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November Employee of the Month

Published: Wednesday, 29th January 2020

Samantha Stafford

Congratulations Samantha Stafford , Brays Tile Cross School. Employee of the Month for November

Sam started working at Brays Tiles cross Sept 2019 as an Assistant in Charge. This School caters for Autistic Children and is a new contract awarded to Cityserve. Sam has worked tirelessly alongside the Head teacher and others and has done an amazing job. She has created a distinctive, quiet, serving area for the more sensitive children where they can eat in a smaller and calmer environment, whilst also maintaining a mainstream serve in the dining hall.

Sam has built very trusting relationships with the children, and encourages them to try different things and to make healthy choices, which can be far from easy with such challenging children who find change very difficult to cope with at the best of times. As a result, she has made lunch time much more relaxing and enjoyable for them. In addition , Sam has engaged in parents evenings, setting out the Menu choices available, with pictures, and also providing leaflets and talks for the parents to reassure them that their children will be well cared for and will eat healthily, focusing on nutrition, special diets and allergies. She also regularly promotes theme days.

Sam is working with children who have complex needs, but she is truly gifted in her understanding of them and how best to try and allow them to be able to enjoy lunchtimes. She is a good ambassador for Cityserve and is well liked and respected within the school.