Our aim for all children is to support them to develop to their full potential...
Threshers Day Nursery is a charity run nursery in the heart of St Mary Cray. It was opened 47 years ago to provide affordable childcare for local families.
We provide high quality childcare for children aged between 12 months and 5 years old and we support the children's growth and learning, while being in a loving, caring and nurturing environment. We follow the EYFS and keep detailed 'learning journeys' about the children, tracking their progress while here at Threshers Day Nursery.
We are open Monday - Friday, 51 weeks of the year from 8am - 6pm. We offer the 15 hours, term time only funded spaces for 2, 3 & 4 year olds, and we also offer the extended 15 hours for 3 & 4 year olds.
We have a very dedicated and friendly team of staff who are qualified in both child care and first aid too.
What's happened so far...
For the last time this year we have entered the nursery into The Bromley Awards 2018 in the category 'Best Social Enterprise/Charity'. We had to go along for a panel interview to tell them all about the nursery and the wonderful work that we do with the children. The awards ceremony take place on Friday 30th November 2018, which Blerta, Kerry and myself will be going along to with all of the other entrants to find out if we have won. Lets keep our fingers crossed. Congratulations to everyone who has entered, we are all winners really!
Guess what happened? We only went and won! We are feeling very proud of ourselves and are still in shock. We have put our award in the office for all to see.
Sadly one of our chickens, Betty Tekka, passed away, and Twinkle Star looked very sad and lonely, so our cleaner, Jane, who also has her own chickens, has decided to give Twinkle Star a new home for us...Watch out to see what happens next with the space! Well... we decided to get some large wooden farm animals for the children to climb on and sit on. We have a sheep, a pig and a big brown bear. The children think they are great fun.
Our 'Respite Cabin' is up and running and going very well indeed. We are able to work on a one to one basis with the children and focus on their individual needs, and help them progress and develop each day.
Stuart, our football coach, along with one of our Trustees, Simon, comes to the nursery every Tuesday morning and works with the pre-school children. They teach them gross motor skills such as balancing and coordination, like catching and throwing, they also teach them about spacial awareness and how to share and turn take.
Our new garden, that was officially opened on the 13th October 2018, has added a lovely splash of colour to the playground for the children, they are over the moon with it, and enjoy being outside even more so now.
We were extremely lucky to be supported by The Wooden Spoon Charity, who are based in Kent. They donated us the money to turn our very tired looking playground into the amazing and lively playground for the children to explore in.
Lewis and his team from Playscape worked very hard to bring the playground to life for us, and as you can see from the pictures, it looks simply stunning!
Ada & Albert, who are based in Chislehurst, have been an amazing support to the nursery, not only do they donate toys, books and clothes for the children to use, but they also set up an amazing 'Winter Wonderland' in the garden at the back of their shop for our children to visit. They had the chance to make Christmas cards, Christmas decorations and magical reindeer food, as well as explore the the fairy woodland outside.
The children had a fantastic time as you can see from the photos in our gallery.
We have also been given a wonderful opportunity to work with Bishop Chanoller School in Bromley by using their 'Forest School'. Today some of our children had the pleasure of exploring in the woods, digging in the mud, looking for bugs and insects and drinking warm juice around the campfire (it wasn't lit) with Miss Cotes the forest school teacher, while meeting Twilight the forest school owl (he was a big wooden owl).
Miss Cotes also taught the children how to stay safe in a woodland area, and around a camp fire. It was a lovely experience for the children, and one that we are hoping will continue to happen in the future.
There are some photos of the forest school in our gallery for you to see.
We would like to welcome our latest new arrival Jenson, the black bunny rabbit. He has settled into nursery life very well, and goes out to play with the children each day (in his rabbit run)...I think he thinks he is one of the children! You can see some pictures of him in the gallery.