Case Studies


Kids Unlimited was established in 1983 by husband and wife team Jean and Stewart Pickering on the  ground floor of their Victorian semi-detached house in Wilmslow after they were unable to find childcare to match their exacting standards.

They put in place a strategy that focused heavily on providing a stimulating environment for all children in their care.  Their enduring philosophy is that every child deserves to be cared for in an engaging environment by dedicated and caring individuals.

Kids Unlimited is committed to providing a working environment in which their staff can attain their full potential, and firmly believe in recruiting and training the very best.
They have taken considerable time and care to develop a range of policies to ensure the children in their care remain safe and secure, are treated as individuals, are led by good example and that they learn through creativity and play.

The Challenge

Kids Unlimited had recently opened a new purpose built day nursery in Timperley, Cheshire.  They had to fulfil mandatory requirements for newly recruited staff to be trained to Safeguarding Children Level 1 standard.   They needed a flexible training solution – a course that was bespoke to safeguarding issues in Early Years settings, to be provided at short notice.  To avoid disruption to their daily business they wanted the training to be delivered after the nursery closed at 6pm.    They also needed a course that would stimulate and sustain the interest of nursery workers and domiciliary staff at the end of a long working day.

The Athena Solution

We recognised that Kids Unlimited wanted a totally customised training course for early years workers that would give them the clear and concise information they need to effectively safeguard the children in their care.  The nursery was due their first Ofsted inspection any day and needed to know that the nursery staff had a clear understanding of safeguarding issues in practice.

We delivered a Safeguarding Children Level 1 course with particular regard to legislation and research as it applies in the Early Years sector.  We made the learning interactive and dynamic, using training materials that delegates would be familiar with at work, such as Lego and artwork, and this was backed-up by written and signposting supporting resources.

The Outcome

Natalie Mason, Early Years Advisor, said, “For me the training confirmed how effective creative training is in exploring child protection issues with staff.  The training facilitated great teamwork and the whole evening was interactive and fun.  We have staff from a variety of age groups and backgrounds, and they all found the content and exercises interesting.  The staff liked the way the training was given – they loved the Lego activity!

“It was an excellent course – thank you!”

For more information about our work with Kids Unlimited and other nurseries please take a look at our recent feature in Nursery World Magazine