Which children services and specialists do we recommend?

Below are a number of children services who we recommend. We take great pride in being associated with the following companies and would like to assure you that their expertise in their field and their mission are fully supported by us

Children’s Activities Association (CAA)

The not-for-profit Children’s Activities Association (CAA) was launched by a team of leading industry experts in 2015 as a UK first to set and raise standards in all organised children’s activities across the UK.

Through its membership, code of practice and accreditation, the CAA offers children’s activity providers a simple, sure-fire way to communicate their excellence to customers, potential customers, franchisees and industry peers. By asking the question ‘Are you a member of the CAA’ – the CAA serves to ensure parents can now make informed choices and get peace of mind on a range of really important issues such as insurance, health and safety, criminal record checks, training, qualifications, class content and much more.

The CAA is delighted to be working closely with Fundamentally Children and Amanda Gummer as its official, independent accrediting organisation. Dr Gummer and her team work alongside CAA member companies to support their achievement of their Bronze, Silver and Gold accreditations.

 

Families in Focus CIC

Families in Focus CIC works to support parents caring for children with any special need and/or disability. A Community Interest Company, the business is dedicated to providing support through its specialist, award winning parenting courses. The company offers CANparent/Parenting UK Quality Marks for Handling Anger in Your Family and A Complete Guide to Parenting Children with Additional Needs parenting courses. Families in Focus CIC also runs Parent Network support and  learning groups where parents also benefit prom additional training in empathic communication techniques and training to become facilitators.

Co-Director Francine Swaaby has four grown up children including a son with Autism, learning disability, epilepsy and challenging behaviours and is also a trained and experienced counsellor. Fellow Director Lesley Chance has many years’ experience in supporting young people with SEND in schools and has two grown up children. Each with over 25 years personal and professional experience Francine and Lesley provide a unique range of experience and deliver effective and life changing support for parents caring for young people with SEND.

 

Independent Publisher’s Guild (IPG)

The Independent Publishers Guild is a leading UK trade association with more than 600 members, and provides a wide range of resources, events and networking to help them do better business. Its community of publishing members works across the spectrum of the industry and shares annual turnover of more than £1bn.

 

KidsOut

KidsOut is the national children’s charity (Reg. charity no. 1075789) dedicated to bringing fun and happiness into the lives of disadvantaged children. The charity supports over 50,000 disadvantaged and vulnerable children across the UK each year, and helps to transform their lives by providing fun opportunities and positive experiences to enhance their wellbeing and outlook for a happier future.

KidsOut supports children experiencing all manner of disadvantages, including those with physical or mental disabilities, those experiencing economic hardship, young carers, siblings of the terminally ill, and in particular those who have fled domestic violence.

KidsOut provides five key services: Fun Days out for disadvantaged groups, Toy Boxes for children relocated from refuge, the National Rotary KidsOut Day, provided annually to groups from special schools (in conjunction with Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland), World Stories, to help children communicate in the classroom as learn about different cultures, and Phyzzpod sensory rooms.

 

Karisma Kidz

Karisma Kidz is a digital platform which empowers and teaches children social, emotional and enterprise skills. Providing an essential and effective bridge between digital and real world play, it teaches three to eight year-olds life skills in a fun and engaging way. The brand is loved by parents and children, is preloaded to around two million devices, and is championed by The Sunday Times as the next big thing to shake up the children’s entertainment industry.

Founder Erika Brodnock is a multi-award winning entrepreneur, life coach and creator of digital resources covering emotional and social learning, digital safety, and digital parenting. She is also Sky News’ child confidence expert. Erika is passionate about making sure that every child has the opportunity to reach their potential, and bridges the digital and real world teaching life skills through play.

 

Morton Michel

With over 50 years’ experience, Morton Michel is known as the UK’s leading childcare insurance specialist. The family run business is renowned for its tailored policies, excellent service, integrity and competitive premiums so customers can be sure they have the right cover at the right price, with no hidden costs.

Morton Michel expertly insure over 40,000 childcare settings and early years practitioners including nurseries, pre-schools, out of school clubs, holiday play schemes, mobile crèches, toy libraries, parent and toddler groups, children’s homes, childminders, nannies, educational/sporting groups and indoor play centres.

 

PRIVO

PRIVO is the one-stop child and family identity management and privacy compliance solution. The solution helps companies with one or multiple sites, apps and/or smart toys to directly and legally engage and transact with young consumers by obtaining and managing verifiable parental consent while staying in full compliance with privacy regulations. PRIVO can help companies securely open up the doors to children in a compliant manner.

Certifying apps, sites and games from well-known children’s brands for over a decade, PRIVO is an expert in helping companies navigate the children’s online privacy landscape, while helping them obtain and achieve their business goals. Some of the company’s clients include PBS Kids, Toca Boca, Outfit 7, NASA, Elf on the Shelf and Cricket Media.

 

The Parent Practice

The Parent Practice enables parents to create a clear vision of how they want to be as a family and to bring up their children in a purposeful way. Through their courses and consultations (face to face in London or online) and topic-based workshops (in their centres or in schools or the workplace) The Parent Practice  provides insights into what really makes children tick and practical real-life strategies for bringing out the best in them and creating harmony at home. The organisation’s tried and tested techniques are based on the latest thinking in neuroscience and psychology and the experiences of real families.

 

Women in Toys

Women in Toys is the leading global networking organisation dedicated to cultivating and supporting the advancement and recognition of women working in toys, licensing and entertainment. Founded in 1991, WIT provides a supportive forum and unparalleled opportunities to help its members achieve professional growth and success. The organisation has chapters throughout the United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Australia and the UK, with liaisons and members in France, Germany, Lebanon and the Netherlands.

 

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