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Walter’s Ash

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RAFAKidz Walter’s Ash
98-100 Greenwood
Walter’s Ash
High Wycombe
HP14 4XB

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RAFAKidz Walter’s Ash offers childcare for children aged 0 to 5 years.

Located very close to the station RAF High Wycombe, we are proud to serve military personnel and families and the local community by providing experiences that are special, unique and child focused. We put parents’ priorities and children’s development front of mind ensuring we work together to understand individual needs and requirements. We provide government funded places for two, three and four year olds. From our outside space to the three bespoke rooms designed for a range of ages, the handpicked staff, nutritious meals, and much more – there’s plenty of reasons to choose RAFAKidz Walter’s Ash for your child.

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Why choose RAFAKidz Walter’s Ash?

Year-round opening

We provide childcare all year round (excluding Christmas and bank holidays), offering you flexibility and choice.

Bespoke rooms

Three bespoke rooms designed for babies, toddlers and pre-school.

Sleeping area

When children are tired, we provide comfortable and quiet sleeping areas. Our staff work with you to understand your child's sleeping arrangements.

Toilet training

We will fully support your child with toilet training as its important they develop their own independence when using the toilet.

Outdoor play

We believe outdoor play is important to your child’s development. Our outdoor areas are well equipped for your child to explore.

Special Educational Needs

We recognise that children are individuals with their own personalities, needs and preferences. Our trained staff will work closely with you and other professionals to identify any additional support that is required to meet your child's needs.

Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is set out in the requirements for the Educational Programme in the Early Years Foundation Stage Statutory Framework.

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    Our Rooms

    Growing up and learning new things every day is an exciting part of being at nursery. At Walter's Ash, our rooms are designed for specific periods in your child’s development.

  • Meals


    We all know that food feeds the mind! That’s why we deliver a well-balanced menu of meals and snacks, all prepared fresh daily by our own chef.

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Frequently asked questions

We have provided answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below.

What are the reasons for this change?

The RAF reviewed the provision of nursery service at RAF High Wycombe and initiated a public tender process for the three settings. RAFAKidz took part in this competitive process and are delighted that we have been selected by the RAF to become the new nursery provider for RAF High Wycombe.

The RAF’s Air Commercial department is responsible for the tender process. If you have questions relating to the tender process or the outcome, please direct these to Air Commercial.
Under the terms of the tender process, we were not permitted to contact the station, parents or staff at any of the settings until Wednesday 15 February when the contract was signed. Questions regarding communications of the tender process itself should be directed to the RAF’s Air Commercial department.

About RAFAKidz

RAFAKidz currently operates five nurseries at RAF Odiham, Cranwell, Leeming, Brize Norton and Digby. Within each of our settings we provide experiences that are special, unique and child-focused. All our nurseries are fully OFSTED registered, and we pride ourselves on our commitment to safeguarding and quality assurance. As a not-for-profit trading subsidiary of the RAF Association, RAFAKidz can focus on providing a high-quality service to RAF families, rather than on making commercial profit.

In 2019 RAF Community Support at HQ AIR identified that the availability of childcare is a key concern for serving RAF families and that access to quality, affordable childcare is critical. RAFAKidz was established in 2019 as a direct response to that need.

How will this impact the nursery settings?

We are doing all we can to ensure continuity of care, as far as it is possible to do so. There are some enhancements that we will be introducing, such as the implementation of our nursery management system, Famly. We use Famly to send invoices, communicate with parents and carers and provide updates on our children’s learning and development. We are also seeking to improve recognition of employees across the settings, including reflecting this within their rates of pay which as part of the RAFAKidz terms and conditions will be £12 per hour.

RAFAKidz is able to provide childcare at a very competitive cost to parents / carers due to it being a not-for-profit trading subsidiary of the RAF Association rather than a commercial, profit-making organisation. We are still awaiting on some key pieces of information from the existing nursery providers in order to confirm our fees. We will share this information with parents and carers as soon as possible.

The nurseries will be closed for four days from 3 – 6 April. This closure is essential as we must complete a range of preparation tasks in order for Ofsted to register the settings under the new RAFAKidz management. These tasks include carrying out checks of the buildings and ensuring that our risk assessments and evacuation plans are appropriate, installing new furniture and equipment (where needed) and ensuring that all of our staff have completed our mandatory safeguarding and health and safety training.
We provide childcare for at least 50 weeks of the year. We align our closures with Station shut-down periods but are typically closed for one week at Christmas and on bank holidays.
Our intention is to maintain the current opening hours of each of the nurseries.
We hope to continue to provide what is currently offered at the nursery settings. We provide home cooked food at all but one of our other RAFAKidz nurseries, where we use quality meals provided by a recognised nursery food supplier.

How will this impact employees?

We recognise the integral role of nursery staff and the importance of continuity in a child’s life, therefore, we have been careful to ensure that all employees of the former nursery provider have been given the opportunity to work for RAFAKidz. We are treating this as a relevant transfer under the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employment) Regulations 2006.

We welcome the opportunity to have a completely confidential conversation with existing nursery employees or potential future employees. We encourage anyone who would like further information to contact us via [email protected] and we will arrange to have a confidential chat at a time convenient for you.
Members of the RAFAKidz management team are doing all we can to work with the nursery employees and ensure they are given accurate information and advice and to consult them regarding the transition. We hope that the existing nursery employees will choose to transfer over to us and we look forward to welcoming them to the RAFAKidz family. RAFAKidz will provide all nursery employees with comprehensive training and personal development to assist them in delivering the highest quality childcare. We want to ensure as smooth a transition as possible for the current employees.

Further information

We understand that changes in nursery provision can feel unsettling for parents and carers; ensuring your child receives the best early years care is vitally important. Members of the RAFAKidz team are available to answer any questions you may have - you can contact us at [email protected] .

Last updated 01/03/2023