Please read our Autumn newsletter
We are offering the 30 hours funding / free childcare with effect from 1st September 2017 and we accept Tax Free Childcare payments
Little Dragons are now only accepting funded only, term time applications for the academic year commencing in September 2019.
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”.
I is leaving to go to school in September 2016.
When asked on the exit questionnaire 'please describe the most positive experiences that your child has had during their time in the nursery', his mother responded;
Oh so numerous! Continuity of care from dedicated and professional staff who all know him. Support at each stage of his development. Trips out of nursery and a range of learning experiences within it, including visits from police, animals, creepie-crawlies!, theatre, dance, trying foods and experiencing traditions from all over the world. A lot of time to play outside as well as indoor activity, a lot of craft opportunities.
And for 'please describe the most positive experiences that you have had during your child's time in the nursery';
I have benefitted from the wisdom and experience of the staff, who have helped me get through difficult stages in I's development (potty training, tantrums, behaviour problems). I have had feedback on how he is progressing. I knew from the moment he started with them that Little Dragons' staff would look after him while I had to work.
I really think that ALL of the staff are quite exceptional and would really hate to think that by singling anyone out the others might not think I haven't appreciated the skills they have. Louise is so kind and naturally able to pick up on the needs of the children around her, reacting instinctively, it is humbling to see. Christine has such a lot of experience and a fantastic range of exciting activities - I've borrowed a few! Kirsty has been a constant in I's life throughout his time in nursery and gave him the stability and support that meant I could leave him without worrying. He absolutely adores her. Lorna is a model of sanity and good sense...I have never seen her flustered.
Dr M said that's he feels the nursery represents value for money and I am well aware of the difficulties nurseries face at the moment. I have never resented paying for the care my children have received whilst at Little Dragons.
I have recommended the nursery to friends locally and continue to do so. I visited several nurseries in the area before finding Little Dragons - I am very happy that I made the right decision in sending both of my children here.
I applaud the management on creating and keeping a team of fantastic individuals who all seem very happy to be working for you.