Diwali celebrations at Kids 1st Rake Lane

Diwali celebrations at Kids 1st Rake Lane -

Diwali celebrations at Kids 1st Rake Lane

Kids 1st Rake Lane Dolphins had lots of fun celebrating Diwali yesterday!

The children were very inserted in finding out more about the Hindu festival of lights and what it entailed. They loved learning all about the celebrations and were fascinated to hear about all the rituals that take place over the five day holiday.

The children created some fantastic handmade cards for the occasion using paint and lots of glitter! They also enjoyed making beautiful tea light holders to display during the festival.

As a group, they even designed a wonderful Rangoli painting that we have proudly placed in our entrance hall for all to see!

Happy Diwali from everyone at Kids 1st Rake Lane!

 

Where are they now… Florrie from Kids 1st Low Fell

Where are they now… Florrie from Kids 1st Low Fell -

Where are they now… Florrie from Kids 1st Low Fell

In this months ‘Where are they now’, we catch up with Julie and her daughter Florrie to see how they are getting on.

Parent’s name: Julie
Child’s name: Florrie
How old is your child now: 5 ½ years old
What year did they attend Kids 1st: 2012 – 2016, Kids 1st Low Fell

Why did you choose Kids 1st?
Kids 1st Low fell had just recently opened when Florrie was born. When we went to visit, we just saw the building plans and were already impressed. Once it was built, we were invited back for a visit and we were overwhelmed with the layout of the building. Every room was bright and filled with activities suitable for the age of the children in the room. The staff were fantastic! The Nursery Manager Amy, and Lizzie her then Deputy (now Manager of Kids 1st QE) could not have been more friendly and welcoming. We felt very comfortable in leaving Florrie in their capable hands!

How did Kids 1st help your child develop?
Florrie has always been a sensitive little girl, but thrived during her time at Kids 1st. The staff treat her like their own and she loved every single member from nursery nurses to the cleaners and cooks. Thanks to her time at Kids 1st, Florrie developed into a more confident little girl who loved to go to nursery and pre-school. Florrie is lactose free and has always been a fussy eater. But the Kids 1st staff and chefs could not have done any more to accommodate this. They went out of their way to make healthy and nutritious things that Florrie would enjoy.

How is your child doing now?
Florrie has just received her 1st school report and is exceeding in all areas of the curriculum. She enjoys attending swimming lessons where she is working towards her stage 5 certificate. She also attends music and drama lessons, where she has just been part of a performance of ‘High School Musical’! Florrie loves going to Rainbows club, where she has developed even more friendships and skills.

As I mentioned above, Florrie was always a fussy eater until she started Kids 1st. She is now on school dinners and is eating pretty much everything that is provided – which is a big achievement for her!

How has attending Kids 1st helped them transition into school?
Kids 1st helped Florrie gain confidence and develop her social skills, so by the time she went to school she was more than equipped to deal with the day to day routines and life at ‘big school’. Florrie had developed a strong bond with her key worker at Kids 1st and with her help, Florrie felt no fear about going to school. The pre-school staff worked with Florrie on her phonics and numbers so she had an excellent grounding for reception class.

Do you have advice for any new parents considering Kids 1st?
Leaving your child with someone for the first time is always daunting – however leaving your child at Kids 1st feels like leaving them with your family. In Florrie’s first few weeks I rang pretty much every day, sometimes more than once! But staff were always more than happy to answer my calls and put my mind at ease. Florrie was always happy at nursery, which to us meant the world. Our 2 year old son now also attends a kids 1st nursery and I would never have considered anywhere else!

If you would like your child’s story to feature on our website please get in touch via our contact form using the ‘Where are they now’ option.

Kids 1st fundraising for Amazing Grace

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Kids 1st fundraising for Amazing Grace

Kids 1st are currently fundraising for Grace, a brave 11 year old girl who has recently been diagnosed with cancer. Her mother is a long standing staff member at one of our nurseries and we want to help her and her family as much as we can.

Earlier this year Grace was diagnosed with a large pelvic tumour, identified as Ewing’s Sarcoma – a type of bone cancer. After already undergoing numerous procedures, scans, CT, MRI, bone marrow testing and constant blood tests, she is currently undergoing intensive chemotherapy, set to last a full year. As well as enduring this, she is also set to have Proton Beam therapy in the USA for 12 weeks. In order to raise funds, we have set ourselves a target to raise £5,000 to help amazing Grace and her mum during her strenuous cancer treatment in America.

Please speak to your nursery manager for more details around the fundraising events taking place within the nurseries. We have already had an amazing response and have received countless donations and prizes to be raffled in order to meet our target. A huge thank you for all your support so far!

To read Grace’s story and donate please visit out JustGive page.

60 seconds with… Rachael

60 seconds with… Rachael -

60 seconds with… Rachael

In this month’s interview, we catch up with our Kids 1st Quorum’s Deputy Manager Rachael Telford.

Name: Rachael Telford

Position: Deputy Manager

Number of years at Kids 1st: 10

Number of years in your profession: 16

What did you want to be when you were younger?
When I was a little girl, all I wanted to do was be a teacher and look after children. After school I went on to obtain my BTEC National Diploma in Early years and have never looked back!!

What made you want to be a Deputy Manager?
When I finished my degree in 2010 I really thought I would go down the social care route for children. But after graduating, I knew that the nursery setting was the place I wanted to be! When the deputy manager post was advertised I jumped at the chance to showcase my skills, I love to help, train and support staff and I knew this was the job for me. The role allows me to help assist our staff and still care for the babies and children in our nursery – so it’s the perfect mixture.

What is a typical day like?
Wow!! Very busy…throughout the day there are a variety of tasks that need to be completed; this includes daily numbers, registers, staff holidays, responding to emails and much, much more.

A typical morning consists of meeting and greeting parents and answering any queries they may have – as well as supporting the rooms over a very busy breakfast period. I always make sure I pop into each room and ensure that all staff and children are ready for their day ahead.

Around 10am we have regular “show-arounds” for new potential parents, after this it is time to start the lunch time period. This is when I help and support staff to ensure that dinners run smoothly!

In the afternoon once the lunch time period is over and all staff are settled back into their rooms ready for the afternoon session, I usually spend some time observing the staff in the rooms. This really helps with their personal development.

Before we know it, it is time for the day to come to an end! This is an important part of the day as we are always around to meet and greet parents as they leave, just as we do in the morning.

What’s the best thing about your job?
Knowing that I make a difference to our staff team, the children and their families makes it all worthwhile. Also, it is amazing to watch our children flourish and know that I play an important part in that process.

What is your favourite children’s book?
It has to be the “Gruffalo”. This story shows how a little mouse can be brave and show courage throughout his journey through the forest. The main character encounters many obstacles and overcomes his fears. This story is full of laughs and allows children to use their imagination! All of our children love the Gruffalo too!

What is your favourite children’s film?
Beauty and the Beast, I love watching this film with my two sons. I really enjoy seeing them learn what true love is all about in their own way.

What is your favourite animal and why?
Sheep, I just love small lambs and fluffy sheep!!!

What is your top childcare tip?
Have fun and enjoy it!! Let the children play and explore in an environment filled with love.

Kids 1st Wansbeck visits The Round House

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Kids 1st Wansbeck visits The Round House

Kids 1st Wansbeck recently received an invitation to visit Age UK Northumberland at ‘The Round House’ in Ashington. The Round House regularly holds social events for the over 50s, including dance classes, exercises classes and social groups.

We thought it would be a lovely idea if our Dolphin children popped in to the centre for a visit and decided to take them up on their kind offer.

The children were very excited to meet everyone at the social group. They had lots of fun getting to know the local residents and couldn’t wait to help out during the cooking class. They swapped stories and shared lots of giggles as the day progressed.

Our children loved helping make some tasty vegetable pies with their new friends! It was lovely to see our children getting along so well with the local residents. They can’t wait to have another visit!

NEW Nursery Nurse

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NEW Nursery Nurse

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Nursery Nurse at Kids 1st Jesmond.

To apply for this position please download an Application Form and send it to:

Thomas Tuyaerts
Kids 1st Jesmond
Flemming Business Centre
Jesmond
NE2 3AE

Tel: 0191 2819219 or email Jesmond@kids1st.net

This position is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check, the cost of which  will be covered by the company.

JOB DESCRIPTION

RESPONSIBLE TO: Nursery Manager

POSITION: Permanent – Immediate starts available.

QUALIFICATIONS: NNEB, BTEC NATIONAL DIPLOMA or NVQ Level 3 Certificate is essential and a firm understanding of EYFS. Relevant experience of working in a day care setting (minimum 2 years)

REQUIREMENTS OF THE POST:

Excellent interpersonal skills. The ability to supervise and support Nursery Assistants. The ability to work flexibly, working a variable shift pattern. To attend all mandatory training and any further training to support the role. To have a commitment to providing an environment that promotes high quality childcare.

THE POST HOLDER:

To be responsible for the care and development of children aged from 6 weeks to 5years of age. To provide a happy, safe and stimulating environment where the children will have the opportunity to play, develop and learn new skills. To work as a positive role model offering guidance, support and advise to more junior staff members. To work as part of a team promoting good working practices to ensure a high quality of care is delivered.

SPECIFIC DUTIES:

1. To plan and implement activities relevant to the age/stage of development of the children in their care.

2. Follow guidelines set by OfSTED with regard to the Safeguarding and Welfare Requirements.

3. You will be assigned as a key person to a group of children. You will be expected to observe and record what the children do and plan the next steps for the children’s play, learning and development with regard to EYFS.

4. Supervise meal times, rest periods and nappy changing/toileting. To promote good hygiene practices.

5. Maintain a daily register of staff and children within the room.

6. To work in partnership with parents ensuring continuity of care for their children. To communicate verbally on a daily basis with parents with regard to their child’s welfare and development.

7. To record information relating to children’s individual progress and development and share this information periodically at parents meetings.

8. To attend any staff meetings or any training courses pertinent to the role to help aid professional and personal development. To actively contribute to work required for the nursery to receive a recognised Quality Assurance Award.

9. To monitor and record all accidents and be aware of any potential hazards within the building.

10. To remove any broken or potentially dangerous equipment and report findings to Senior Staff member.

11. To implement Nursery Policies and Procedures and promote good working practices at all times.

12. To be responsible for the children during outings and visits outside of the nursery. This will include ensuring staff:child ratios are maintained at all times.

13. Utilise opportunities to promote the nursery and encourage parents/guardians to be actively interested and involved in the nursery and their child’s day.

14. To ensure all information about children is treated with sensitivity and absolute confidentiality.

15. Any other duties in a Day Nursery setting laid down by the Manager

This Job Description is not intended to be totally comprehensive but an indicator of the main functions and responsibilities of the post.

Fresh apple pie at Kids 1st Wynyard

Fresh apple pie at Kids 1st Wynyard -

Fresh apple pie at Kids 1st Wynyard

This week one of our children at Kids 1st Wynyard, brought some tasty apples in for us all!

Harry’s grandparents kindly give us some lovely fresh apples from the apple tree in their garden. Our chefs decided it would be great to make a yummy treat for all of the children using the freshly picked apples.

Today our chefs Sarah and Ian used the apples to bake a fantastic apple pie. We were all very excited to have a taste!

The apple pie proved very popular with the children!

Exciting Indoor Play venues

Exciting Indoor Play venues -

Exciting Indoor Play venues

With the weather starting to get a little chilly, it’s the perfect time to take your little ones to some fun and exciting ‘Indoor Play’ venues.

Here are a few of our favourite Indoor Play activities!

1. JumpArena Trampoline Park – Gateshead
JumpArena offers a range of activities for all ages! They have ‘Toddler Jump’ sessions from 10-11am every day. Perfect for your fun-seeking little ones! The area offers lots of exciting activities including a free jump zones, air bags and a mini ninja course for those who are extra adventurous. The toddler sessions are a perfect way to allow your children to burn off all the excess energy they have, in a soft and springy environment. They also have themed events where children can meet some of their favourite film and TV characters! Please click here for more information.

2. Believe and Be – Consett
Treat your children to a fun and exciting day pretending to be whatever they want to be at this creative role play centre. They have the fantastic ‘Believe Town’ where your little ones can let their imaginations run wild. The child sized town has everything from a police station, hairdressers, shops, fire station, doctors, construction site and even a house! The centre is designed for all ages from the minute they can walk all the way up to the age of seven. They also have a lovely café right in the centre of the mini town, so parents can relax with a nice cup of coffee while they watch their little ones play. Please click here for more information.

3. Create and Paint! – Darlington
Create and Paint is a lovely family friendly studio perfect for your little budding artists! The studio offers both children and grownups the chance to create their own mini masterpieces. They have a range of fun and creative activities including ceramic painting, decopatching, foam clay moulding and teddy making! Children will love getting messy and making their own little pieces of art to take home or gift to a family member. Please click here for more information.

4. Banana Beach Indoor Adventure Play – Ashington
This indoor soft play centre aims to create a fun yet safe place for your child to explore and play in. They have lots of fun areas within the play frame, including a fantastic bouncy castle, ball pool, sides and a soft play course full of exciting things to do. The soft play is open to everyone from babies up to children aged 12 – and they even have a separate baby and toddler area. They often have offers on around their tasty freshly prepared food – see keep an eye out for those also. Please click here for more information.

5. Wet N Wild – North Shields
The Parent and Toddler Pre-school Swim session at Wet N Wild are a fun way to get your little ones used to being in water. Sessions are for children under 5 and run from 1-3pm during term time. Children must be supervised and accompanied by an adult during their time in the pool. So sit back and relax as you and your little one float down the lazy river in a rubber ring or splash about as you both explore ‘Discovery Island’! Please click here for more information.

Mini volcano at Kids 1st Wynyard

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Mini volcano at Kids 1st Wynyard

This week our pre-schoolers at Kids 1st Wynyard have been pretending to be little scientists!

After our children expressed an interested in dinosaurs, we thought it would be fun for them to learn more about this time period.

Over the past few weeks the children have enjoyed learning all about different dinosaurs and the world they lived in.

Following on from their interest in dinosaurs, we decided to create a Jurassic themed tuff spot for the children to play with. We even added an erupting volcano for the children to experiment with!

We poured vinegar over baking powder and washable red paint, so the ingredients would react and cause an ‘explosion’ of foamy ‘lava’. The children were very excited to see the results of their experiment. They watched in awe as their Jurassic world came to life!

The children really enjoyed their mini science lesson and can’t wait for their next one. To watch their science experiment video please visit the nurseries Facebook page.

Baby beats music session at Kids 1st Quorum

Baby beats music session at Kids 1st Quorum -

Baby beats music session at Kids 1st Quorum

Children are never too young to be exposed to music and studies have shown how crucial it is to aiding development.

Hearing, repeating and marking rhythm and melody from birth teaches the brain how to communicate. Listening to the beat teaches their limbs how to move with control and purpose – which helps with the coordination. Every sound a baby hears helps them to categorise the world around them.

We are excited to announce that Kids 1st Quorum are introducing some ‘Baby Beats’ sessions to their Starfish 1 room. The children will be encouraged to join in during this fun filled circle time with their friends and family.

Sessions will be held in the Starfish 1 room and will be set out on a circular mat with a variety of musical equipment in front of them – so they can choose and explore the different instruments throughout the session.

There will be a variety of equipment for the children to play with including; sensory tubes, heuristic materials, musical instruments and natural materials.

Each session the children will enjoy a variety of activities that encompasses expressive arts and other EYFS development areas. Kids 1st Quorum’s usual ‘Parent Play Days’ will be incorporating these sessions starting from the week commencing 16th October.

If you are able to attend, please let a member of staff in our Starfish 1 room know what day you wish to come. We look forward to seeing you all soon!