Staffing and employment policy


Statement of intent


We provide a high staffing ratio to ensure that children have sufficient individual attention and to guarantee care and education of a high quality. Our staff are appropriately qualified and are checked for criminal records through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) in accordance with Ofsted's requirements.




To ensure that children and their parents are offered high quality pre-school care and education.




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

- children aged two years of age: 1 adult : 4 children

- children aged three - seven years of age: 1 adult : 8 children

         A minimum of two staff/adults are on duty at any one time. Where practical a minimum of 3 staff will be on duty.

         We ensure each child and each family has a key member of staff for discussion and consultation.

         We hold regular staff meetings to undertake curriculum planning and to discuss children's progress, their achievements and any difficulties which may arise from time to time.

         We ensure we are offering equality of opportunity by using non-discriminatory procedures for staff recruitment and selection.

         All staff have job descriptions which set out their roles and responsibilities.

         We welcome applications from all sections of the community. Applicants will be considered on the basis of their suitability for the post, regardless of marital status, age, gender, culture, religious belief, ethnic origin or sexual orientation. Applicants will not be placed at a disadvantage by us imposing conditions or requirements which are not justifiable.

         Our pre-school leader and deputies hold the CACHE level 3 Diploma in Pre-school Practice or an equivalent qualification.

         We provide regular in-service training to all staff - whether paid staff or volunteers - through the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Babcock Prime and The Early Years and Childcare service.

         All employed staff will hold a current Paediatric First Aid certification.

         Our pre-school budget allocates resources to training.

         We provide staff induction training in the first week of employment. This induction includes our Health and Safety Policy and Procedures, Safeguarding requirements and practices, and Child Protection Policy and Procedures. Other policies and procedures will be introduced within an induction plan.

         We support the work of our staff by holding regular half-tern supervision meetings and yearly appraisals. Also, staff will be asked to sign a Conviction Declaration and Health Declaration annually.

         We are committed to recruiting, appointing and employing staff in accordance with all relevant legislation and best practice.

         We use Ofsted guidance on obtaining references and criminal record checks through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for staff and volunteers who will have significant access to children.

         When recruiting staff we will ask for 2 references. We will make follow up calls to candidates last employer. We reserve the right to contact any previous employers at our discretion.

         We will look for gaps in any candidates employment record and seek a good explanation for the gap.



This policy was adopted at a meeting of Winyates Playgroup Pre-school



Held on (date)

Julie Skipp

Signed on behalf of the pre-school