May 9, 2018 11:05 am
At the Mulberry Bush we know that the very best facility we can provide the children with is a committed, well qualified and inspired workforce. A practitioner who is excited and passionate about supporting children can help them achieve their full potential better than anything else. Our practitioners work incredibly hard and show huge dedication to their roles. Being an early years practitioner is far more than just a job, it is a vocation and our team often spend their spare time researching and sharing ideas of exciting activities they would like to do at nursery and even making things at home that to bring in for the children. Acknowledging this outstanding work and commitment is very important to us, just saying 'thank you' and 'well done' is so simple but makes a big difference. Every month we like to make a formal acknowledgement of the two members of staff who we feel have really gone above and beyond in helping and supporting the children, their colleagues and the nursery in general. We have one vote cast by the staff and one cast by the management team. The two members of staff are each awarded vouchers to spend on themselves and we always encourage them to go and spoil themselves with a special meal out of something lovely just for them!
As well as this we provide all of our staff with gym membership as we feel that enabling them to take time for their own health and well being is vital to enable them to come to work energized and enthusiastic.
We also hold big staff parties twice a year (summer and Christmas) where we take the whole team out for a big night out! These are always great fun and a big boost for moral. We also encourage the teams in each age group to plan team building activities which we provide a budget for. These can be as simple as a meal out or as exciting as white water rafting!
As a developing company one of our great advantages is that the Mulberry Bush can offer ambitious staff members the opportunity to progress in their careers. We also do all that we can to enable practitioners to train in their specific areas of interest. If they are inspired then we want to encourage and support this. We know that it will quickly permeate not only that individuals practice but the whole of the nursery, and this will enrich the experience of all the children.