‘Putting children first’ is one way we sum up our ethos in our nurseries. We have developed the following core values which all ofour staff follow and work to achieve:
In that we communicate informally and at a personal level, striving to avoid bureaucratic processes. We treat children and staff as individuals and develop friendly and supportive relationships with families and aim to create homely environments.
Personalised care and education is at the heart of our provision, and we believe that the children’s happiness, fun and laughter are key ingredients for successful provision.
In that we continually seek to develop the knowledge, skills and qualifications of our staff team.
We are a learning organisation that is at the forefront of improving the quality of our childcare practice, through training and development of our people and through action research. We set high standards for professional conduct and practice and aim to achieve excellence in all areas.
In that nurturing children’s development and well-being as individuals is our primary focus, taking a holistic approach, putting children’s needs first and employing staff who genuinely love working with children.
Our food is freshly prepared, locally sourced – where possible – and healthy eating is a key part of our focus on the well-being of children and staff. We provide children the opportunity to learn through first-hand experiences wherever possible.
In that outdoor learning and play in natural environments is promoted as an essential part of our provision, through Forest Schools and at each site. We encourage the use of natural materials and resources, aim to adopt green practices throughout the organisation and encourage each site to grow their own fruit and vegetables – and to experience the natural world all-year round.
In that we are ethical as a charitable organisation, putting children before profit and aiming to be inclusive and sustainable, both environmentally and financially. We seek excellence, honesty and integrity in all aspects of our work.