Kings Kids Day Nursery

A Message from Lord Pickles and Lord Blunkett, followed by Kings Kids Day Nursery's best practice article

The ability to listen and learn from one another has always been vital in parliament, in business and in most aspects of daily life. But at this particular moment in time, as national and global events continue to reiterate, it is uncommonly crucial that we forge new channels of communication and reinforce existing ones. The following article from Kings Kids Day Nursery is an attempt to do just that. We would welcome your thoughts on this or any other Parliamentary Review article.

Blunkett signature Rt Hon The Lord David Blunkett
Pickles signature Rt Hon The Lord Eric Pickles

Headteacher Pat Akwenuke
Group play with parents
Kings Kids is a private nursery school for children aged
from three months to five years. Established by Patience
Akwenuke in May 2011, following a successful Ofsted
registration process, it was rated “good” by Ofsted in 2018.
It looks to introduce and reinforce traditional values that will
increase personal responsibility, character development and
positive citizenship. Patience tells
The Parliamentary Review
the nursery offers a vibrant, exciting Christian environment in
which excellence is always sought.
Our mission statement is based on a biblical principle, and explains that we should:
“Train up a child in the way that he should go so that when he is old, he will not
depart from it.” This involves developing creative mindsets for future generations
and preparing them for the life ahead. At Kings Kids, every child is embraced,
valued, included, celebrated and provided with the best opportunities to thrive in
an essentially diverse community. We use the early years foundation framework to
support every child’s learning and development.
We open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, except Wednesday when we
close at 4pm. Our nursery is situated in Mill Hill, within proximity to Mill Hill
East underground station and five local primary schools. We place our pupils
in a Christian environment that is safe and secure, where children will be able
to learn through play and where appropriate follow a curriculum that will help
them develop to their full potential supported by an enthusiastic and passionate
»Headteacher: Pat Akwenuke
»Founded in 2011
»Based in Mill Hill, London
»Type of School: Private full day
nursery and pre-school
»Registered for 24 children
»Ofsted rating: “Good”
Kings Kids Day
Highlighting best practice
Our early years philosophy is a vital
starting point for every successful
future leader, where the human
being is likened to a house. Just
as every stable house is built on a
firm foundation, we believe that
every human being deserves a firm
foundation in their childhood in order
to become a functional adult. This is
because the greatness of every adult is
trapped in their childhood. Therefore,
every child that passes through the
corridors of Kings Kids is prepared and
equipped to become great in their
generation and fulfil their respective
purpose in life.
Meeting the needs of our
young people
There are skills that are crucially
important throughout childhood and
adult life. People live on earth and may
never fulfil or manifest themselves and
this is why at Kings Kids it is imperative
for us to work in partnership with
parents or carers and incorporate the
British values on a daily basis. In order
to meet the needs of every child, we
encourage the following:
1. Sense of purpose by developing
their interests and schemas
2. Sense of value by praising and
rewarding good behaviour and
good work, which encourages
children to do better next time
3. Sense of importance by following
their lead or contribution to their
chosen activity or creativity
4. Sense of fulfilment by providing
opportunities for children to
develop critical thinking, skills to
solve problems during play
5. Sense of personal power by
encouraging children to develop
their ability to be in control of
whatever situation they find
themselves in
6. Sense of resilience by supporting
and encouraging children not
to give up during challenging
experiences but to keep trying and
keep focused.
Determination in the face of
Our first couple of Ofsted inspections
rated our provision as “inadequate”.
We didn’t stop working, though, and
by the next inspection we were able
to demonstrate to the inspector that
Kings Kids is a “good” provider. Three
years later, we failed our inspection
again and this led to a number
of unforeseen events. The local
authorities immediately withdrew our
two-year-old funding and numbers
fell drastically. Parents and carers were
disheartened because our setting was
still seen as a home away from home.
Those particularly affected were those
with siblings that had to be withdrawn.
It was devastating for everyone
involved, including the children, who
We can achieve anything
every child
that passes
through the
corridors of
Kings Kids is
prepared and
equipped to
become great
in their
and fulfil their
purpose in life
could not understand why they could
no longer go to nursery. We were not
only forced to reduce our opening
hours, but we had to make some
members of staff redundant as we
could not afford to keep everyone on
the payroll. Nevertheless, those that
were meant to support us invariably
suggested closure and staff morale
reached an all-time low. Despite our
challenges and the progress we had to
make, we never ended the pursuit of
our purpose. We mastered resilience
and learnt that crisis is an incubator for
Re-emerging as a success
Our complete commitment and
dedication to educating young children
is our purpose for existence. Plans may
change but our purpose is permanent.
In 2016, we were one of six other
settings to deliver a presentation at
the Barnet Early Years Conference.
I graduated with a diploma in
childcare at the College of Haringey,
Enfield and North East London with
an Employer Recognition Award in
2016. Our voice was heard at the
All-Party Parliamentary Party Group for
Childcare and Early Education in the
Houses of Parliament in February 2018.
I also delivered a speech at the same
college in December 2018 for their
excellence awards graduation.
Our story truly changed, though,
when we achieved a “good” Ofsted
inspection grading in September
2018. Our two-year-old funding was
reinstated, the numbers on roll are
increasing rapidly and we are now
recruiting more teachers. We have
since been in the process of rebranding
and we are now registered as a limited
company. We are in the process
of developing our own presence
on social media and national and
international expansion is soon to start.
The government’s position on early
years funding for private, voluntary
and independent nurseries is a major
concern for the future, particularly as
minimum wage continues to rise, but
as our past has shown, we are able to
face the challenge head on.
We mastered
resilience and
learnt that
crisis is an
incubator for
Graduation ceremony
for our leavers

This article was sponsored by Kings Kids Day Nursery. The Parliamentary Review is wholly funded by the representatives who write for it. The publication in which this article originally appeared contained the following foreword from Rt Hon Michael Gove.

Rt Hon Michael Gove's Foreword For The Parliamentary Review

By Rt Hon Michael Gove

This year's Parliamentary Review comes at a momentous time for parliament, as we collectively determine the destiny of the United Kingdom. 

On October 31, the UK will leave the European Union. The successful implementation of this process is this government's number-one priority.

Three years after a historic referendum vote, we will deliver on the decisive mandate from the British people. Trust in our democracy depends on it. Until that final hour, we will work determinedly and diligently to negotiate a deal, one that abolishes the backstop and upholds the warm and close relationship we share with our friends, allies and neighbours in the EU. But in the event that the EU refuses to meet us at the table, we must be prepared to leave without a deal.

As the Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, it is my job to lead on this government's approach, should that scenario happen. Preparing for Brexit is my department's driving mission. But while I am leading this turbocharged effort, the whole of government is committed to this endeavour.

Ministers across Whitehall are working together to ensure that every possibility is considered, every plan is scrutinised and every provision is made. A daily drumbeat of meetings means that we are holding departments accountable, so that preparations are completed on time.

The chancellor has confirmed that all necessary funding will be made available. And we have mobilised thecivil service, assigning 15,000 of our most talented civil servants to manage our exit from the EU.

We will make sure that on November 1, there is as little disruption to national life as possible. Our trade relationships will continue to thrive, thanks to agreements with countries around the world worth £70 billion. Our country will remain secure, thanks to nearly 1,000 new officers posted at our borders. And the 3.2 million EU nationals now living and working among us can remain confident, with absolute certainty, of their right to remain in the UK.

Above all, our goal is to be transparent. Soon, we will launch a public information campaign so that citizens, communities and businesses are ready and reassured about what will happen in the event of “no deal”.

In my first few weeks in this role, I have travelled to ports and tarmacs, borders and bridges, all across the UK –from the seaside of Dover to the rolling green hills of County Armagh. I have heard from business owners and border officials, farmers and hauliers. They are ready to put an end to uncertainty. And they are ready to embrace the opportunities ahead.

Our departure from the EU will be a once in a lifetime chance to chart a new course for the United Kingdom. Preparing for that new course will be a herculean effort. But this country has made astounding efforts before. We can do it again.
Rt Hon Michael Gove
Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster