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Opening Times

Breakfast Club: 7:45am-9am

Busy Bees Preschool: 9am-3pm

After School Club: 3pm-6pm

 

Spaces now available!

 

 

 

Diary Dates

Autumn Term  2016:

First day:  Wednesday 7th September

Half term:  Monday 24th - Friday 28th October

Last day:   Friday 16th December

 

Spring Term 2017:

First day:   Wednesday 4th January 

Half Term: Monday 13th - Friday 17th February

Last day: Friday 7th April

 

Summer Term 2017:

First day:  Monday 24th April 

May Bank holiday: Monday 1st May 

Half term:  Monday 29th May - Friday 2nd June 

Term ends: Friday 21st July 

 

Staff and Committee

Our Staff

 

At Busy Bees, we take our commitment to staff suitability very seriously.  To ensure the staff working at Busy Bees are suitable to do so, the vetting process begins from the point of application.  This process ensures that all staff working at the setting are safe to do so.  Please ask if you would like to see a copy of our Suitable Persons checklist.

 



The team at Busy Bees are:

 

 

Emma Davis - Term Time Manager and Designated Safeguarding Officer

Early Years Teacher Status (2016)

Postgraduate Certificate in Leading Early Years (2016)

BA Hons in Integrated Working with Children and Families (2015)

Foundation Degree in Early Years (2014)

Forest School Leader 

Diploma in Preschool Practice Level 3

 

My role at Busy Bees role is to manage the running of the Preschool, Breakfast Club and After School Club provision which includes:

* writing and implementing policies to ensure children are safe, well cared for and are able to learn and develop in a supportive environment.

* planning the educational programme of activities based on children's interests and next steps.

* sourcing and ordering resources to support and extend children's development.

* monitoring children's progress through the EYFS and ensuring support is in place if required.

* attending meetings including Safeguarding, transitions for children to Reception and meetings with the Local Authority.

* publicity of the business including submitting articles to the local press, updating the social networking sites and the Busy Bees website

* Checking and approving observations uploaded to children's online Learning Journeys

* Invoicing and reconciliation

* Managing staffing issues including training and appraisals.

 

 

 

 

Bev Hughes - Deputy Manager and SENCO

NVQ Level 3

SENCO

 

At Busy Bees, my role is Deputy Manager and my responsibilities include the following:

* Managing Busy Bees in the absence of Emma

* Responsibility for the admission of children, managing how many children we have in on each day, the spaces we have available and confirming start dates.  This also includes collating all of the funding forms to ensure we receive funding for the children's sessions as appropriate.

* I teach phonics sessions every morning and afternoon with the Butterfly group.

* I am the Busy Bees SENCO which means I monitor children's progress and liaise with parents and the Key Person to support children's development.

* I am also a Key Person to a group of families.

 

 

Jodie Smith - Supervisor

NVQ Level 3

 

 

Vicki Steventon - Supervisor (Breakfast & After School Club)

Holiday Club Manager

Playwork Level 2

Early Years Care and Education Level 3

 

Michelle Bullock - Preschool Assistant

Diploma in Homebased Childcare

 

My role at Busy Bees is as a Key Person for a small group of families.  This includes:

 

* Keeping you up to date with your child’s progress. 

* Responsibility for children's personal care and welfare including supporting parents through periods of transition such as toilet training and progression to school.

• Help your child make progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) by spending time with your child in small groups to extend their learning.

• Encourage your child’s personal, social and emotional development through a safe, trusting and nurturing relationship.  Our aim is that when children leave us, they are well on their way to becoming happy, confident, self-directed learners.

• Observe your child to understand their preferences, interests, learning style and development. This information will be used to plan activities which build on your child’s interests and extend their development.

 

 

Fay Pilliner - Preschool Assistant

Playwork Level 2

Early Years Care and Education - Level 3

Forest School Leader - Level 3

 

As a Preschool Assistant, my responsibilities include:

 

* Keeping you up to date with your child’s progress.

* Responsibility for children's personal care and welfare including supporting parents through periods of transition such as toilet training and progression to school.

* Help your child make progress through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) by spending time with your child in small groups to extend their learning.

* Encourage your child’s personal, social and emotional development through a safe, trusting and nurturing relationship. Our aim is that when children leave us, they are well on their way to becoming happy, confident, self-directed learners.

* Observe your child to understand their preferences, interests, learning style and development. This information will be used to plan activities which build on your child’s interests and extend their development.

* Planning and evaluating Forest School sessions which take place on a weekly basis

 

 

 

Julie Brownson:  Preschool & After School Club Assistant

Diploma in Children & Young People's Workforce - Level 3

 

Hollie Robson: Term Time Assistant

Diploma in Children & Young People's Workforce - Level 3

 

 

Staff Supervision:

Staff performance is overseen by the Practitioner's Manager and is done so in a 'hands on' manner and within a cyclial process of reflection and evaluation.  The open, respectful ethos of the setting allows for communication regarding performance, support required, training needs and evaluation of aspects of roles and responsibilities.  

One to one discussions allow for exchanges of information regarding children's learning and development, additional support required, leadership of specific areas of the provision and safeguarding issues.  

Managers oversee all aspects of Practitioner's employment including induction, mentoring, supervision and support for the role undertaken.  A copy of our Supervision policy can be seen at the bottom of this page.

 

 

Directors

Busy Bees is run by a parent committee led by a team of 5 Directors who are all volunteers.  The Directors are legally responsible for the management and running of Busy Bees.



The Directors are elected by a properly constituted group and has the same responsibilities as the owner of a business. It is responsible for:

* The smooth running of the group and for the welfare, care and education of the children who attend.

* Deciding what to buy, paying the bills, fixing the fees and initiating fund raising.

* Employing staff, deciding salaries and ensures PAYE and National Insurance contributions are paid.

* Ensuring OFSTED requirements and obligations relating to the hire of premises and insurance are met.

* Determining the admissions policy and making sure that the group operates in a non-discriminatory way.

* The financial accounts of all the group's activities to present to the members - and where appropriate, the Charity Commission - for approval each year.

* Taking legal responsibility for the group and all its actions (or inaction). If the group gets into legal or financial trouble, members of the committee can in many cases be held responsible.



The Directors are the employer of staff  and so have overall responsibility for recruiting, training and developing staff, paying their salaries and managing their contracts. The Directors also have responsibility for things like developing a business plan, managing the daily accounts and working with staff, ensuring the setting follows health and safety, risk assessment, insurance and first aid guidance.

 

Research shows clear benefits for children when parents become actively involved in their child's learning and development.

Volunteering offers an ideal opportunity to be more involved. Parents also find benefits for themselves including meeting other parents, updating skills and learning new ones, as well as putting something back into the local community.

 

1. Can anyone be a Director?

All parents of children at Busy Bees and other interested parties within the community can put themselves forward to be elected at a Committee meeting or AGM. At least 60% of the Directors should be family members, i.e. have a child attending Busy Bees.



2. How many times do Directors meet each year?

A minimum of three times a year. Our Directors usually meets once a term but regularly keep in contact though telephone calls and email.



3. When is a new Director elected?

Usually, new members are elected at the AGM when members stand down.  However, should a member stand down at any other time, a replacement will be sought.  



4. Who are the main officers?

Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.



5. How many members are needed?

Our committee is made up of  5 Directors who are voted in.  The current Directors are listed at the bottom of this page.



6. Who attends meetings?

All Directors, staff and parents.  The staff cannot vote at the meetings and cannot be present when decisions about wages are being made.



7. How long does a Director serve?

Generally they serve for a minimum of one year 



8. Who can’t be a Director?

People under the age of eighteen or have a disorder under the Mental Heath Act, those

convicted at anytime of an offence involving deception or dishonesty, unless the

conviction is legally spent, those who are un-discharged bankrupts, those who have been

removed from being a trustee because of misconduct, those disqualified from being

company directors and those who have failed to make payments under county court

administration orders.



9. Can Directors be paid?

Only for the expenses of any work that they do.



10. Who does the staff appraisals?

The Manager appraises the practitioners. The chair appraises the Manager.  The Directors would also have to over see the whole appraisal process as they are the legal employers.



11. As a Director am I able for any loss or debts?


No. Busy Bees is a company limited by guarantee.



12. Can I leave  half way through the year?

Although this is not preferable some circumstances may mean that this may occur. You should make your resignation in writing to the Chair.



13. Do Directors need to have a CRB check?

It is a requirement of Ofsted that anyone who has day to day contact with the children in any capacity has a CRB “Enhanced” disclosure. You will be required to apply for a CRB check through Ofsted - all the relevant paperwork will be supplied.

 

Directors 2011/2012:

Gary Knight - Chair

Rob Stewart - Vice Chair

Angela Leaver - Treasurer

Jessica Warner - Company Secretary

Lorna Shakesheff - SEN Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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