Our unique setting has an incredible team of people and they are by far our biggest asset. All are DBS checked and between them hold an impressive portfolio of qualifications. The majority are Forest School and first aid trained and over half are educated to degree level. At Diggers we regularly update our training matrix so that we all have the opportunity to undergo CPD along with regular refresher workshops on important matters such as safeguarding.
Seven of our staff hold Forest School qualifications
We think this may well be a world record for an individual setting. Although none of us claim to be Gurus we will not be beaten for passion or for the example that we set the children.
At Diggers we are a self-reflecting team with everyone involved in the process of continuously improving the school, teaching and learning for the benefit of the children who attend. Regular staff meetings give us an opportunity to discuss, plan and strengthen the bonds further.
As management we know we expect a lot from our team. Add to that, the constant changes in weather, the heavy rucksacks, never mind the mud; it all makes working at Diggers quite a challenge. The fact that they are always more than keen to be outside whatever the weather makes us appreciate them even more.
Here is what the children say about our team
“Liz is gentle and nice, she is beautiful.”
– Sybil (aged 4)
“Liber is nice and she is kind, she makes up silly words and I laugh.”
– Freddy (aged 4)
“Chloe is funny, she gives me cuddles and makes me feel better.”
– Kit (aged 3)
“Alba is unicorns and horses. She is my best friend cos she is lovely and talks about important things I need to look at.”
– Luna(aged 3)
“Mrs B is funny, happy and makes me feel good. I like her doing the fires.” – Archie (aged 4)
– Archie (aged 4)
“Caroline is my favourite, I like digging with Caroline and taking things home, she’s good and funny.”
“I like Billy because he makes fires and gives us treats and he is funny.”
Sharon Bowell (AKA Mrs B) has a business and management degree and over 30 years of experience in the childcare sector, ranging through home childminding, pack away pre-schools, full day care, area manager and business manager. Sharon led her last nursery from good to outstanding and thrived on the challenge. Sharon loves the great outdoors and is a keen dog walker and camper. Sharon loves being able to share her time between her desk and the fresh air, whilst having some fun with the children as they learn through play. Sharon has recently completed her Forest School Level 3 Training – congratulations!