About Just for Kidz

We recognise the early experiences in a child life will affect how they develop. Therefore, it is of utmost importance that we ensure your child receives the love, security, stability, positive self-image and respect he/she deserves.


It is the policy of our organisation to meet the needs and abilities of all children who attend by promoting opportunities for challenge, success and independence in a safe environment. As parents you are integral to that success. In partnership we can provide the best possible learning experience for your child.


The team at Just for Kidz all work towards fulfilling the same vision:

  • Enable children to become confident, resourceful, enquiring and independent learners.
  • Foster children's self respect and encourage children to respect ideas, attitudes, values and feelings of others.
  • Show respect for all cultures, and in doing so, to promote positive attitudes towards other people.
  • Enable children to understand their community and help them feel valued as part of this community.
  • Help children to grow into reliable, independent and positive citizens.
  • Take pride in their work and work of others.


Attendance

All sessions are paid for in full regardless of sickness, absenteeism or non attendance. All children under 3 years of age, or who DO NOT claim Nursery Grant, are entitled to two free weeks per year, which can be used as holidays or sickness. After these two weeks, parents will be charged the full amount for all hours booked. These two weeks will run from your Childs start date up until the following year after, and all weeks not used by the end of this time will be lost.

Free Early learning is available for children aged two to five years. Children become eligible for the funding from the term after their second/third Birthday. Nursery Grant hours are available for 38 weeks of the year (term time only). Parents are given the opportunity to top up their funded hours and will be invoiced accordingly. For more information on Nursery Grant entitlement, please do not hesitate to contact a member of the nursery Management Team.


Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Friday between 7.30am and 6.30pm throughout the year excluding bank holidays.


Planning

From September 2012, Just for Kidz has been setting the standards for learning, development and care, using the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework. This exists to support all professionals working in the EYFS. The new framework put into place has more emphasis on your role in helping your child develop.

The Early Years Foundation stage is how the Government and early year's professionals describe the time in your child's life between births to 5 years of age. Using the EYFS we aim to get your child ready for school as well as preparing them for their future learning and success. Your child will be learning skills, acquiring new knowledge and demonstrating their understanding through 7 areas of learning and development:

Children should mostly develop through the 3 prime areas first. These are:

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

These prime areas are those most essential for your child's healthy development and future learning. As children grow, the prime areas will help them to develop skills in 4 specific areas. These are:

  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the world
  • Expressive arts and design

Staff will guide children using the 7 areas in the following way:

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

Mathematics involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

These 7 areas are used to plan your children's learning and activities. Staff will ensure activities meet each child's unique needs. Children in the EYFS learn by playing and exploring, being active, and through creative and critical thinking which take place both indoors and outdoors.

More information on the EYFS will be delivered on Admission.


Registration

Just for Kidz is registered with O.F.S.T.E.D (Office for Standards in Education), under the terms of The Children Act 1989, to provide full day care for babies and children aged 3 months to 8 years.

OFSTED contact details:

The National Business Unit
Ofsted, Piccadilly Gate
Store Street
Manchester
M1 ZWD

Tel no: 0300 123 1231


Staff

At Just for Kidz, we believe that our staff are our greatest asset. We only employ qualified and experienced staff who genuinely enjoy working with children.

All of our Senior Nursery Nurses and Nursery Nurses hold NNEB, or equivalent qualifications, and demonstrate an ability to approach their work with maturity and sensitivity. Just for Kidz then consolidates that training and experience further by providing ongoing internal and external training developing skills, abilities and knowledge.

We are confident that this approach will result in a low staff turnover, which in turn provides an atmosphere of stability and security for babies and children, enabling quality of care to remain at a consistently high standard. In addition, we facilitate a limited number of placements for students undertaking childcare and other related courses. Students on placement with us are selected by us, and work under the close supervision of trained and experienced staff.

We believe that by employing highly motivated, committed, quality staff, we provide a first-class experience that parents can have confidence in, and children positively enjoy and thrive upon.


Safety

We have a number of written policies on key areas of security, health and safety, which are available for parents to look at on request.

For the safety of children we ensure that:

  • There is appropriate ratio of staff to children.
  • A staff knows personally who will be collecting each child.
  • Their equipment and rooms are safe, clean and secure.

We also ensure that all staff:

  • Have training in First Aid and Health and Safety aspects of Nursery care.
  • Are aware of, and carry out all policies and procedures.
  • Take part in regular fire practices.

The Nursery building and its surroundings are 'smoke free' areas.

Staff, volunteers, parents and visitors are not permitted to smoke within the Nursery grounds. We believe that all children and staff within our environment have the right to breathe 'clean air'.

We are confident that our excellent procedures ensure that we maintain the highest possible standards in the way we care for the health, safety and well being of babies and children.


Security

Under no circumstances will child be allowed to leave the nursery with anyone unknown to the nursery staff, unless previously arranged by the parent or guardian with a senior member of staff. A password arranged by the parent/carer will be needed for authorised collection.

If parents make prior arrangement by telephone for their child to be collected by somebody unknown to nursery staff, the nursery will require the name, address and telephone number of the chosen guardian, and they will require proof of identity on their arrival.

All children should be collected promptly at their finishing time, particularly at 6.30pm when the nursery closes. Our insurance policy allows us to care for children between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm ONLY, and therefore children should not be in the nursery building outside of these hours. If parents fail to collect their child by 6.00pm, a £20.00 flat fee will be added onto invoices for every time parents are late.


Safe Guarding

Every member of our staff team, from Management to students, has to go through the process of being DBS checked. This is to ensure the safeguarding of children by allowing any Child Protection issues or Criminal Records to be shown on the check. Anybody who is found to be unsuitable to work with children will not be employed by Just for Kidz Nursery Ltd.

The welfare and protection of children is paramount, and as new legislation rightly suggests, the 'Safe Guarding' of any child is a number one priority.

All of our staff have Basic Safeguarding training and our designated Safeguarding Officers have the Advanced training. Staff recognise that everyone has a responsibility to ensure that a child is safe whether it is inside or out of the Nursery environment. All staff or parents can report any concerns to the Nursery Child Protection Officer.

As well as staff being appropriately trained, there may be times when practitioners have to talk to each other to share relevant information. The government states that staff should work together and identify support needs at the earliest stage possible. There may be times when it is necessary to share information without consent if it is felt to be for your Childs best interest and if your Childs needs cannot be met in any other way. Information may be shared with social workers, the safeguarding teams or other relevant caring professionals. (Please see attached policies). For more information on 'Safe Guarding' or Protecting children, our Child Protection Officer in Nursery will be happy to speak to you.


Illness

Parents are requested not to send their child to Nursery if they are suffering from any infectious diseases or if they are not feeling well enough to attend. Although the nursery has a realistic attitude to the needs of working parents, it reserves the right to contact parents if their child becomes ill during nursery hours.

Parents are requested to notify the nursery if their child contracts or has been in contact with any normal childhood infectious diseases. The nursery reserves the right to refuse entry to any child who they consider to be unwell.

The nursery will only administer prescribed medicine if parents have written and signed the nursery medication record on arrival.


Change of Address

Parents are asked to inform the nursery of any change of address or telephone number at home or at work immediately.


Excursions

The nursery will not take any child out of the nursery grounds without the written permission of the parents.


Out of School Club

Just for Kidz nursery operates an Out of School Club whereby we provide a Holiday Club for children during the school holidays, and a "breakfast" and "after school club" linked to the Local School's during the school term.

For more information on this facility we provide, please speak to a member of staff who will provide you with an information pack.


Loss & Damages

The nursery cannot be responsible for loss or damage to property or clothing. All outdoor clothing including shoes, jumpers, cardigans and bags must be labelled.

Policies

Below you can download documents on the policies Just for Kidz has in place.

Accidnet Policy

Administering Medicine Policy

Behaviour Policy

Complaints Policy

E-Safeguarding Policy 2017

English as an Additional Language Policy

Equal Opportunities Policy

Information Sharing Policy

Safeguarding Policy 2017

Special Educational Needs Policy