Our aim at Kids "4" Us is to give children a safe and happy environment
where they can grow in confidence and independence in preparation not
only for school, but for life.
We work towards the 'Every Child Matters' outcomes, helping children
to be healthy,
stay safe, and
make a positive contribution while
enjoying and achieving.
We are committed to working with the four themes of the Early Years Foundation
Stage, which are:
- A Unique Child
- Positive Relationships
- Enabling Environments
- Learning and Development
At Kids "4" Us, we treat each child as an individual, we value each individual
for what they bring to the setting, be it their different levels of ability,
their religion or different cultural backgrounds.
We recognize that parents are the child's first educators. We respect
and value our parents and we aim to have an open, honest and supportive
relationship with the families of our setting.
We believe that children and adults flourish best in a welcoming and inclusive
environment with appropriate learning opportunities. At Kids "4" Us
follow a play based curriculum, where each child is free to develop at
his/her own pace, guided by Jenny, Ian and Julie. The indoor and outdoor
environments are aimed at providing the children with a variety of early
experiences, enabling them to achieve while enjoying themselves. We use
a wide range of resources to support the children's learning and development
within the Early Years Foundation Stage.
Jenny, Ian and Julie take time to observe the children, so that their
individual interests and strengths may be recognized and developed appropriately.
Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and
secure relationships with parents and/or a key person. We develop warm
and caring relationships with children, encouraging them to make safe
choices whilst not overprotecting them, by letting them learn to assess
We believe that children and young adults flourish best in an environment
where everyone knows what is expected of them, and where children are
free to develop their play and learning without fear of being hurt or
hindered by anyone else. We aim to work towards a situation in which
children can develop their self-discipline and self-esteem in an atmosphere
of mutual respect and encouragement. For this, we set clear boundaries,
and will, through simple 'ground rules' maintain consistency for our
We promote a healthy lifestyle and by meeting the physical and emotional
needs of our children, we create a clean and safe environment for them
to thrive in. At Kids "4" Us
, we work together to promote children's welfare
and protection. It is our duty and responsibility to protect the children
in our care from harm.
When you find a good childminder, one that you feel comfortable leaving your
child with every day, it becomes a wonderful alternative to other forms
of care. Your child has all the comforts and security of a home setting
as well as other children to play and learn social skills with. If you have more
than one child, they will be looked after together, with us
continuing to provide care as your child or children move on to school.
Childminders are the second most commonly used form of childcare, after
relatives. Using a childminder often appeals to parents who want to keep
their child in a warm, friendly, homelike environment but can't or don't
want to use a nanny or a relative.
Our numbers are smaller than they are in nurseries, the homelike environment
we offer is comforting and reassuring, children have a single, consistent
caregiver (Key Person
). The flexibility we have over a nursery means
that we often have more opportunities to take the children on trips out
of the house, for example to playgroups, the park, a library or even shopping.
Childminders are registered and inspected by
. We must
meet the national standards for under-eights childminding.
In addition, as experienced, childminders we are able to draw upon
many of our parents, both past and present, who will be happy to give references.
Ask for telephone numbers of our current Parents and ring them up for an informal chat.
You will soon pick up a feeling from them. Take your own first impressions
into account. Are you comfortable with us and our home? What is your
child's reaction? Use your judgement to weigh up your own instincts.
You should accept that there will be different levels of familiarity
in our household, at least for a little while, until your child becomes
part of our family. But you should be able to feel that your child is
treated equally from day one when it comes to issues such as discipline,
conflict, resolution or attention.
Kids "4" Us
are 3 registered childminder's (Julie Rayment, Ian Braisby
and Jenny Braisby) who work together in Ian and Jenny's house.
Together we have over 26 years experience in
professional childcare, Ian and Julie have a level 3 childcare qualification
and Jenny has a degree in childcare.
Jenny and Ian have 3 daughters, Madison aged 13 together with Nyah and Willow who are 10 year old
twins. Julie has 2 sons, Jordan aged 13 and Ollie who
is 6. Before joining Kids "4" Us
trained and coached children in gymnastics with a local independent club.
Our Standard hours are 8:00am to 6:00pm Monday to Friday, but as many of our
parents already know we start work whenever required and continue on until
whenever the last child goes home.
We are available on some Saturdays and Sundays and we can also help with
overnight care should an emergency or work commitment require you to be
away from home.