Our Staff

The Willows has a consistent staff team many of whom have a wide range of qualifications that are recognised by the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC). All of our staff have a wealth of experience which they bring to their role, whether as a parent or through training and working in a variety of early years settings. In each room there are key staff working set hours in order to ensure consistency for the children in our care.  The Willows also employs part time staff who work in all base rooms and over varying hours in order to maintain high levels of child/adult ratios at all times throughout the day.

Rigorous recruitment procedures are in place; potential new staff are all interviewed, references are sought and DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) checks are taken before they begin their employment with us. All new posts are subject to a three month probationary period.

Staff Ratios

The Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework gives clear adult to child ratios for early years settings, which are dependent on the age of the children within each room.  The current requirements for all settings are as follows:

  • Birth to two years
    one adult to three children
  • Two to three years
    one adult to four children
  • Three to eight years
    one adult to eight children (if an Early Years Professional is working within this room with a Level three qualified member of staff the legal ratio is one adult to thirteen children between the hours of 8am and 4pm)

The Willows recognises that maintaining high ratios is essential in order for us to continue to offer high quality childcare. Therefore we strictly adhere to these ratios at all times throughout the day.