Our Aims

At Little Explorers Hythe we aim to provide the best possible childcare and early years education for young children. 

We aim to:

  • Develop in every child; a positive self image, confidence and sensitivity to others

  • Help children and their parents to make an easy transition from the family home to the larger community of the nursery and on to school

  • Maintain a welcoming, secure and stimulating environment in which little minds and bodies can grow happily and at their own pace

Little Explorers Hythe

What is the EYFS?

It is a framework which shapes high standards of practice. At our nursery we embrace the EYFS wholeheartedly, from activities, resources and staff training through to policies, procedures and management. A child's experience in the early years has a major impact on their future life chances.

The Nursery follows a structure of learning, development and care for children from birth to five years old. This is called the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and it enables your child to learn through a range of activities.

EYFS seeks to ensure that we provide the level of care which means parents can be confident that their child will receive a quality experience that supports their development and learning.

There are six areas of Learning and Development, which help us to observe, plan and assess your child's activities, based on their individual development and needs.

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication, Language and Literacy

  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy

  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World

  • Physical Development

  • Creative Development

This approach ensures that the EYFS meets the overarching aim of improving outcomes and reflects that it is every child's right to grow up safe; healthy; enjoying and achieving; making a position contribution; and with economic well-being. Find out more about the EYFS here;



Meet The Team

Little Explorers Hythe is owned and managed by two experienced, qualified teachers. Between us we have over 20 years of teaching experience in a fast paced and growing local primary school. Our passion is Early Years! We are determined to provide the best childcare in Shepway.


Nicola Pochin

Managing Director

 With over 10 years of teaching experience, I am committed to creating an outstanding nursery for the community of Hythe. With our proven ideas and new exciting initiatives, we strive to make a difference. Our nursery is an exciting place to learn, develop and work. Our doors are open to all children. 


Sara Troke

Deputy Room Leader/Nursery Practitioner

Sara has a CACHE level 3 qualification in childcare and has a wealth of experience working particularly with babies. Sara is our Deputy Room Leader for all rooms.  Sara is particularly keen to ensure that parents feel happy and confident to leave their children in our care.  


Tracey Johnson

Nursery Practitioner

Tracey is a level 3 practitioner with 20 years experience of working with children. Tracey has previously worked as a room leader in a nursery and has experience of caring for both children and the elderly.

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Grace Guiver

Baby Room Leader - maternity leave

Grace is level 3 Room Leader for the baby and toddler rooms. She has a wealth of experience from working at a large Busy Bee's nursery leading a baby room. She is particularly interested in making sure that babies within our care feel comfortable and follow their routine. 


Nicky Baker

Pre-School Room Leader

​Nicky is a Level 3 Room Leader of one of our pre-school rooms. Nicky has a very wide range of experience, from being a SENCo to a manager at previous settings. Nicky has a particular in books and storytime, and enjoys incorporating the use of numbers in children's play.

Gosia Stelmaszewska

Nursery Practitioner

Gosia is a qualified teacher who has a wealth of experience in planning age appropriate activities. Gosia has a good understanding of different languages, including Polish and Russian and has a passionate for in-cooperating culture into her teaching. 

Mollie Waugh

Nursery Practitioner

Mollie has a Level 2 qualification in Childcare, and is currently completing her Level 3 qualification. Mollie enjoys supporting children with role play and reading stories.

Olivia Whitehead

Nursery Practitioner

Olivia has a Level 3 qualification in the Early Years Workforce, and is currently completing a childcare degree at university. Olivia works part-time and supports the children across all our rooms. Olivia particularly enjoys creating construction activities.

Paige Miller

Nursery Apprentice

Paige is completing an apprenticeship with us, and is very eager to learn. Paige has a particular interest in supporting children SEND, and enjoys engaging in messy play activities.

Corinne Simpson

Nursery Practitioner 

Corinne is currently completing her Level 3 qualification with us. She has experience working with school age children, and has a particular passion for supporting children with additional needs.

Natalie Richards

Nursery Practitioner 

Natalie has a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. Natalie works part-time and supports the children across all our rooms. Natalie enjoys spending time in the garden.

Clem Whitehead

Nursery Practitioner 

Clem has a Level 3 qualification in the Early Years Workforce, and is currently completing a childcare degree at university. Clem works part-time and supports the children across all our rooms. Clem likes exploring mark making.


Georgie Culshaw

Managing Director

My experience managing a local primary school nursery and foundation department inspired my decision to work with Nicola to create a new nursery in Hythe. We strive to provide the best possible childcare for every child and family whilst also creating a fantastic environment for staff to work, learn and grow together.


Bethan Griggs

Nursery Practitioner

Bethan has just completed a degree in Early childhood education and care at Christchurch University.  She has worked with a variety of ages of children from nursery to primary school. Bethan is particularly interested in working with children with SEND. 


Kirsty Light

Nursery Practitioner

Kirsty has an Level 3 Playworker qualification.  Kirsty has over 10 years of experience working with children of all ages, and specific experience working with children with SEND. Kirsty has a particular interest in using Makaton.


Paula Bateman

Nursery Practitioner

Paula is a level 3 practitioner. She has a wealth of experience, working in childcare in nurseries and as a nanny for over 15 years. Paula is passionate about making a difference and is particularly interested in phonics and supporting children with early reading and writing. 


Lilly Taylor

Baby room leader - maternity cover

Lilly is a level 3 practitioner. She loves singing and dancing with the children.  You will often find Lilly joining in with the children's imaginative games, especially in the garden. 


Bethany Dempsey

Nursery Practitioner and SENCo

Beth is a level 3 practitioner. She is a calm and passionate member of our team with an interest in additional needs and how best to support children. Beth is our nursery SENCo so please feel free to ask her any questions if you have any concerns about your child. 


Hayley Carden

Nursery Practitioner

Hayley has a level 3 qualification in Children and Young Peoples' Workforce.  She works with all the different ages of children, covering lunches for staff members. Hayley has a passion for encouraging children to have healthy lunches and has introduced real plates and cutlery at lunchtimes.  


Emily Kendall

Nursery Practitioner - Maternity Leave

Emily has a Level 3 qualification in Children's care, learning and development. Emily has a particular passion for children learning outside, and enjoys creating messy play activities.


Lynette Marshall

Office Leader

Netty is our office leader, who is responsible for organising invoices, holidays and liaising with parents regarding their children's hours at nursery. Netty has previous experience of working in primary schools and nurseries. 


Georgia Hughes

Nursery Practitioner 

Georgia is currently in the process of finishing her degree at university. She is studying Early Childhood Studies and Special Educational Needs. Georgia has experience working with a play therapist and is always willing to help others.


Alice Clarke

Nursery Practitioner 

Alice has many years experience working with babies and under twos.  She holds a level 3 childcare qualification.  Alice is particularly passionate about giving children additional support so that they can meet their milestones and finds this part of the job very rewarding. 


Join Our Team

At Little Explorers Hythe we are always keen to hear from individuals who have;


  • A great passion for supporting children to develop

  • Good communication skills and who able to work as part of a team 

  • A sense of humour, common sense and a ‘can do’ attitude!

  • Lots of drive, ambition and energy!

  • Determination, persistence and resilience, who approach and overcome challenges with a positive attitude

  • 2 years experience working in early years and that holds a level 3 childcare qualification


Please contact us for further details. 


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