Here at Auden Place, we have a strong staff team who are qualified in a variety of Early Years Qualifications from NVQ2 up to degree level.
The permanent team are supported by a great team of bank staff, some who have been with us for many years, but find the flexibility of bank hours work better for their lifestyles, whether it be family or university commitments. This pool of staff step in to cover annual leave, staff training and sickness, ensuring our children have familiar faces no matter what happens.
Staff members are strongly supported in their personal development and are all engaged in continuous professional training.
Our award-winning manager, Mikki Parkes (Nursery Manager of the Year 2011, Nursery World Awards), holds a NVQ4 in Early Years and a NVQ5 in Management. Mikki leads a dynamic four-person Management team, each with their own specific role in maintaining the high quality you’d expect from our ‘Outstanding’ nursery. Each of the other three managers holds a Level 5 qualification in Early Years.
We have a low staff turnover and many of our staff have been with us for several years. We find that by supporting good students who come for their work placements, they often join us when they complete their qualification and stay loyal to us for many years. New staff also bring in a new perspective and new ideas, and here at Auden we spend a lot of time looking for the right person to replace anyone that does move on. Our pool of bank staff helps us to do this as they step in for extra hours as necessary.
At Auden Place we are a strong advocate of the apprenticeship scheme, and since 2007 we successfully provided training to an average of three apprentices a year. Notably, many apprentices have remained with us after acquiring their Level 3 qualification, becoming part of the permanent team.
Aside from the childcare staff, right at the heart of the nursery, we have our kitchen staff. We have a full time cook and kitchen assistant who prepare our wonderful meals and snacks from fresh ingredients each day.
We also employ two lunchtime assistants who are in addition to the staff in ratio to support us over lunch, assisting with the serving and clearing away so that the full-time staff’s focus can remain on the children who are often ready for their sleep as soon as they have finished eating.