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Closed for Staff Training?

training dayMany nurseries are starting to run training days for their staff teams.  The opportunity to get staff together at a time when they are not already tired from a day at work, is both a positive team building exercise but also a fantastic time to introduce new practice to the nursery.  However, in order to have all staff present you have two choices: run the training on a Saturday (or in the holidays) or close the nursery for a day.  Which of these options is right for you?

A Saturday Training Day

Having all the staff in on a non-working day is expensive – either you have to pay staff or lose some of the good will we work hard to build up.  If you have a very positive staff team, many of them won’t mind spending the day with each other, but don’t forget the challenge they may face finding childcare or transport on the day.

Closing for a Training Day

Closing the nursery for the day means your staff will be happy, but your parents probably won’t be!  It’s actually an important part of staff development and if you sell it correctly to the parents, hopefully, they will understand that.  In fact, if you get it just right, you might even be able to charge them for it!

Whichever option you choose to go with, this is just a tiny part of the planning that has to go in to running a training day for your staff team.  But don’t worry, we have you covered with our Top Tips for running a training day!  You can find this free resource on our downloads page, you just need to be logged in to see it.  If you’re looking to do even less work than that, then maybe we can help out.

About the author: Matt Stanford

Matt Stanford
Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.

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