About Our Training Academy
Kids Planet Day Nurseries Training Academy – Training, Education & Career opportunities at Kids Planet Day Nurseries
Education, training and the continual professional development of staff is a crucial priority for us. At Kids Planet, we are responsible for the care and education of over 5,000 children across 38 nursery settings to date and are committed to ensuring every child is given the best opportunities during their time with us. As an employer with over 1000 people in permanent, supply and Apprenticeship roles, we recognise that the quality of staff we employ and the skills they develop and possess is critical to our success.
We are dedicated to developing and training our staff to reach their full potential, to ensure they maintain and improve the knowledge and skills they require to meet the needs of their job and the children we care for.
Our Kids Planet Training Academy was launched in February 2018, offering the following programmes:
- Leadership programme
- Traineeship programme
- Sector Specific awards
- Higher Level Qualifications
- Teaching and Assessing Qualifications
Kids Planet Training Academy are working in partnership with schools across the North West to raise the profile of working in the early years sector, promoting the early years as a rewarding, valuable and long-term career
For details about specific courses, please get in touch with our Training Department –
A WORD FROM OUR CEO, CLARE ROBERTS ON WHY INVESTING IN PEOPLE IS SO VITAL TO KIDS PLANET DAY NURSERIES:
“At Kids Planet Day Nurseries our vision, we believe, is being achieved through our staff who are our most valuable asset. Employing over 1000 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 possess and their performance. We want people who share our vision and ethos. And in return, we give people opportunities to develop 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.
What makes an outstanding early year’s practitioner?
First and foremost, we want 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.
How does Kids Planet bring the best out of its employees?
Fundamentally, we take on people who share our vision and our ethos, and 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. This helps 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 lunch time cover staff, feel supported in their roles and in this way, excel in their job.
Tell us more about the Training Academy.
Education, training and the continual professional development of staff is a crucial priority at Kids Planet. In February 2018, due to a myriad of reasons including growth in number of settings, 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 including Apprenticeships in Early Years, sector-specific courses and Higher Education courses. As of this month, we have 68 apprentices on the programme. We’re lucky to have a highly skilled training team of tutors, assessors, mentors and staff with extensive and current experience in Early Years. And, with access to excellent training rooms at our Salford nursery, our Greenbank Park nursery in Liverpool and our Head Office in Lymm, theoretical teaching can take place. It’s important for us to achieve Outstanding provision in everything we do by and we believe we are doing this by putting teaching and learning at the heart of Kids Planet Day Nurseries Training”.