Our child care philosophy

At Firm Foundations we are committed to providing high quality services that meet the needs of children and their families.

Our core aims are to:

  1. Promote the emotional, social, intellectual and physical wellbeing of children and adolescents through inclusive community based provision of quality childcare, educational support, recreational activities and mentoring for individuals and groups.
  2. Support parents and carers as they face the challenges of parenting in the 21st Century by providing quality services for children as well as information related to childrens' emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development.
  3. To provide employment for members of the local community as they begin in the world of work and to support individual employees personal and professional development by providing experience and training which will help prepare them for further employment.

Our aim is to provide a quality personal service, highly thought of by parents and carers, children and young people.
We provide safe, happy, supportive environments where children and young people can flourish and develop constructive relationships with others.
Working and playing together we help them to discover a love of learning, in the widest sense of the word, and to adopt a positive, independent and self-disciplined approach to the challenges life has to offer.

Ofsted said:

"The management team and staff have a very strong partnership with the parents and staff at the school. They share information exceptionally well to help ensure consistency in children's exemplary care and to complement their learning.

  • Staff offer an exceptionally welcoming and inclusive environment. Children are happy to attend and excitedly engage in activities.
  • The management team works remarkably well with staff to ensure they identify and successfully meet children's needs. The key persons gather comprehensive details from parents about their children's interests and include them fully in the provided activities.
  • Staff are experienced and highly effective in organising an extensive range of resourcesand activities. Children engage in the exciting and challenging experiences and develop new skills.
  • Children develop secure emotional attachments to their key person. Key persons are outstandingly attentive and meet each child's needs well. They are excellent role models, which helps to ensure children are kind, caring and build close friendships with each other. Children's behaviour is exemplary.
  • The management team works especially closely with the school staff and children to include their ideas in the self-evaluation process, to help identify and work on areas for further development of the club."

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At The Nest we aim to

Provide a safe, happy, supportive and purposeful environment where all children can

  • feel secure and valued
  • experience nurturing, warmth and care
  • grow in independence and self-discipline
  • explore their potential through a range of structured and free play
  • develop a positive approach to learning in its widest sense
  • learn to make healthy choices
  • enjoy physical activity
  • develop resilience
  • have fun and make friends

 
Provide parents/guardians with peace of mind, knowing that every effort will be made to ensure that

  • their child is safe
  • their child is happy
  • their child’s developmental needs are addressed in a supportive and encouraging environment
  • opportunities are available for their child to develop socially, physically, cognitively and emotionally
  • the care provided for their child is age appropriate and promotes independence

The Study Zone we aim to

Provide a safe, happy, supportive and purposeful environment where all young people can

  • feel secure and valued
  • grow in independence and self discipline
  • develop a positive approach to homework and study
  • access a range of resources to support learning
  • achieve success
  • explore their potential through a range of activities
  • have fun and make friends

 
Provide parents/guardians with peace of mind, knowing that every effort will be made to ensure that

  • their child is safe
  • their child is happy
  • their child’s academic needs are addressed in a supportive and encouraging environment
  • opportunities are available for their child to develop socially and emotionally
  • the care provided for their child is age appropriate and promotes independence

We are committed to equality of opportunity in all aspects of our work, in our practice as employers and in our work with children, families and others. We believe in inclusion without exception; all staff, children and parents are made aware of this and our policies regarding inclusion.