We are a committee charity run pre-school, situated within the grounds of Briary Primary School in Greenhill. We are situated in a spacious log cabin, which boasts a large play room, a sensory room, a nurture room, a snack room, a weatherproof covered veranda which leads into our main garden with wooden climbing frame and slide, a sensory cycle circuit and different textured spongy areas for sand play and construction. Our side garden which has recently been astro turfed has a large covered mud kitchen, a herb garden, insect area, playhouse, and water station. We have a vegetable and fruit garden, each key group has their own vegetable bed tend to and grow vegetables and fruit. In our front garden space we have a small 'forest' area for natural exploration. We value the importance of children's wellbeing and involvement. In 2014 we were awarded The Kent Quality Mark which is a Kent accreditation scheme. In July 2017 Ofsted awarded us a grade of Good with outstanding for well-being. We have been awarded the accredited Food Champion Status for supporting six healthy eating initiatives in conjunction with Kent Community Health, part of the NHS Foundation Trust. Our staff are all full time, committed and caring key persons, which ensures consistency for the child, our key persons have a minimum of a Level 3 qualification, with one staff member working towards her BA (hons) Early Childhood Education and Care Degree. The Manager and Deputy have completed the Leadership and Management Professional Development Module of the Early Childhood Education and Care Degree. We have a strong SEND provision, with a good reputation in the local area. Please look at our Local Offer section for more detailed information on what we provide. The Manager and Deputy are the Designated Safeguarding Leads in the setting and we have an Early Years Practitioner who has also completed the training. All staff have attended safeguarding training for early years staff.
We provide our children with enrichment, we have a weekly Sign and Rhyme session with a trained Makaton professional, these sessions are delivered in a fun and friendly way. We have embarked on an Intergenerational Project with a local care home, visiting every fortnight. During these visits the children engage with the elderly residents, sharing stories, activities and singing.
We are members of the Bay Collaboration, a group of like minded Managers and Deputy Managers from other preschool and nursery settings in Herne Bay and Whitstable. Together our collaboration share ideas and complete projects together. This year we have embarked on 'Our Wonderful World' award, to teach our children about recycling and sustainability for the future, in line with the United Nations Sustainability Development Goals. We are working towards our award and are completing challenges to achieve it, for example we have recently changed from plastic milk containers to glass milk bottles, the children are actively involved in recycling and understanding the implications to our planet.