Our Staff

All our practitioners possess current enhanced CRB/DBS checks, and Safeguarding Training as a minimum requirement, and are reflective practitioners of current curriculum guidance and legislation. We adhere to a minimum ratio of practitioners to children of 1:3 for under 2 year olds, 1:4 for 2 year olds and 1:8 for 3 year olds. We also have a qualified Paediatric First Aid member of staff on the premises at all times.

Little Bicks operates a key person system, whereby your child is assigned a specific practitioner committed to their Learning & Development. They record weekly observations, take photographs and fill out a Learning Journal to track your child’s journey through the EYFS curriculum.

The key person also plans and carries out activities for group time with their key children designed to strengthen and develop key skills focussing on the child’s interests. Parents have the opportunity to chat with their child’s key person at drop off and pick up and also more formally at termly Parent Evenings.

The government has developed an EYFS parent guide to help explain all the above. In addition to the weekly observations, an EYFS progress check at age two is completed by the key worker. This progress check has been introduced by the government to enable earlier identification of developmental needs so that any

additional support can be put into place as early as possible. This also serves as a communication between the setting and the child’s Health Visitor, as a copy of this check is kept in the child’s Red Health Book.

To enhance the existing daily routine, we arrange several weekly ‘discovery sessions’. These allow the children to develop core skills. On a Monday morning the children enjoy a fun session with Israeli music group ‘Me and You Baby’. Without a doubt, it is one of the highlights of the week with children dancing, singing with musical instruments to all the well-known Israeli children’s songs.

Supporting the significance of healthy eating, our nursery chef engages the children in a weekly cooking activity, teaching the children how to prepare food and also experiencing the fun element of tasting what they have made. Gardening is another skill we hope our children will enjoy at our setting. Our fun avid gardener helps the children sow seeds, pull weeds, and water the plants and flowers. We hope to grow some vegetables and herbs to use in our cookery activities.