Our staff are a dedicated team who always put the children first. All practitioners are qualified to Level 3 or above, and are constantly upgrading their skills through various means. All practitioners who work with the children hold relevant paediatric first aid qualifications.
At times, we also have students working towards their qualifications, and volunteers who kindly come and help out. They work under the supervision of the management team.
We are registered with OFSTED (110024)
Audrey King (Keycarer)
Sandra Loveless (Keycarer)
Rachel Sharpe (SENCo, Room Leader & Keycarer)
Paula Jenkins (Room Leader & Keycarer)
Des Martin (Headteacher/ Manager, Lead Practitioner Safeguarding & Child Protection)
(Cert.Ed. Infant Education, Level 5 Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies)
Des is the setting’s Headteacher and Manager, and has been at Castle Hill since 2005. In addition to the usual administrative duties, and as a qualified teacher, she supports all the practitioners in their goal to ensure that all children are happy and developing to their full potential. She is responsible for the wellbeing of both the children and the staff members, as well as supporting the Deputy Manager and Room Leader with their roles and responsibilities. Des is also Designated Lead Practitioner responsible for Safeguarding and Child Protection.
In addition to our regular staff, we encourage parents/carers to come in and help out, either on a regular or occasional basis, in whatever capacity they feel able to. This can be helping out on the Committee, volunteering as a play assistant when additional adults are needed, sharing your culture or your skills, storytelling, helping to foster an understanding of family or history through the sharing of photographs, and so on.
The benefits of being a volunteer parent/carer is that you have an active role in the pre-school education of your children, and a better understanding of what happens during your child’s time at pre-school. We hope you will consider contributing to our rich learning environment.
Our Parents Say About Us ...
Our parents say we are a positive, energetic and enthusiastic team with consistent, motivational attitudes.They believe that we go the extra mile to ensure that every child is happy and valued, makes sustainable progress, and develops a love of learning. We have received some fantastic reviews, both verbal and written,and a few are posted on our Facebook page. Thank you for all your kind words.