Rachel Jones

Rachel Jones

Founder and CEO

As a mum of two young children, Oliver and Amy, I launched Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids in 2001 as a service that provided high quality childcare to families, with an ethos of a childcare environment that was above minimum standards set by Ofsted, providing a warm, caring and nurturing environment that I would want for my children.

I wanted to be sure that parents were confident in putting the care of their children in the hands of a capable, qualified and experienced team.

In recognition of this commitment, we have been awarded a number of industry-specific as well as a variety of business awards including being the only UK childcare providers with the Gold Standard IiP accreditation (data 2012) – see more details of our awards here.

At Fit ‘N’ Fun Kids we guarantee a fully trained, dedicated and caring team of staff who are there to look after your child’s welfare. It has always been important to me that we care for our staff and support them with their personal growth in order to ensure they are the best practitioners for your child and for this we have been rewarded with a team that have been in place for many years with a low turnover of staff.

As a childcare provider, I am even more aware that, as a parents most treasured gift, every child deserves the best possible start in life and the support that enables them to fulfil their potential. Children develop quickly in the early years and a child’s experiences between birth and age five have a major impact on their future life chances. A secure, safe and happy childhood is important in its own right. Good parenting and high-quality early learning together provide the foundation children need to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow up.

In the current economic climate, having the choice of having one parent remaining at home to bring children up is not necessarily an option for most families, therefore, ensuring their child or children are in a safe, caring environment is essential. There are several types of childcare provisions to choose from, extended family support, child minders, day care nurseries and on-site crèches. As children grow, pre-school (which can be part of their child’s day care provision), wraparound care and out of school care such as breakfast, after school and holiday clubs are available to support working families.

Forming a strong partnership with your child’s key worker is essential for not only your child but for you as a parent. This partnership will ensure the best quality care is given, supported through transitions throughout the setting to school and if required, around the school day until your child becomes an independent young person.

Look at life through the eyes of a child and you see wonder everywhere. Even ordinary things hold extraordinary promise, and every little activity, from splodging with a paintbrush to splashing in a puddle helps children understand about the world around them and how it all works.

At Fit N Fun Kids, we look at every experience as an opportunity for learning, and we surround our children with interesting and stimulating materials and activities that help develop balance, confidence, motor skills, language, communication, maths; the list goes on…

Because children learn most effectively when they’re having fun, we focus on Learning through purposeful play, guiding, prompting, using open questions and encouraging them throughout the day. Each child is allowed to take things at their own pace, with their key person identifying each stage of their development and supporting them through every fascinating and exciting adventure.

Each of our childcare rooms have access to the garden, outside play areas, indoor soft play room, with children further supported with trips out and about including regularly accessing experienced of learning through forestry and our local beaches. We ensure our planning is child led, building on children’s independence by encouraging them to make their own choices. By giving them chances to work as an individual and as part of a group, we can also help build their self-confidence and promote social interaction.

Memories and achievements are captured and added to your child’s Learning Journey through our on-line resource Tapestry you can also feed in to so we are together supporting your child’s learning and development.

Fit N Fun Kids has been quoted by Ofsted as having a ‘family atmosphere’ which we feel is a true reflection of how a childcare environment should be. We are very proud to be rated as an ‘Outstanding’ provider by Ofsted at our recent inspection.

Furthermore, we are also proud to be one of the small number of settings that hold Millies Mark accreditation in recognition of how we keep your children safe.  100% of our staff hold a Paediatric First Aid qualification.

I will always go above and beyond to ensure we deliver the high quality childcare service we promise and always welcome constructive feedback – I appreciate there can always be room for improvement, so on this note, please contact me at racheljones@fitnfunkids.co.uk if you wish to meet with me to discuss any of our provisions or any of the other initiatives I support.

You can relax when you bring your child to Fit 'N' Fun Nurseries, comfortable in the knowledge that they will be safe, stimulated, nurtured, educated, supported and encouraged.

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