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Quality, care and safety

Staffing expertise and key workers

All staff support the children's learning and development and provide quality care. The nursery is committed to the professional development of all staff members. The nursery use a named key person system so that each child gets the support they need.

See the table for details of staff and their qualifications.

Staff and qualifications
Staff member Qualifications
Manager and SENCO - Sally Hobbs Sally has an Early Years Professional Status (EYPS) and a Masters in Education.
Senior Childcare Workers, Childcare Workers and Childcare Assistants  Qualifications range from Level 2 to EYPS, with the majority of staff at Level 3.
Little Explorers cook

 The cook has a Level 2 qualification in Professional Cookery and a Food Safety qualification.

Staff ratios

Staff ratios
Child's ageStaff ratio
Under 2 years 1:3
2 to 3 years 1:4
From 3 years 1:8

Ofsted report and policies

See the nurseries Ofsted inspection report

Contact the nursery for a copy of their policies.


The safety of all children is key to Little Explorers. The nursery provides safe premises for children to explore and grow. 


The nursery follows the Safeguarding Children Policy. This is used when there is a concern for a child's well-being or safety. It ensures that children and families get the support they deserve to keep them safe. 

The nursery has a:

  • Designated Safeguarding Officer (the nursery manager)
  • Deputy Safeguarding Officer (the team Leader of Christchurch Children Centre)

For support and advice, contact the nursery. If you have a concern about a child, contact the Children's First Response Hub.

Staff checks

Before hiring a member of staff, the nursery will:

  • do an enhanced DBS (suitability) check
  • explore their work history
  • check references and supervision

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