Our Staff - First Steps

Meet the experienced and qualified staff at First Steps

The staff have a mixture of qualifications and experiences and have all been chosen carefully:

Kat

Director/General Manager

Designated Safeguarding Officer; Paediatric First Aid Officer; SENDCO; Health and Safety Officer.

Qualifications

BTEC HNC Level 5 in Advanced Practice in Working with Families and Children

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Introduction to Health and Safety; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Further Child Protection for Managers; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; LSCB: Neglect, Learning from Reviews and Child Sexual Exploitation; New Safeguarding Competency Framework; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Characteristics of Effective Learning; Elklan – ‘Talk Matters; Strengthening Leadership; Embedding Learning; Assessment and Moderation; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Partnership Training – Observations; Making it Better for Boys; New Ofsted Early Years Inspection Framework Briefing; Leicester City Council Early Years Quality Forum – Prevent Duty, Ofsted etc’; Infection Prevention and Control in an Early Years Setting; Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Premium; The Importance of Self Evaluation; Improving Children’s Learning through Play; Understanding and Addressing Behaviour; Characteristics of Effective Leaders; Providing a Healthy Food Environment.

First Steps Beaumont Leys Staff

Sarah

Manager

SENDCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead, Health and Safety Officer

Qualifications

Cache Level 4 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Introduction to Health and Safety; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Further Child Protection for Managers; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; LSCB: Neglect, Learning from Reviews and Child Sexual Exploitation; New Safeguarding Competency Framework; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; ‘Talk Matters’ Get Going with Communication; Supporting Children with Autism, Autism Awareness, Attachment Issues, Communication, Reflective Practice; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Making it Better for Boys; New Ofsted Early Years Inspection Framework Briefing.

Aziza

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People’s Workforce

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Child Development and the EYFS; Revised EYFS; Observation, Assessment and Planning.

Gina

Pre-School Officer (On Maternity Leave)

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

Level 3 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; Child Development and the EYFS; Revised EYFS; Observation, Assessment and Planning.

Wendy

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

Cache Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People’s Workforce, Level 1 Award in British Sign Language

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; ‘Talk Matters’ Get Going with Communication; Communicating with Signs and Symbols; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Early Phonics.

Nicola

Pre-School Officer and SEND 1:1 Support

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

NVQ Level 3 in Children’s Care, Learning and Development, Paediatric First Aid, Introduction to Safeguarding

Deb

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Understanding and Working with the EYFS; Early Phonics; Speech, Language and Communication; Theories Underpinning the EYFS; Being a Key Person in an Early Years Setting; The Importance of Self Evaluation; Infection Prevention and Control in an Early Years Setting; Understanding Children’s Rights; Effective First Aid Management in an Early Years Setting; Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.

Daisy

Pre-School Apprentice

Pre-School staff member and Playscheme worker

Qualifications

Training Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Understanding and Working with the EYFS; Early Phonics.

Tam

Pre-School Assistant

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

Cache Level 2 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Training Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding Children in Education; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Being a Key Person in an Early Years Setting; Equality and Diversity; Understanding the Revised EYFS; Supporting Learning Activities; Recognising and Supporting Children with SEND; Creating Rich Learning Environments.

First Steps Barley Croft Staff

Leslie

Manager

SENDCO, Designated Safeguarding Lead; Health and Safety Officer; 1:1 SEND support; Playscheme Worker

Qualifications

Cache Level 4 NVQ in Children’s Care, Learning and Development. Level 5 Diploma in Principles of Leadership and Management

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Introduction to Health and Safety; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Further Child Protection for Managers; LSCB: Neglect, Learning from Reviews and Child Sexual Exploitation; New Safeguarding Competency Framework; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; ‘Talk Matters’ get Going with Communication; Assessment and Moderation; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Partnership Training – Observations; Making it better for boys: New Ofsted Early Years Inspection Framework Briefing; Infection Prevention and Control in an Early Years Setting; Equality and Inclusion in an Early Years Setting; Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Premium; Speech, Language and Communication; Understanding and Addressing Behaviour in Early Years; Leicester City Council Early Years Quality Forum – Prevent Duty, Ofsted etc.; Being a Key Person in Early Years; Supporting Early Years Language Development; The Importance of Self Evaluation; Guide to Employing an Early Years Apprentice; Improving Children’s Learning Through Play; Providing a Healthy Food Environment; Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning; Characteristics of Effective Leaders; Theories Underpinning the EYFS.

Nicola

Senior Pre-School Officer

Health and safety Officer; Playscheme Worker

Qualifications

NVQ Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People’s Workforce Level 2 Diploma in Team Leading

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Introduction to Health and Safety; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; ‘Talk Matters’ get Going with Communication; Communicating with Parents and Professionals; Child development; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Partnership Training – Observations; Creating Rich Learning Environments; Speech, Language and Communication; The Importance of Self Evaluation; Effective Use of the Early Years Pupil Premium.

Elaine

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

NVQ Level 3 Diploma for The Children and Young People’s Workforce

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Emergency First Aid at Work; Use of Fire Extinguishers; Characteristics of Effective Learning; Observation, Assessment and Planning; Partnership Training – Observations.

Natalie

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Childhood Studies (Nursery Nursing)

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering; Awareness of Child Abuse and Neglect; Partnership Training – Observations

Emily

Pre-School Apprentice

Pre-School staff member and Playscheme worker

Qualifications

Training Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Practitioner (Early Years Educator)

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; Food Safety and Hygiene for Catering;

Emma

Pre-School Assistant

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

NVQ Level 2 in Children and Young People’s Workforce; Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Team Leading

Training Completed

Paediatric First Aid; Safeguarding in Education: Early Years; The ‘Allegations Against Adults’ (Lado) Course; Safeguarding Children: Designated Safeguarding Lead; Level 2 Food Allergy Awareness – Early Years

Becky

Pre-School Officer

Pre-School staff member

Qualifications

NCFE Cache Technical Level 3 Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

Staffing Ratios:

2-3 years ----> 1 per 4 children

3-10 years ----> 1 per 8 children

What do the parents say?
  • Thanks for all you did for Serena while she was with you. She is enjoying school but still talks about First Steps every time we walk past.
  • Amrit loves his afternoons with you and can’t wait to get there every day. He is so much better behaved at home now too.
  • Thanks very much for helping Ellie with her toilet training. It has been much easier for me when I have your support.
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