The Little Bears Team
We have an experienced, fully qualified and friendly team, which consists of our supervisor and three members of staff, all of whom are DBS checked. Staff have paediatric first aid and level 2 food hygiene qualifications.
Staff regularly attending training to continue their personal development (CPD) in order to provide the highest standard of childcare within the setting.
All children at Little Bears are assigned an individual member of staff, to act as their “key person”. They are always happy to speak to parents/guardians about any aspect of their child's time at Little Bears.
We have a designated Safeguarding Lead & Deputy, Language Lead and a SENCO Officer (Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator) who undergo specialist training.
All members of staff also have safeguarding training. A copy of our Safeguarding policy is included on our Policies page.
We currently have three designated Safer Recruiting team members.
Meet the Team
Debbie has been in childcare for 17 years and ran her own childminding business for 10 years.
She has worked at Little Bears since 2009 and has been our Supervisor since 2019 as well as our Safeguarding Lead & SENCO Officer.
Managing the day to day running of the setting and is responsible for ensuring the children have a safe and happy environment in which they can thrive and learn through play.
Debbie prepares our newsletter, keeping parents fully updated with our activities and “Little Bear” achievements on a weekly basis.
CACHE Level 3 Childrens Care Learning & Development
Early Years SENCO Core Training
Level 3 Advanced Safeguarding
Julie Deputy Supervisor
Julie joined us in 2008, whilst working within our setting, Julie studied and achieved an NVQ Level 2 in Childcare Learning and Development.
Julie took on the role of Deputy Supervisor in Sept 2020 and is our Deputy Safeguarding lead.
Emma has worked with children for over 20 years since qualifying with a Diploma in Nursery Nursing in 2000.
Since then she has worked for Kidsunlimited for 11 years, managed a small nursery and also worked in a Montessori setting.
Emma joined Little Bears in 2019 and became our Language Lead in 2022.
Emma manages our Facebook page, keeping parents updated with current day to day activities.
Mica joined us in January 2023, having previously worked within Primary Schools as a SEN Learning Support Assistant.
Mica qualified in 2012 and has a CACHE Level 2 in Children's & Young People's Workforce.
Early Years Foundation Stage
An integral part of our daily routine is the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). This is a structure of learning, development and care for children which enables your child to learn through a range of activities.
- Children learn through play
- Providers work closely with parents
- Parents are kept up to date on their child's progress
- The welfare, learning and all-round development of children with different backgrounds and levels of ability, including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our Curriculum Statement
Little Bears is about supporting children's learning through play and helping them to be ‘school-ready’. We aim to help every child to become independent, confident, socially interactive and have a rich vocabulary by the time they go to school. Every support is given to them to help them develop at their own pace and reach their optimum potential in every area. We want all our Little Bears to have fun, feel happy and safe in the learning rich environment that we offer.
Download the full curriculum
An elected parent committee manages the business of Little Bears, which ensures all decisions affecting Little Bears are taken by the parents. The Committee consists of three officers (the Chair, the Secretary and the Treasurer) and a number of other committee members.
The Committee usually meets once per term to discuss all aspects of running Little Bears as well as look at new ideas for the Pre-School and how we can improve. All committee members are volunteers and as such we are always looking for new members to help out with the various aspects involved in running the Pre-School.