At Kids Planet Day Nurseries, our vision is being achieved through our staff who are our most valuable asset. Employing people in permanent, supply and Apprenticeship roles, we recognise that critical to our success is the quality of staff that we employ, the skills that they develop and their performance.
We want people who share our vision and ethos. And, in return, we give people opportunities to build a truly rewarding career in childcare. We want our employees to see childcare as a profession, and we encourage them to move forward in all aspects of their careers as a result.
First and foremost, we require someone who is positive and passionate and wants to work with children. We don’t expect experience, but we do expect focus. Working in childcare is a profession, and it needs to be treated that way. Employing staff who want to grow and develop in their childcare career is critical. A nursery can only be as good as the team who run it, and at Kids Planet, we think you’ll find some of the best, most qualified people in the industry.
Fundamentally, we take on people who share our vision and our ethos. In return, we give people the opportunities to develop a career in a growing, forward-thinking business. We incentivise our employees through competitive pay, ongoing professional development and clear training opportunities, helping them to feel empowered and appreciated by a company they trust. We aim to create an environment where all employees, whether that’s the Nursery chef, Area Manager or lunchtime cover staff, feel supported in their roles and excel in their job.
Education, training and the continual professional development of staff is a crucial priority at Kids Planet. In February 2018, due to a growth in the number of settings, an increase in personnel, the need to recruit new staff plus the introduction of the Apprenticeship Levy, we decided to develop our internal approach to the delivery of accredited programmes. These include Apprenticeships in Early Years, sector-specific courses and Higher Education courses.
We are lucky to have a highly skilled training team of tutors, assessors, mentors and staff with extensive and current experience in Early Years. With access to excellent training rooms at our Salford nursery, our Greenbank Park nursery in Liverpool and our Head Office in Lymm, where theoretical teaching can take place. It is important to achieve outstanding provision in everything we do, and we believe we are doing this by putting teaching and learning at the heart of our training.
I work in the tots room at Salford Quays – I’ve been here for 8 months and in that time I’ve had an in-depth induction and lots of training. I love coming to work because the great staff make me feel welcome and the practice here is outstanding. Kids Planet are always offering me new learning opportunities – they want me to work my way up the company ladder. My management team are amazing and they are always looking for ways to support me.
During my apprentice journey I have become more passionate about working with children and grab every opportunity I can to gain more experience within an outstanding early years setting. Whilst working I have learnt to adapt to any situation and have been supporting parents throughout their child’s journey with us. But my biggest achievement is the knowledge that I have gained. I am now able to give each child the best start in life.
I have enjoyed doing my level 3. I feel like I have gained so much out of doing it. I know I received a nomination for apprentice of the year earlier this year. I now feel I understand legislations and the EYFS a lot more and what is expected. My practice has improved due to having more confidence with sharing ideas and views and also implementing them in Pre-school. My tutor, Lynne has supported and guided me through everything and answered all my questions I needed answering and she was always positive. From finishing my Level 3 I was then promoted to Senior and now I have become Room leader of Pre-School.