As of 16 October 2019, Kidzone Cranwell Ltd, the nursery at RAF College Cranwell, will be run by RAFA Kidz.
RAFA Kidz is a subsidiary of the Royal Air Forces Association, the charity that has supported the RAF family for many decades. It delivers fun, affordable and nurturing early years childcare in a welcoming environment on RAF stations.
Nick Bunting, Secretary General of the RAF Association said:
“Access to childcare for serving RAF families is a key welfare concern. The Association has already responded by training the partners of serving RAF personnel to become registered childminders, but further discussions with Air Command identified that more support was needed. This led to the creation of RAFA Kidz.
“The nursery at RAF College Cranwell is rated as outstanding by Ofsted, so we look forward to maintaining the high standard set by the staff and management.”
Nikki Batt, Manager of Kidzone Cranwell Ltd, said:
“Future proofing quality affordable childcare and early years training for staff at Kidzone is extremely important to us. We look forward to working under the RAFA Kidz umbrella and continuing to support our families for years to come.”
When serving parents send their children to a RAFA Kidz nursery, they will also be supporting their RAF colleagues and the wider RAF family.
Any additional income generated by their nursery will be invested back into the nursery and into RAF welfare activities delivered by the RAF Association. Projects such as free station wi-fi, Storybook Wings and childminder training will all benefit.
For more information about RAFA Kidz nurseries, visit www.rafakidz.org.uk
Media contact: RAFA Kidz/RAF Association Alex Scoppie, 0116 268 8755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
About RAFA Kidz
RAFA Kidz is a wholly owned trading subsidiary of the charity, the Royal Air Forces Association. It delivers fun, affordable and nurturing early years childcare in a welcoming environment, on RAF stations.
About the Royal Air Forces Association
The Royal Air Forces Association (or RAF Association) is a membership organisation and registered charity that provides welfare support to the RAF family.
The Association recognises that RAF personnel and their immediate families dedicate their lives to their country, and we believe that such a sacrifice should not result in suffering, poverty or loneliness.
Whether it’s an injured airman or woman fighting to get back on their feet, a young child missing their parent away on overseas operations, or a World War II veteran needing a shoulder to lean on, we are here to help all generations of RAF personnel and their families. We also support serving families if they need us. We give practical, emotional and financial support.
Our membership of 74,000 includes serving RAF personnel, veterans and members of the public who want to show their support for the work that we do.
Across the UK in 2017 the Association carried out more than 115,000 welfare contacts, calls and visits, helped tell thousands of bedtime stories to children whose parents were away on operations, and gave tailored holidays to 2,500 RAF veterans, widows and family at our Wings Breaks hotels.
Our support ranges from simply providing conversation and friendship to preparing and submitting application forms for financial assistance.
Charity numbers: 226686 (England and Wales), SCO37673 (Scotland).