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Smoking and children do not mix…

…We all know it, but it’s a brave (or stupid) person that takes on an issue like this with a team of 230+ – of which probably a good 15% are smokers!

Over the years, Kids Allowed has tried all sorts to reduce the impact of smoking on children and non smoking colleagues.

When we first opened, 8 years ago, we had a team garden for all colleagues and this doubled up as a smoking area for colleagues.

Colleagues who had had a cig on their break had to spray perfume and use a mouth wash / spray to try and disguise the smell, but we all know this is totally ineffective.

We moved to colleagues, in addition to the above, having to put on a jacket so that the smoke did not make their clothes smell – a little better but still not good enough.

We then moved to a total change of clothes – this helped somewhat but […]


Have a Break!

If I am at home early evening I often see a pre-school child and his mum walking past my home. This child has caught my attention as sometimes I notice that he is crying.

On a few occasions, I have had a brief conversation with his mum who looks very tired and unsure what to do. My thoughts are that he is tired and the crying is a reaction to seeing his mum and this is his way of communicating his feelings. (Note to self – add a section in my Supporting Transitions course, around preparing children for the handover to their parents at the end of the day.) In addition, I believe that he is picking up that his mum is tired.

I saw them again as I was walking to my car during the Christmas week and I noticed that he wasn’t crying. When I wished them both Happy Christmas, mum replied ‘I’ll not be […]


Handling telephone queries from prospective parents

I was recently commissioned by a client to carry out telephone research on how her staff and other nurseries in their locality answer initial queries from prospective parents. Sadly, I was not surprised by my findings, having done this before for other clients.

With this in mind I would like to share my initial thoughts on my experience and how you could improve your staff awareness in handling telephone queries from prospective parents:
Answer the phone so that the caller can hear the smile in your voice. Do not answer the phone as if the world is coming to the end in five minutes.
       Say ‘xxxxx nursery, Barack speaking, how can I help you……’ don’t say ‘Ello, or Eh’.
 Make sure that the member of staff has a pen and note pad to hand or, more importantly, an initial enquiry form (please contact me if you would like a copy of an initial enquiry form –