0118 937 5429

Volunteers & Students

We believe that a placement for a volunteer or student at our Nursery is a valuable opportunity to build experience whilst learning about working within an educational and caring Nursery.  Equally, we appreciate the positive contribution that such committed and enthusiastic people can bring to our Nursery.

However, at all times the needs of the children are paramount and therefore a Nursery needs to restrict the number of students and volunteers admitted at any particular time, in order to minimise disruption to the Nursery’s core activities.

Any information gained by the students about the children, families or other adults in the setting must remain confidential.

Trainees under 17 years of age are supervised at all times and are not counted in the staffing ratios.  Where the Senior Leadership Team (SLT) is satisfied that trainees aged 17 years or over are competent and responsible, they may be included in the staffing ratios.

All students and volunteers must have undergone an identity check and a Disclosure & Barring check before they begin their placement at the Nursery.

Students will be encouraged to discuss their individual learning needs with their mentor when they start work at the Nursery, and at regular intervals during their placement.

All new students and volunteers will undertake an induction process and will be allocated a mentor who will have day to day responsibility for them and their needs while at the Nursery.

Students and volunteers will be expected to adopt a professional manner at all times, and work within the Nursery’s existing policies and procedures.

While on the placement, students and volunteers will be both allowed, and expected to participate in all aspects of work at the Nursery, unless otherwise instructed by the Room Leader. Students and volunteers can attend staff meetings and will be encouraged to contribute ideas and share opinions.

Regular supervision and appraisal sessions with the mentor and/or the designated member of staff will be established as a means of monitoring progress.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or looking for a placement then please contact the office on 01189375429 or email .