"Wonderful care
and education.. "
Rum Tum Tugger's Nurseries Ltd
Latton Green Primary School
Riddings Lane, Harlow
Essex, CM18 7HT
Tel: 01279 444840

Blog: Operational Plan

Security Lights.

19 November, 2008. posted in Everyday, Operational Plan.

Thank you to those parents who have pointed out the problems with the security lights on the rear of the building. We have reported this to our Landlords but it appears that this is not just a simple bulb changing exercise. There is a cabling problem which needs a costly repair. Whilst the work has been authorised, our Landlords are unable to tell us when the repair will be carried out.

As the nights are so dark now, if you feel more comfortable, please feel free to use the main entrance instead. Hopefully, the works will be completed sooner rather than later. 

Linsey’s back!!

6 October, 2008. posted in Events, Everyday, Operational Plan.


We’re pleased to confirm that, as of 13th October 2008, Linsey Brown will be coming back to work at Rum Tum Tugger’s following the birth of baby Alfie. Linsey will be known to many of you but for those who haven’t had the pleasure, Linsey ran our North Weald nursery until joining the Harlow time at the end of 2007. Linsey’s role in the team is Deputy Manager. A position she now job shares with Laura Boultwood. Linsey is our senior member of staff on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays.

Linsey’s key areas of responsibility will be Health and Safety, Personnel and Inclusion Development. An experienced and highly successful member of the team, we’re delighted she’s back on board!

Do you use card payments?

6 October, 2008. posted in Everyday, Operational Plan.

Having introduced the card payment facility at nursery earlier this year, not many people use the facility. The monthly charges to rent the equipment are high and, each transaction incurrs an administration charge which I then have to pass on to you as end users.

In order to continue to keep this facility at nursery, I need to know if you think it’s useful and value for money. Can you send me your comments please?



Childcare Registers

25 September, 2008. posted in Everyday, Operational Plan, Policies and Procedures.

Ofsted have changed the registration process for childcare. There are now 2 registers, one voluntary and one compulsary. The compulsary element is the Early Years Register for those delivering the Early Years Foundation Stage on  non-domestic premises and a voluntary Childcare Register.

Below is a link to an Ofsted document which outlines the commitments as a provider on both registers.

 I’m not suggesting that it’s the most interesting read but it’s important that parents are given access to information about the standards expected of childcare providers.

Just a reminder that you can access all Rum Tum Tugger’s Policies and Procedures through the blog.



Self-Evaluation – Staff Roles and Responsibilities.

18 September, 2008. posted in Everyday, Operational Plan, Policies and Procedures, Training.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our recent self-evaluation exercise. I’m delighted to say that the majority of feedback was fantastic and is a wonderful thing to share with the team of staff who look after your children.

Needless to say we are not perfect and one area we are looking into is familiarity of staff and staff turnover.

In real terms, since January 2008, we have said good bye to 3 staff members. One as a result of the consolidation of the North Weald setting and one was a new recruit who found nursery life harder than expected after having worked with primary aged children. More recently, we said farewell to Leanne who wanted to try her hand and being a nanny. 2 members of the team are currently on maternity leave.

We really value our team. We have a rigourous selection process, involving 2 interviews, an assessment and 2 references. All people having access to children are CRB checked. We offer market related salaries and access to a pension scheme that the nursery contributes to. We offer a degree of paid sick leave and paid annual leave and bank holidays. We invest in regular training opportunities, including degree placements, work based training and appraisals to encourage our team in professional development.

From time to time, we use temporary staff to cover periods of annual leave, training or sickness. We choose these individuals from a team of regular relief staff on our payroll. If unavailable, we source cover from a local agency that we have worked with for many years, who supply experienced and vetted nursery nurses or nannies.

We also work closely with Harlow College and Trident to give quality training opportunties to students.

Temporary staff and students in the setting can give the appearence of high staff turn over so to help parents and carers identify who are permanent key members of the team, the staff have been issued with new badges stating their name and role. Badges have also been prepared for Relief Staff and Students so you can immediately place someone’s role within the team.

There is also a staff picture board in the main entrance.

I hope this helps. If anyone has any suggestions or comments, please feedback to me. Self-evaluation isn’t just once a year, it’s on going so keep in touch!


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