The day to day running of the Kindergarten is managed by co-supervisors Tina Walker and Sarah Russell and deputy supervisor Sarah Shepherd. We have a team of four other staff who work a variety of sessions throughout the week.

Staff attend training courses to continue their professional development in child protection, planning and all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage, first aid, autism, health and safety, and road safety.

At Horsmonden Kindergarten we adhere to the Ofsted adult to child ratio of 1:4 for 2 year olds and 1:8 for 3-5 year olds although we are frequently able to improve on these ratios.

Key person & record keeping

Each child has a designated key person. This is a member of staff who is of prime importance to your child, acting as a link between home and kindergarten. They will address any queries or concerns that you may have. At the kindergarten your key person is the person with whom your child will develop the closest relationship. They are in charge of overseeing your child’s care as well as their emotional and physical well being. Our routine allows your child plenty of one-to-one contact with their key person. During this time your child’s needs and capabilities will
be observed and this information will highlight how the key person will support, encourage and challenge them in the future.

Record keeping is vital for planning for individual children and ensuring successful development. All records are confidential and accessible to parents at any time. We are firm advocates of working in partnership with parents to ensure consistency between your child’s care at home and at kindergarten. It is important to have strong links with parents and therefore we encourage you to share any concerns with your child’s key worker or any other member of the staff. We have annual one-to-one parent meetings.