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5.1 Staffing

Policy statement

We provide a staffing ratio in line with the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality. Our staff are appropriately qualified and we carry out checks for criminal and other records through the Criminal Records Bureau in accordance with statutory requirements.

Procedures

To meet this aim we use the following ratios of adult to children:

  • Children under two years of age: 1 adult : 3 children:

–       at least one member of staff holds a full and relevant level 3 qualification and is suitably experienced in working with children under two;

–       at least half of all other staff hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification;

–       at least half of all staff have received training that specifically addresses the care of babies; and

–       where there is an under two-year-olds’ room, the member of staff in charge of that room has suitable experience of working with under twos.

  • Children aged two years: 1 adult : 4 children:

–       at least one member of staff holds a full and relevant level 3 qualification; and

–       at least half of all other staff hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification.

  • Children aged three years and over: 1 adult : 8 children:

–       at least one member of staff holds a full and relevant level 3 qualification; and

–       at least half of all other staff hold a full and relevant level 2 qualification.

  • We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements where a Qualified Teacher, Early Years Professional or other suitable level 6 qualified person is working directly with children aged three and over between the hours of 8am and 4pm as follows:

–       there is at least one member of staff for every 13 children; and

–       at least one other member of staff holds a full and relevant level 3 qualification.

  • A minimum of two staff/adults are on duty at any one time.
  • Each child is assigned a key person to help the child become familiar with the setting from the outset and to ensure that each child has a named member of staff with whom to form a relationship. The key person plans with parents for the child’s well-being and development in the setting. The key person meets regularly with the family for discussion and consultation on their child’s progress and offers support in guiding their development at home.
  • We hold regular staff meetings to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss children’s progress, their achievements and any difficulties that may arise from time to time.