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

 

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;

https://www.gov.uk/early-years-foundation-stage 

 
 

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.

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 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. 

Managing Director

Nicola Pochin

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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 baby in our care.  

Nursery Practioner

Sara Troke

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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.

Nursery Practitioner

Tracey Johnson

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Grace is level 3 Room Leader for the Explorers 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. 

Baby Room Leader

Grace Guiver

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​Nicky is a Level 3 Room Leader of the Investigators room. 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.

Pre-School Room Leader

Nicky Baker

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Kim has a level 3 qualification and loves getting stuck in to messy play.  Kim is very calm with the children and they all seem to love joining in with her games. 

Nursery Practioner

Kimberley Hancock

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Penny is the current room leader of the Adventurers room. She has a degree in Childhood Studies and works with the children in the Adventurers room. Penny has a breadth of experience from previously working as a Teaching Assistant as well as within nurseries and has also worked with much older children. She has a passion for encouraging children's independence.

Pre-School Room Leader

Penny Denne

Gosia is a qualified teacher 

Nursery Practioner

Gosia Stelmaszewska

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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.

Managing Director

Georgie Culshaw

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Jasmine has a Masters degree in Child Development alongside her BSc degree in Psychology and Early Childhood Studies. Jasmine has a breadth of experience working with all age groups of children, and has a particular passion  for providing safe and stimulating environments for children play in, indoors as well as outdoors.

Deputy Manager

Jasmine Nelson

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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.

Nursery Practitioner

Kirsty Light

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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. 

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Paula Bateman

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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. 

Nursery Practioner

Lilly Taylor

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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. 

Nursery Practioner

Bethany Dempsey

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Hayley is a working towards a level 3 qualification.  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.  

Nursery Practioner

Hayley Carden

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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.

Nursery Practitioner

Emily Kendall

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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. 

Office Leader

Lynette Marshall

 

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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