About us and Our Staff
Our children thrive in a safe and supportive environment, according to the principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage, where we work in partnership with the parents.
We offer children a homely family atmosphere, and to ensure that this is maintained we keep staffing levels high, and ratios as generous as we can, ensuring quality throughout.
We are a Community Interest Company, and as such it is very important that we serve the local community in offering high quality childcare and employing local staff and trades people where possible.
We are set in an attractive residential area of Saffron Walden, serving the locality & within commuting distance of London & Cambridge.
The Nursery was established in the late 1980’s by parents of the Bell Language School, later to be taken over by senior members of staff, one of whom is still one of our managers to this day.
Over the past few years the Nursery has grown and in April 2011 we moved into our newly refurbished college building, adjacent to the original setting.
Bell Day Nursery is open for 51 weeks of the year. We open at 08:00 hrs and close at 18:00 hrs Mondays to Fridays , and offer both full days and half days.
The management team
Gina has been with us since 2010. Gina has a BA Degree in Early Childhood Studies, Early Years Teacher status and is a qualified trainer.
Gina works full time at the Nursery spending time both in the office and in the rooms when needed. Gina is the lead of the Nursery and takes on every aspect.
Kirsty is our General Manager. Kirsty has been with us as a practitioner over the last 22 years. Kirsty supports Gina within her role of running the nursery on a day to day basis taking on the food side of things, heath and safety and staff issues.
Helen is our Deputy Manager. Helen has been with us for many years working in many different roles. One of Helen's passions is music and it's impact on a child's development. As a qualified trainer, Helen also enjoys training all our staff members as well as supporting staff members in tracking children's development.
Arthur has been our advisor for some years but has now taken up his part-time post working Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week. He has many years of experience in the Early Years and enjoys training others in Childcare. Arthur oversees Health and Safety and parts of the running of the nursery.
Jenny trained as a primary school teacher at the Saffron Walden Teacher training College on the same site that the Nursery now occupies. Having qualified she taught in two different schools, before continuing her training to cover Nursery Education. Jenny came back to her roots when joining the Nursery staff in 1993.
Jenny works from Tuesday-Friday and works on our accounts and book keeping.
A trained and experienced team of varying ages cares for and educates the children giving a rich balance of energy, ideas and enthusiasm.
Happily our staff retention is good, which offers continuity of care to families with several children.
We have a rigorous DBS checking system in place. With a view to Continuous Professional Development our staff regularly attend courses and takes part in on line courses. All staff hold the full 12 hour First Aid,Safeguarding Certificates and Food Hygiene, which are updated every 3 years.
We have staff who attend Health and safety training and other specialist areas as required by Ofsted.
We have all policies as laid down in legislation by Ofsted, which cover all aspects of Nursery life.
The up to date legislation on Safeguarding Children means that if we ever suspect that a child's physical or emotional safety is in question we are duty bound by law to report the facts to Social Services.
You can read our Ofsted report direct on their website: www.ofsted.gov.uk
Ofsted telephone number: 0300 123 1231
Our main nursery Ofsted Registration Number: EY430811
Our Pre-school Ofsted Registration Number:EY2524094