Providing children an environment with a sense of belonging, meet Kids Kingdom! Devoting her life to working with children, owner Teresa aspired to open a daycare where kids can feel secure and embrace routine, while encouraging them to make their own choices and a sense of spontaneity. As for what makes the days run so smoothly? Good communication and a great team! If this all sounds like something you’re looking for in a daycare, then keep on reading as Teresa explains more below!
Tell us about Kids Kingdom! How long have you been in business?
Teresa: Kids Kingdom Drop in Daycare, located at 600 A Frazier Drive in Franklin, is now open. They are a licensed drop-in daycare for children aged 12 months to 12 years of age. The location was formerly The Children’s Hour, also a drop-in child care business, but it closed in July. Now, there’s a new place with a new name and owner.
What made you want to work with kids?
Teresa: I have had over twenty-five years’ experience working with children and their families. From MAC programs, Head Start programs (with children with severe disabilities), elementary schools, child protection and non government charity organizations. I have a Bachelor in Psychology with a minor in Family and Children’s Studies. Obviously, since I have devoted half my life and whole career to children and their families, I have a genuine love of children and passionate about their welfare. I believe if you want to change the world, it starts at home.
What is the philosophy behind Kids Kingdom?
Teresa: MISSON: To provide a safe, secure and nurturing environment for children aged 1 to 12 years, where children’s physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs are met. PHILOSOPHY: To provide an environment in which children have a sense of belonging, where their voices are heard. We encourage children to make their own choices and influence their world. While we embrace spontaneity and flexibility into our day, we believe routine and structure is important to children and enhances their sense of security. We value strong relationships with families. We respect their views and encourage their input whilst continually maintaining open relationships. The flexibility to meet the changing needs of your child, family and community by encouraging feedback and communication.
What are your strengths compared to others drop in daycares?
Teresa: My staff. I have hand picked mothers with two or more years experience in the drop in day care environment. We have five staff that are consistent. So we provide consistent care. We are also child directed, children choose their play activities, unlike most child environment where the child is told how to play by an adult.
What attracts parents to work with you?
Teresa: Clear communication of goals and needs. We listen to parents suggestion on how to make our service better.