Nursery has a strong team of volunteers who give up their time to come and work with the children during the sessions. Volunteering has a long tradition from when Nursery began as a local Playgroup, and is an important aspect of the setting’s work.
Many of the volunteer team attend training courses, participate in Nursery in-house training events (INSET days) and offer help by being available for supply work when staff are off sick or on training. Some move into employment at the setting in order to assist with children with identified Special Educational Needs. In recent years many volunteers come in the form of students on work placements, either from school or from local college on childcare courses.
All staff, supply staff and regular volunteers are checked for suitability and hold DBS checks. Checks are reviewed every three years and renewed if necessary. All staff and volunteers receive training in safeguarding and child protection.