We will be happy to answer them personally but in the meantime you may find some useful answers in our Parent FAQs below.
We recommend as soon as possible to secure your place as the nurseries can fill up very fast.
There are a few options, you can contact our Nursery Managers by telephone or email to arrange a tour of the nursery and complete the paperwork. Alternatively, you can book a place via our online booking form, request a prospectus and complete application form. To secure your place there is an administration fee of £100, this also covers your child’s settling in sessions.
To ensure a smooth transition into nursery we recommend at least 3 settling-in visits for all children to enable them to adapt to their new surroundings and to meet staff and children in the room. Where possible, we suggest this is done over 2 weeks to ensure there is time if required, to increase the number of visits.
OFSTED inspections take place approximately once every cycle, this is normally between 2 and 5 years. New settings are inspected with 2½ years of opening.
Please contact the Nursery Manager at one of our nurseries to confirm the details. Most our nurseries are open 52 weeks of the year and only closed for bank holidays.
Yes, all staff have to have a DBS check completed when they first start at Kids Planet. DBS checks are then renewed every two years.
Our staff are qualified to Level 3 in childcare or higher. Staff who do not hold a level 3 qualification are currently studying towards one.
The ratios, as outlined by Early Years Foundation Stage, are; 0-2 years – 1 adult: 3 children, 2-3 years – 1:4 and over 3 years 1:8 or 1:13 with an EYP or teacher.
We have set staff in each room on a daily basis and when staff are on holiday or absent due to illness we have familiar supply staff who cover within nursery so there remains continuity for each child.
We hold regular first aid courses throughout the nursery group for all our staff and our aim is to ensure everyone is first aid trained within a short time of starting Kids Planet.
For younger babies we have cots and as children get older we have sleep mats. Every child has their own bedding within nursery that is laundered at least weekly and whenever they sleep this is put out for them.
Staff sit with children and rub their tummy, back or stroke their heads. This is optional, if you would like your child to go to sleep by themselves you should let a member of staff know.
Only the baby room has cots, so as part of the transition process the staff in the baby room will speak to you as a parent about moving your child from sleeping in a cot to a sleeping mat.
Yes, Kids Planet provide each child with their own blanket and sheet at nursery. This is stored in a bag labelled with their name. We have a laundry room onsite and bedding is cleaned at least once a week.
When children start at nursery we follow their routines to ensure there is a smooth transition from home life to nursery. We work with families to ensure there is a continuity of care.
The nursery hairdresser visits every 6 weeks.
Snack around 9.30am
Lunch served around 11:00-11:45am
Afternoon tea served between 3:00-3:30pm
At Kids Planet we would work with you as a parent to discuss weaning stages and we would follow your routine from home as your introduce new foods to your child. We also have a weaning menu in place for children who are just starting the weaning process.
All our nurseries have a Nursery Chef, who prepares all the food on the nursery premises with fresh ingredients, with no added salt or sugar. We have a 4 or 6 weekly menu in all of our nurseries. Our Nursery Chef is qualified in food preparation and food safety.
Children sit around the tables within their age specific room. Mealtimes are very sociable times and the staff will sit with the children and model good table manners.
At all our nurseries we offer a vegetarian option daily. Where there is sufficient demand, we also cater for other dietary needs in certain nurseries, this includes a Halal menu. Our Higher Broughton nursery also has a seperate Kosher kitchen.
Every child is allocated a key person and it is this person which develops a special bond with that child. They are based in the room that the child attends and completes the child’s learning development journal through observation and link each child’s progress within the EYFS.
We hold 2 parents evenings per year but you can book an appointment or have a chat with your child’s key person at any time. You are also able to take home your child’s file at any time to have a peek and see what they are enjoying at nursery.
Of course, we are a fully inclusive nursery and will adapt our care to the individual needs of each child who attends, where possible.
All our nurseries work in partnership with other childcare providers and local school to ensure a smooth transition from nursery to school.
All our nurseries have CCTV in the indoor and outdoor play areas. The CCTV is not accessible through the internet, but parents are able to watch their child from the monitor in our nursery receptions. This is a good tool for settling in visits, checking your child is settled in after drop off or have a sneak peek into what they’re up to just before you collect them.
Each of our nurseries have a secure door entry system, the majority have fingerprint recognition
software which only allows designated people entry into the main entrance.
We go outside in all-weather within nursery and where children have direct access to the outdoors they go out very frequently throughout the day. Where children do not have direct access to the outdoors we have timetabled times for children to go out to play both in the morning and the afternoon.
Yes, we go out on local walks often to the local parks, to feed the ducks or to visit the library. We have an annual trip each year for parents to attend and we also arrange group specific trips throughout the year.
We have lots of extra-curricular activities throughout our nurseries these can include things like ballet, French, drama and sports sessions.
A direct debit form is included with your application form, to be completed with your payment details for childcare fees. Additionally we accept payment by bank transfer, childcare vouchers, cash and we have a card machine on site to make payments by debit/credit card.
Kids Planet are registered with most childcare voucher companies for parents who receive childcare vouchers through work and this amount will come off your monthly invoice.
We take a £100 Admin Fee to secure a child’s place at Kids Planet, this covers all settling in sessions when your child starts nursery.
Yes, we offer FREE funded places for eligible 2 year olds and 3-4 year olds are eligible for 15 and 30 hours free childcare.
Yes, if you have siblings at nursery, there will be a reduction in fees. Please speak to the Nursery Manager at your setting for more details.
Kids Planet – The number of sessions or days each child does per week is added together and then multiplied by 52 weeks and then divided by 12 to generate a set monthly invoice which has a fixed value each month.
Kids Allowed – Full time nursery fees are calculated as a monthly average to create a fixed monthly fee, on the basis of a rolling 52 weeks and are then divided by 12. Part time nursery fees are calculated based on actual sessions per month.