St Nicholas Day Nursery has a large number of highly qualified and experienced Early Years Practitioners, many of whom have worked at the nursery for several years. Aside from our bank/relief staff, the majority of the remaining staff work in designated rooms to ensure the children feel safe and secure. We operate a ‘Key Person’ system giving parents the opportunity to liaise with a specific person to discuss their child’s progress.
We have two members of staff that have completed Special Educational Needs training. Tracey Beckworth, the Manager and Janet Bryant-Wells, a Supporting Team Leader. They have a wealth of experience between them and have a shared responsibility to oversee and implement all aspects of learning and care for those children who require additional support, whilst working closely with parents and professionals from other services. Both ladies attend refresher training and cluster meetings organised by the Lincolnshire Birth to Five Service, to ensure their practice remains current.
We have three regular staff members in our large, purpose built kitchen. Polly Smith, our Head Cook, is responsible for creating and managing a five week rolling menu, whilst ensuring strict hygiene standards are maintained at all times. We are proud to have had an Environmental Health five star rating since we opened in 2003.
Jo Houlden and Wendy Jackson work alongside Polly across the week to prepare every child with nutritious and varied meals throughout the day. The team rotate across the week to allow their skills to be used to educate the children in cooking, baking and simple food preparation. We cater for many dietary requirements, so please just ask. Our team use local sourced ingredients where possible and often select fresh food from either our kitchen garden (the children help with this), or from local suppliers. We choose to buy our meat from CJ’s (a local and well-respected butcher).
We are a modern, purpose built nursery benefiting from underfloor heating, spacious rooms with a lot of natural light, and an underfloor heating system. We pride ourselves on very strong relationships with local maintenance businesses including fire, gas, electricity, CCTV and site security.
We welcome students from local schools and training providers. Students are not included in our staff to child ratios. Apprentices may be used in ratios under the guidance of experienced and qualified members of staff, once we are happy that they have been fully inducted, are confident and have the skills to effectively work within the team and support the children within their care appropriately.
Thorough checks are carried out on ALL new staff and volunteers. Two professional references are sought, employment history requested and a Disclosure & Barring Service Check (formally CRB) is carried out in accordance with Ofsted and Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) legal requirements.
Safeguarding is at the heart of everything we do at St Nicholas Day Nursery. From the moment our families arrive in the spacious car park siganage supports their safe arrival at the front door. Our Reception area is screened and staff are always on duty to support and safeguard your child's safety. We have CCTV on site and in rooms and all external doors are protected by control measures to only allow authorised people through them.