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How Kids Planet look after our hard-working teams

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6 April 2023

Employee Benefits

The Kids Planet benefits package is underpinned by the values that are very important to us as an employer; the health and wellbeing of all our colleagues, promoting family values, embracing diversity and celebrating loyalty.

We recognise that each nursery and team within a company can only ever be as good as the people who run it, and at Kids Planet, we think you’ll find some of the most passionate and qualified people in the industry.

Therefore it is important to us to support the people who work with us to flourish and progress, whilst providing the best support for the families and little ones in our care.

Employees at Kids Planet are supported all year round, from health and wellbeing, promoting family values, embracing diversity, celebrating loyalty, career progression and much more.

One of our core values is ‘happy colleagues, happy kids’ and we strive to meet this every day by ensuring our teams feel supported and appreciated. In order to do that, we ensure to provide the following employee benefits and support:

Additional annual leave

A good work/life balance is vital and we know that if people get stressed and burn-out from work, it can spill into their personal life and negatively affect their wellbeing. For this reason, we focus on providing an environment that fosters a healthy work/life balance and allows our colleagues to bring their whole selves to work.

At Kids Planet, we achieve this through our flexible working options, providing a day off for your birthday, and organising plenty of celebrations and events throughout the year to socialise together.

We also reward loyalty with an increase annual leave entitlement with each anniversary up to 27 days . This ensures colleagues get quality time to relax, recharge and spend time with friends and family, which we understand is very important.

Childcare discount

Accessible quality childcare for all is at the heart of what we do and many of our employees are our customers too. We offer up to 80% discount to employees when their child attends a Kids Planet nursery or Out of School club, and colleagues returning from maternity, adoption or shared parental leave also receive the first month’s childcare completely free.

Wellbeing

We have over 100 fully trained and dedicated Mental Health First Aiders across the group to ensure individuals are supported. Not only that, all team members have access to an Employee Assistance Programme, which provides access to lots of information and assistance through an online portal, App and a 24/7 confidential helpline, as well as free counselling.

We have a dedicated Wellbeing Hub on our intranet, with lots of useful information, tools, and simple techniques that can be used to support different aspects of wellbeing. On top of this, our Wellbeing Manager provides the settings and support teams with guidance and support as well as hosts monthly wellbeing initiatives and events, around lifestyle, health and learning topics.

Parental leave

As a childcare company ourselves, we don’t want parenthood to be a barrier to our team’s careers at Kids Planet which is why we offer the following:

Maternity, adoption and shared parental leave

For mothers, spending quality time with your new baby or child is one of the most precious times of your life and we want to help colleagues enjoy this by reducing the financial pressure. Therefore, employees on maternity, adoption or shared parental leave are entitled to 18 weeks paid leave.

Paternity leave

There is also a paternity leave package of 6 weeks paid leave. The arrival of a baby or child is a precious time for the partner/spouse of the mother or primary carer, and we want them to have the opportunity to experience this time away from work too.

Fertility leave

Statistically, at least 15% of the UK population experience fertility challenges and undergoing fertility treatment can be a deeply personal and challenging time for colleagues. To support employees during this time, they are able to take up to 8 days fertility leave at full pay, per year, to undergo fertility treatment, attend appointments and recover from treatment.

We recognise that the emotional rollercoaster of fertility treatment can also impact the partner of those undergoing treatment. Therefore, employees are also able to take 3 days paid fertility leave, whilst their partner is undergoing fertility treatment.

Professional development

With our own dedicated Training Academy set up in 2018, we want our team to find their passion and purpose at Kids Planet, and work with them to explore their options. From apprenticeships, traineeships, higher level qualifications and beyond, the sky is the limit.

We are committed to the continual personal development for our staff, offering qualifications ranging from traineeships to master’s degrees!

Would you like to work with us? At Kids Planet we value our people. We recognise hard work, and provide career progression, training, and support to everyone. Whether you’re looking to start or advance your career in Early Years, come and be part of the Kids Planet family! Visit our careers page today to view our current vacancies.

 

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