Modern Slavery Statement

Our objectives
In accordance with our commitment (set out in our statement published in 2019 (“2019 Statement”)), to periodically review the effectiveness of our policies and procedures to address modern slavery and human trafficking related risks, we refined the objectives and detailed commitments set out in our 2019 Statement during this year. This refinement followed a further assessment of the risk of modern slavery and human trafficking occurring in the Kids’ Club business and its supply chain, and resulted in the prioritisation of the systems and procedures implemented (as set out in this statement). Whilst we will continue to strive to implement the commitments detailed in the 2019 Statement, this will form part of a long-term continuous improvement programme for Kids’ Club to address risk in this area.
Our organisation
Since inception in 1983, Kids’ Club has become synonymous with quality care and education. Kids’ Club is proud of its practical, child-centred approach, where children are respected as individuals and encouraged to learn and develop at their own pace within a home from home environment that meets rigorous safety standards. From its Staffordshire roots Kids’ Club has grown to become the largest provider of childcare in the UK. Our international footprint takes exceptional Kids’ Club education into ten countries, crossing four continents. The Kids’ Club values are encased in the wonderful people who are employed across our nurseries and National Support Centre. Attracting the highest quality educators and highest calibre of department expertise is key in delivering exceptional education and care. With sector leading, long standing leadership teams Kids’ Club is dedicated to the vision of its founders and stands by these quality standards in the UK and internationally.
Our people

The Kids’ Club workforce in the United Kingdom is made
up of contracted staff, consultants and agency workers.


We have effective systems and controls in place to
address the risk of slavery taking place in our business,
in particular:

  • Robust safer recruitment and employment policies and
    procedures for all of our staff, consultants and workers.
  • We check the names and addresses, references, legal right to work and criminal record of our staff and consultants. Agencies are required to provide evidence
    of safer recruitment checks of any workers provided.
  • We only use reputable recruitment and staffing
    agencies, and conduct diligence on these agencies
    before adding them to our approved list of agencies,
    including:
    o Background checks.
    o Checking agency staff have required paperwork.
    o Ensuring agencies are contractually committed
    to carry out checks on the staff they provide.
Our supply chain
Our primary group of suppliers at Kids’ Club are those that supply our centres, including food, nursery equipment, consumables, cleaning and maintenance services. We have implemented systems and controls to address the risk of slavery taking place in our supply chain, in particular we: • Carry out due diligence on all our key suppliers prior to onboarding. • Conduct annual reviews of our key suppliers’ policies and procedures to ensure slavery is not taking place in their business. • Expect all those in our supply chain to comply with our values, with key suppliers required to commit to modern slavery contractual obligations. We will not support or deal with any business knowingly involved in modern slavery or human trafficking
Our policies

We are committed to ensuring that there is no modern
slavery or human trafficking in our supply chains or in
any part of our business. Our Modern Slavery Global
Policy reflects our commitment to acting ethically and
with integrity in all our business relationships and to
implementing and enforcing effective systems and controls to ensure slavery and human trafficking is not
taking place anywhere in our supply chains. This policy
sits alongside a framework of Kids’ Club policies, which
ensure our values are reflected in all our activities,
including:

  • Speak Up – which ensures all staff have a confidential
    avenue to report concerns through.
  • Code of Conduct – which sets out our values and
    expectations of our people.
  • Safer Recruitment – which sets out the checks that must be completed ahead of any individual being
    recruited by Kids’ Club.
  • DBS (England & Wales) and PVG & SSSC (Scotland) –
    which outlines our approach to these safeguarding
    checks and services at Kids’ Club.
Training
To ensure a high level of understanding of the risks of modern slavery and human trafficking in our supply chains and our business, we provide annual training to our staff.