Re: Piplings Nursery - feedback request
Posted by HelenAnne
July 31, 09:01PM
As an ex member of staff who has recently left, I can and will recommend Piplings based on my experiences.
Yes, I have seen many a comment about management and the admin side of things but I had no issues at all in my 3 years and 3 months working there.
It was a very positive experience for me in all aspects of the job.
I left for the first time in August 2017, and two months later, I was back.
I left for health reasons which was understood, but I also needed time to work out what I really wanted, which I couldnít do while I was working there, I couldnít think clearly or be objective.
I stayed for four months after I gave my notice instead of the required two, and also covered holidays in the two months I wasnít full time working.
My health became an issue so much so, that I requested to change my working days from full time to three days a week, which was agreed and with the same hourly rate.
When I went back in November, I was informed that three days was fine and the hourly rate would be the same, which I was not expecting.
I didnít want to go back as a senior, which was accepted, even though I did find that I was still being relied on for a lot of small things, which, to be fair is to be expected if youíve been somewhere a fair amount of time.
Anyway, I returned in the November and when I did finally leave for good, I had switched to the housekeeping role, purely because I felt that being with the children was affecting my health with more migraines and being plagued by recent illnesses, all of which were dealt with very emphatically by day to day management and the other staff.
I felt that the housekeeping role was not for me, and did not see myself still doing it in six months time.
What Iím trying to say is, the owners gave me all that time and allowed me back on my own terms in a respect and I canít think highly enough of them.
The person in daily charge now is absolutely fantastic and everything she does is for the best interest of the children in her care.
The staff they have there now are amazing and very child orientated, with a mixture of enriched cultures and wonderful experiences, both in life and childcare qualifications.
They are very supportive of each other and strive to bring out the best in themselves and those around them, this leads to a happy team which will then filter down to the children.
While I understand that I am speaking as a member of staff and not as a potential parent or an ex client, I do understand what children need from a nursery and Piplings provides that in spades.
Yes, it could be that the nursery doesnít tick all the boxes for some parents, but that could be said for any nursery.
Itís not all about routes to and from home and work and which nursery has the best direct transport amenities.
It is also in a great location, right in Peckham Rye Park, right near a co-op and other great shops, which is great for if anything runs out expectedly.
I would urge anyone to give it a chance, I donít stay at work places for that long, not to mention going back, if I donít think itís a great place to work every day.
I left because the role I had wasnít for me.
It wasnít because of anyone or the way I was treated, which was with the upmost respect and dignity from the owners.
I urge anyone to give the nursery a chance and if itís not for you, then fine, but please donít go on hearsay, go and see for yourself if you can and get the feel of the place, then an informed decision will be easier made.