such as special educational needs and child protection, as well as designated specialist staff who receive extra training in these areas.
Staff also attend varied training sessions throughout the year designed to improve and extend their practice in working with children.