The Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust nurseries are friendly, professional environments to work in where staff are given the opportunity to develop their childcare skills and progress their careers.
We have medium sized friendly nurseries where the staff know each child and their family well and our nurseries have an excellent reputation within the local community.
The staff teams are strong, supportive and caring and there is a low staff turnover.
There are a number of benefits to working for Little Dragons nursery.
These are some of the comments made by Little Dragons staff about why they enjoy working in the nursery.
Sue is the Nursery Cook and she joined Little Dragons in January 2005.
She enjoys "Cooking healthy, nutritious food and empty plates at the end of the meal."
Sue feel that the benefits of working for BHFT are "Fair treatment with good working conditions."
And the benefits of working for Little Dragons "Working in a friendly, happy atmosphere."
Lorna joined Little Dragons in September 2003 as a Nursery Assistant. She is now a Team Leader of the Green Room for the children aged 3 months - 2 years. Since joining the nursery Lorna has completed her NVQ level 3 in Childcare and a Level 5 Diploma in Management and Leadership.
Lorna enjoys "Working with a great team and being involved in the management team.", "I also enjoy working alongside newly qualified staff and apprentices, giving them an opportunity to learn and develop in their career."
What does Lorna feel the benefits of working for BHFT are "Having a very supportive management team that are very approachable." and "Paying into a pension."
And the benefits of working for Little Dragons "Working amongst a lovely, dedicated team always bringing new ideas to each other and all having the nursery's best interest as a priority." and "Working closely with supportive parents and other professionals."
Kirsty joined the nursery in September 2008 as a Nursery Apprentice. She worked her way up to a Nursery Assistant once qualified, then onto Nursery Nurse and now with some years of experience she is working very effectively as a Team Leader in the Green room.
She enjoys "Working with a lovely big team of staff." and "The social interaction with children, staff and parents."
What are the benefits of working for BHFT "Gaining qualifications."
And Kirsty feels the benefits of working for Little Dragons are "I'm able to work with different age groups.", "I have furthered my qualifications quickly and efficiently." and "The nursery and all management and parents are so supportive."
Michelle joined Little Dragons in September 2007 as a Nursery Nurse. She has undertaken a degree during her time at Little Dragons and gained the Early Years Professional Status.
For Michelle, the benefits of working for BHFT are "I feel well looked after and appreciated.", "There is a competitive salary and a pension scheme."
And the benefits of working for Little Dragons "I love working at Little Dragons. They have provided me with the opportunities to develop my knowledge and work as part of a great team." "They have also given me the opportunity to be a Team Leader in the 3-5's room which I've always wanted."
Hollie started working at Little Dragons in 2016 as a trainee and when she qualified she became a Nursery Nurse based in the Green Room.
“I like the way all the staff members are and they all make you feel like you are a family. I like the way that everyone supports each other”.
“Our fetes are really fun to do and we all get involved with other exciting events and activities that happen throughout the year”.
J has always loved playing outside. During his time at the nursery he connected really well to all of the staff but especially Christine. Even when he struggled on some occasions being left for the day the girls would always reassure him. He loves to come home and tell me all about his day.
I always felt that J was safe and well looked after when I left him for the day. If on occasion he was upset on me leaving then I felt confident that when I called later on to see if he had settled he would be fine. On occasions the girls would call me first to reassure me that he was ok, knowing how much I hated leaving him if he was upset.
All the girls have been wonderful in looking after J. J loved his time in the red room with Christine as his key carer. He always speaks well of all the team, Lou Lou and Hayley especially. Now he is in his final year at nursery he really enjoys his time there and will often say at the weekend " is it nursery day today ", that shows me he is happy to attend and that's all I ask for.
Big thanks to everyone who looked after J in his time at Little Dragons. It will be the end of an era for both of us. I hope he gets as much care and attention when he starts school. It's one big happy family! Sorry to be leaving it x