We regularly conduct Performance Management reviews for our Team – analysing the day-to-day in the rooms, and identifying areas of practice which could be further enhanced.
Training may be provided in a variety of ways….
e-LEARNING COURSES: All staff complete e-learning on Child Protection and Food Hygiene, as part of their induction to the Nursery. Alongside these core modules however, we like to get together to complete a wide variety of Online Courses, appreciating that by doing so we can engender lots of valuable discussion and reflection on our personal practice within the Nursery.
EARLY YEARS CONFERENCES AND SEMINARS: We pay for the Team to atttend conferences which are put on by the Local Authority or NDNA. When they return, Staff are then encouraged to cascade this learning to the various teams in the rooms, fully embedding their understanding of the different topics.
IN-HOUSE: Due to the reduction in Training offered by the Local Authority, we like to invite various speakers to deliver training to the Team (such as our recent Whole Staff Meeting on the Characteristics of Effective Learning).
FURTHER QUALIFICATIONS: We often identify external training needs which MAY NOT be ‘Early Years’ specific (such as Team Leading) and suitable candidates then attend these courses to enhance their understanding in those areas.
SPECIALIST MEDICAL TRAINING: Where possible, we try to ensure as many members of staff are fully trained in Paediatric First Aid. We link with Mark Prothero of Hereford First Aid to have dedicated in-house training over several evenings, ensuring the team feel as confident as they can in different medical scenarios. Mark has also joined us for Whole Staff Meetings to provide ‘refresher’ sessions.
We also liaise closely with specialist medical practitioners, should any of the children in our Care require additional support. For example, many of our Team undertook several rounds of diabetes training to support one child, while we have also taken part in a training presentation for a child with TOF/OA.