KTB Kids

United Kingdom

Disability Confident

About KTB Kids

A forward thinking, values driven small business. By supporting the personal and professional development of our team, and operating unitedly to a consistent, genuine ethos, we are able to achieve and maintain exceptional standards of early years education, and retain a happy, motivated workforce.  

Value Statement 

We place happiness and well being at the centre of practice and ensure children feel safe in a positive and nurturing environment. Through our creative and innovative curriculum, children are empowered to become independent, confident and emotionally intelligent individuals. We offer learning that encompasses children’s mental, moral and social development, where children are listened to, and given time to explore their feelings, ideas and theories.

Diversity and Inclusion

At KTB Kids our vision is to support children in their early year’s education to become happy, resilient, respectful, and fulfilled adults. We can achieve this vision because we have a team that represents strong talent, and we can achieve this talent because we value inclusivity. It is the diversity of our team that makes us stronger, supports our growth and impacts positively upon the outcomes for our children. If you share our values and our passion for early years education, whatever your background, you will find a family in our nursery.

We recognise that:

  • Our culture is the result of our behaviours, our personal commitment, our curiosity, how we collaborate, and the ways that we courageously share our perspectives and encourage others to do the same.
  • Inclusion is about the actions that we take every day.
  • We must strive to be equitable in our provision. ‘Equity’ involves distributing resources based on the needs of recipients. This goes beyond striving for equality, that has to do with giving everyone the exact same resources and therefore may be limiting by its nature.
  • Racism and inequality exist. It is our role to reflect upon how that impacts ourselves and others in our immediate and wider circles.
  • Being open to change and challenge of current views is a powerful lesson, helping us to become better and conscientious world citizens.
  • Actions often speak louder than words, others, including our children will mirror how we act in day-to-day life.

We accept that:

  • We need to develop our understanding and empathy. Without this we will struggle to understand how we unwittingly contribute to the discomfort and suffering experienced by others.
  • We need to listen and believe to learn. We will refer to experts and expert information when we need to, and we will commit to research before acting.
  • We all have biases, and many of us have privileges. We must be curious and question our own prejudice or the prejudice present in our nursery or activities. We should take note of our gestures, how we look at and how we interact with people.
  • Racism can be unconscious or unintentional. We must challenge ourselves to understand and to continue to discover and correct inequalities we may find.
  • When supporting children, we need to frame inequalities through their lens, understanding what is age appropriate and how children of that age experience the world.

Supporting Staff Wellbeing

Working with children during their early years is one of the most fulfilling and rewarding careers. But working with children all day can be tough, and only in an ideal world, staff would everyone turn up to work with not a care in the world, full of ideas, energy, tolerance, patience and happy thoughts to keep them going. This is real life and our staff, like individuals anywhere the world over, will allow what’s going on outside of work to filter through. The bad night’s sleep, relationship difficulties, debt, health worries, anxiety, fear – at KTB Kids we recognise that all these situations can have an impact on whether our staff hop, skip, and jump into work.

That’s why we use mindfulness to materially affect the culture and behaviours of our nursery. We strive for a positive culture of psychological safety, where our team are able to express a need, are not required to cope alone, and [within reason for a safety-critical environment] can make mistakes without expecting ridicule/draconian consequences. Our team know that they can safely share concerns, friction, pinch-points and worries – safe in the knowledge that they will be heard, judgement won’t be taken, backs won’t be put up, toes stepped on or an awkward day will follow.

At KTB Kids we have been working with Dr Nick Buckley since 2018. Nick has merged his commercial and academic interests by making mindfulness training effective and sustainable for the workplace. Nick supports our team each week to practice and apply mindfulness, ultimately to enhance the wellbeing and professional effectiveness of each individual member of the team.

We have produced a toolkit of resources that are geared towards supporting self-awareness, self-regulation and developing emotional intelligence. This in effect allows our team to be happier, more in control of their emotions and more able to enjoy the work that they do everyday to meet the needs of the children we care for. We prevent small ripples of unease leading to big, crashing, stressful waves. The result is a happy, united team committed to the children within the setting and to their role within our business.

 

Employee enrichment and professional development 

Our team are our greatest asset, and we are committed to ensure that they are motivated and engaged. Our leadership offers transparency, support and a united approach to our authentic vision and goals for the setting. We strive to unleash individual potential and to encourage our educators to be innovative in how they work. We promote a structure within the nursery where layers of management are minimised, instead encouraging joint responsibility where every individual is recognised as competent and capable. We strive for a positive culture of psychological safety within our team and beyond this we are committed to embedding a meaningful equity, diversity, and inclusion strategy. We believe that these values underpin all aspects of our curriculum delivery and have a positive impact on the care that we provide for our children every day.  

Our staff development at KTB Kids extends beyond mandatory core update training, we offer regular coaching, on-the-job mentoring and supervision, social team building days and participation in specific CPD programmes. 

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