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cynthia college

"Training is all about learning and development, that's the most important thing."

"I've been with the College for 26 years. I started as Crèche Co-ordinator for Haringey College. Now I am the Nursery Manager for the College, responsible for the 49 place nursery and a crèche at Broadwater Farm. We have 16 staff, including three at Broadwater Farm. The children are aged four months to five years (we can take nine 9 babies, 24 aged two and three and 16 from three to five). 80 learners this year were supported through the nursery.

The students work as part of the team, supervised by the staff, and they get hands on training, along with learning about the national curriculum and national standards. We also offer work experience to 14-19s from Haringey schools; some of these young people are doing care qualifications. The nursery had 15 student placements this year.

We also work closely with the Supported Learning team, offering placements for students with learning difficulties. This has been very successful – one learner stayed from the end of January until Easter, she was dedicated, and her attendance was excellent. The children respond positively and the parents love it. It's an important part of growing up, for the children to be in contact with disabilities as part of a natural environment..

Training is all about learning and development, that's the most important thing. The trainees get an in-depth view of what it would be like before they go outside. Our staff all undertake training. They can ask questions, and it gives us an insight on ourselves, adding to the learning and development of staff and how we perform. It enables us to forward think, develop our strengths and address weaknesses, updating our staff to be in line with the latest practice."

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