In our setting we maintain the ratio of adults to children in the setting that is set through the Welfare Requirements. We welcome volunteer parent helpers and students. This helps us to:
- give time and attention to each child;
- talk with the children about their interests and activities;
- help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide; and
- allow the children to explore and be adventurous in safety.
The Welfare Requirements require us to have a minimum of 1 adult for every 4 children aged 2-3 and 1 adult for every 8 children aged 3-5. In exceptional circumstances we may open with 1 adult for every 13 children age 3-5, however there will always be 1 adult for every 4 children under 3.
The staff who work at our setting are:
Special Responsibilities: Manager, Equalities Designated Person, Child Protection Designated Person, First Aider
Lucy joined the setting in January 2013 and has a level 5 in Management for Early Years & Childcare. She brings to the setting her many years experience working for Kids Unlimited and lots of creative ideas. Lucy is also responsible for Equalities and looking after children in the yellow group. Lucy is mum to three children, one dog and two cats!
Special Responsibilities: Deputy Manager, Child Protection Designated Person
Monique is the setting’s Deputy Manager. She joined the setting in September 2012 and prior to this worked for 4 years as a child minder and in day nurseries for over 9 years prior to having her 2 children. Monique has a Level 3 qualification in Early Years & Childcare and is the setting’s designated person for Child Protection. She is responsible for children in the purple group.
Special responsibilities: Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, Behaviour management, Every Child a Talker Co-ordinator
Tanya holds a level 3 in Early Years and Childcare.She has a level 1 qualification in ELKLAN (speech and language support) and Tier 2 Qualification in Autism Training. She works four days a weekand helps ensure that our children with special needs have all the help and support that they need and to help Louise in the blue group. Tanya also co-ordinates our Every Child a Talker scheme to help promote Language and Communication in the setting. Tanya joined the setting in October 2014 after experience working with other preschools and as a childminder.
Special responsibilities: Physical & Nutrition Co-ordinator, Equalities Co-ordinator
Louise has a Level 3 in Early Years and Childcare and joined the setting in January 2013. Louise has previously worked managing small day nurseries around the Cambridge area and manages to combine working at Little Wombatz with being mum to her two children, raising lots of puppies and doing lots of housework! Louise is responsible for promoting health and nutrition in the setting.
Jemma has her level 3 in early years and childcare. She joined the setting in September 2013 has recently returned to work part time following maternity leave. She is working with children in the green group. Jemma has lots of experience working with children and has volunteered with the Soham Holiday Playscheme for several years.
Andrea joined the setting in October 2015 whilst woring for her level 3 in Early Years Education. She completed the qualification in 2016 and continues to work part time and brings with her a wealth of life experiences and love of music. She is mum to two boys, loves cats and is a governor at St Andrews school.
Michelle, Kate & Kerry
Michelle, Kate and Kerry provide cover for us when our regular staff are on courses or are ill. Michelle and Kate have level 3 qualifications in Early years and Childcare and Kerry is unqualified.
Students & Volunteers
As part of our commitment to ensuring that the Early Years Workforce is well qualified we welcome a number of students into our setting, mainly from Cambridge Regional College. This year our students are Charlotte (level 2) and Sharna (level 3).