“Welcome to the Body & Soul children’s centre. I hope your children find it to be a place they grow to love and develop. I am constantly amazed and humbled by the creativity and joy for life that the children bring with them. I hope you are able to come and share an evening of wonder with us. We look forward to seeing you soon.” Jane, Head of Children’s Programmes
Who works in the Children’s Centre?
The Children’s Centre is managed by Jane King, a qualified and highly experienced teacher, with the support of Maya Bell Kohli and Paulette Davis. All staff have diverse qualifications including teaching, play therapy, nursery nursing and first aid. Our diverse team of volunteers all have enhanced CRB checks and the staff follow OFSTED curriculum guidance. The excellent adult:child ratio and the age and developmentally-appropriate activities will boost your child’s abilities and help them reach their potential.
How do I book a place for my children?
We are limited to nine children from 0-2 years old and 26 children from 3-9 years old. Please ensure you book in advance as there is high demand. We will do our best to accommodate you.
Can you arrange transport for us to attend?
We ask as many people as possible to make their own way to us. We have a transport policy with strict guidelines on who we may be able to provide transport for. This is in the interests of managing our very limited resources. Please ask if you wish to have a transport assessment.
It’s my first Tuesday evening visit. What can I expect?
On arrival at Body & Soul you will be asked to sign in at reception. You will then be accompanied to the Children’s Centre to book your child in. A member of staff will greet you and show you around. If you have time, you are welcome to stay with your child for a while to help them settle in with us. Each child settles in differently and we will always accommodate this. When you are ready to leave at the end of the evening, please make sure you inform a member of staff so that we can sign your child out of the centre.
Can my child come on their own?
Where possible, we do encourage you to attend Body & Soul as a family. However, in certain circumstances we are happy for your child to attend the centre even if you cannot come yourself. Please call or talk to a member of staff if you feel this may be necessary.
My child does not know about HIV. Will you be talking about it?
Most of the children who attend the Children’s Centre are not aware of HIV within the family. We do not discuss HIV or have any information about HIV at any time in the Children’s Centre. The BaSe group for children aged 10-12 years openly talks about HIV. We recognise that naming HIV to your child can be a difficult and daunting process and we can help you through this when the time comes.
What if my child is hungry and thirsty?
We have water, squash and fruit available throughout the evening and children are encouraged to help themselves or ask if they would like anything. We also provide a hot nutritious meal, which includes a vegetarian option. We do not serve pork or beef but please inform us of any dietary requirements or allergies your child may have, particularly if you have become aware of them after registering with us.
What happens if my child has an accident or is ill?
Three members of staff in the Children’s Centre have completed Early Years First Aid training. Minor cuts and injuries will be dealt with straight away by one of these staff members and you will be informed at the end of the evening. If your child is ill during the evening we will contact you immediately to take them home.
If your child has had a contagious illness, been sick or had diarrhoea in the 24 hours before you are due to attend, we ask that you cancel your visit.
If your child needs treatment at hospital you will be contacted immediately. If you have not attended with your child and we are unable to contact the first named emergency contact, we will move on to the other nominated emergency contact. If a child needs urgent treatment one of the Children’s Centre staff team will escort them to hospital and stay with them until you arrive. In this situation however, we are unable to give medical professionals permission to treat your child as we are not the legal guardians.
I’ve booked a place, but now I can’t come. What should I do?
Please call Body & Soul on 0207 923 6880 and tell us as soon as possible so that we can offer the space to somebody else.