“Kid City has been running for five years, providing a supportive environment for children with special educational needs or disabilities and their families.
We have a training room and a parents’ room and we provide Nordoff Robins music therapy and art sessions. The parents stay here with their children, either helping with the children, or studying, having some time out. Childminders also use the centre. There are lots of different languages spoken, everyone gets on well together, having a common interest.
We are a voluntary sector organisation with a very supportive management committee. Our plan is to get registered with Ofsted; this will put us in a better position to apply for funding. It should be up and running by September.
We have eight staff – three of them are doing training. I’m taking the Level 4 course in Management with the College, part of the Ofsted plan. I started in September 2008 and have nearly finished. Two staff are doing NVQ Level 3 in Early Years. And we have two of the College's learners doing placements here. We also have two parents doing Level 2 and three doing Level 3 childcare training.
My NVQ Level 4 course was excellent. I had a good relationship with my tutor. The way she delivered the teaching gave me a new way of thinking, helped me to restructure the way I work with my staff. I’m clearer about what I should be doing, the legislation and policies, how I write things up, regular staff meetings, and how you run them. Everything is in place. When I reported back to the management committee, they were impressed.
The staff are working differently, they are taking more initiative. As part of the training they do lots of observations of children, writing everything down and putting into it into practice. It enables them to work better with the children, they know what’s expected when you work with disabled children.
All of that will help with Ofsted, to show you’re improving all the time, not only doing NVQs but adding in specialist training all the time.”