Press release from Little Adventurers Nursery in Havering.

Little Adventurers Nursery in Havering recognised individual staff qualities at their annual staff awards as they celebrate their 4th birthday on the 6th April. This family run, home from home setting has achieved a great deal in the 4 years since opening including a Top 20 Nursery London Award, Healthy Early Years Silver Award (HEYL), Apprentice Employer of the Year as well as being filmed By Early Excellence and featured by Nursery World for best practice.

“We work very hard to recognise and value our fantastic staff team. They all do an amazing job at Little Adventurers and we have a great team spirit. Our annual staff awards are part of that recognition and we genuinely want to thank staff for all their efforts and hard work. Our recruitment process is highly selective and every member of our team has been chosen for their individual qualities alongside their academic professional qualifications,” Chris Ford, Business Development Manager for Little Adventurers explained.

Nursery workers sitting with the young children, holding 'Happy Birthday' balloons to celebrate Nursery's 4th BirthdayFor their awards this year, the staff and management team were asked to comment on their team members. Many practitioners were described as friendly, enthusiastic and great team players. Staff were also praised for their ability to extend learning through play, their sensitivity to situations, their fun and bubbly attitude as well as having a flexible and hardworking approach. The team are led by an exceptional Manager, Ginny Andreas who goes above and beyond in her caring leadership, a quality all of the team admire and appreciate.

This award-winning setting which works very hard at fostering high levels of health, well-being and school readiness, recently hosted a visit from the Deputy of Mayor of London in recognition of their Silver Healthy Early Years London Award.

Little Adventurers not only encourage good health and well-being for their nursery children but also for their valued staff team. “We do this in variety of ways but first and foremost our staff do not work 10- or 11-hour days; instead we chose to recruit a larger staff team to ensure staff work a regular 8 hr day with a full hour for lunch. We believe this is best for both the children and staff.” Practitioners also enjoy staff parties, team

building events and restaurant vouchers as part of their benefits package. “We also invite all staff to complete a feedback questionnaire each year with their ideas and suggestions for the further development of our nursery. As a management team we go through all the suggestions and where at all possible progress and implement staff ideas.”

We encourage staff to undergo further training to support them in their continued professional development for example by sponsoring Level 5 training and accessing training courses of particular interest to staff members.

Sharney, who has joined the fulltime staff team recently commented, “Here at Little Adventurers I am made to feel like a valued member of the team who is appreciated each and every day. Everybody who works here absolutely loves their job and it shows through the care they provide for the children. We recently had our staff awards and being a new member of staff, this helped me to know I am doing a good job and gave me so much more confidence in myself and my work.”

Nursery Director, Lee Stimpson said, “We are on a continuous journey of developing our setting and our A* staff team are all part of that journey with us. Sharing our vision and plans with the whole team is also something we regularly do and the feedback we receive from staff is always positive.”

“Little Adventurers Nursery – where children are cherished” – truly epitomizes the ethos at this nursery but the Nursery Management Team work hard at showing that it’s not just children who are cherished here – their staff are too!


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