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About Us

Hythe Bay Children's Centre Staff team describe our nursery as
'a nurturing and safe place for all children to grow, learn, laugh and become independent learners'.

Scroll down to see what parents have said about us.
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Our Background

Hythe Bay Nursery is a Trustee run setting providing a wide range of facilities for the care and development of children aged 3 months to 5 years. The setting has charity status and therefore is a self-funding, not-for-profit organisation, providing high quality provision at an affordable price for parents and carers. The all year round rooms (Sea, Farm and Garden rooms) and our term time only room (Safari room) are located via the main school entrance, leading out to an extensive outdoor play area which is enjoyed by children of all rooms. The beach, canal, park and shops are within easy walking distance providing excellent everyday learning opportunities to extend and develop all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage: Personal Social and Emotional Development, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Mathematics, Literacy, Expressive Arts and Design and Understanding the World. Hythe Bay Nursery achieved the Early Years Education for Sustainable Development Award reaching the highest grade of “Excellent” in April 2023.

Our Staff

We have a team of highly qualified staff to care for and educate children, led by our manager, who has qualified teacher status and early years teacher status, and our deputy manager, who is a qualified teacher too. Our experienced staff memberhave excellent knowledge and skills for supporting all children to grow and learn, including children with additional needs and disabilities. Our staff members work in partnerships with professionals, such as speech and language therapists, primary school teachers, specialist teachers, equality and inclusion team members, occupational therapists and physiotherapists, Our staff receive regular training in-house, on courses and via apprenticeships. Training courses our staff attend regularly include: safeguarding in education, the prevent duty, GDPR, paediatric first aid, food allergy and intolerance, health and safety at work, positive behaviour management, supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities and Additional Educational Needs, and global action for sustainable development. 


Our Environment

The nursery rooms have a light airy, open plan environment with a neutral theme to promote a welcoming and communication-friendly space. Staff members provide children with fun activities and a stimulating environment to enable children to learn and progress. Our children are provided with healthy meals throughout the day, cooked in our kitchen by our qualified cook, at no extra charge. Our cook caters for allergies and dietary restrictions, We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people.  We pride ourselves on our fully inclusive environment offering easy access and disabled facilities, including disabled parking and dropped curbs. We will make appropriate adjustments to our environment and practice to ensure each child is included and able to flourish,

Parent Testimonials

Don't just take our word for it, read our parent testimonials, reviews and recommendations below.


Other Services

Hythe Bay Church of England Primary school and Out of School Clubs are on the same site, sharing facilities and offering children a wealth of warm, consistent, high quality care with the opportunity to learn through a play based curriculum and to be treated as individuals.

Hythe Bay Nursery and Out of School Club on the Kent Directory

Our latest Ofsted Report

Parent Testimonials

Parent Testimonials

Hythe Bay Nursery Parents Questionnaire Responses January 2024

What do you like best about our nursery?

  • Hythe Bay Nursery provides my daughter with a lovely, safe and fun learning environment. The staff are brilliant, really friendly and both myself and my child are very happy.

  • The staff are wonderful and genuinely care for our girls which we love.

  • The staff are amazing and make it the place it is.

  • Really appreciate the feedback and child development plans.

  • Great variety of activities.

  • How friendly and helpful everyone is, and that the staff really care about the children. 

  • How open the space is rather than enclosed smaller rooms.

  • All of the adults in pre-school room know the children really well and give lots of feedback at the end of the day. You can really tell they care about the children and their development. 

  • The communication is fantastic, we always get a good update when we pick up and we love the feedback page and parents app to remind me of events. 

  • Continue to update on ParentZone, I love seeing what my child has done. 

  • Feels nice. My Child is in good, safe hands. He is learning all of the time. 

  • The setting is clean and tidy. The staff are lovely and knowledgeable. Communication is great. My child is happy and develops well.

  • Lovely facilities, staff and activities. My child loves going. 

  • Everyone is friendly, my child is happy there. Her confidence has grown a lot, 

  • My child always seems to be learning whilst she plays. She has been supported in developing her social skills.

  • Nursery staff are very caring and understanding, very helpful. Children get to experience a variety of topics to learn in a lot of different ways.

  • Calm; clean; fantastic staff; always made to feel welcomed and given lots of detail of our child's day. Karla always replies to my inquiries. The nursery feels like home from home.

  • I like that my child has a hot meal.

  • Arts, craft/different activities to do at home. Love the regular photos via the app. 

  • Updates on my child and photos.

  • The staff.

  • That I can speak to our key person regarding my child.

  • The relationship our key person makes with children. Our key person really knows how to handle my child's meltdowns. All are happy and greet the children lovely. 

  • All staff are helpful, kind and caring. I know our children are always having fun and are being well looked after. 

  • Caring approach, child centred thinking. Fun!

  • The baby room get to know the children really well and my child cheers when we arrive in the mornings, so he's definitely happy at Hythe Bay, which is what we like best! Pragmatic staff who communicate well is also really appreciated. 

  • I like the key person approach and the environment with the fresh cooked meals. 

  • The open plan environment and the outdoor space as well as learning toys.

  • The staff, the environment, the ethos.

  • The openness/kindness to listening to me/my concerns as a first time parent.

Hythe Bay Nursery Parents Questionnaire Responses January 2024

Positive comments from the comments boxes:

  • We would like to take the opportunity to say a huge thank you to all staff for creating a calm, safe and fun environment where our child has thrived. We appreciated the love and hard work that you all put in to the nursery.

  • The best nursery!

  • Your nursery is amazing because it's a place where the children get to learn, play and make new friends. That's always a recipe for fun and growth.

  • We are super happy about everything. Not sure if I can think of any improvements!

  • This is a brilliant nursery and my child loves it there.

  • Happy to see so much use of the outside areas.

  • Can't think of anything you can do better.

  • Keep doing what you do.

  • I like how although there is only one key person, my child know all of the adults in the nursery. 

  • Just keep doing what you are doing.

  • My child highly enjoys nursery and we have never had any issues. 

  • My child comes out happy every time.

  • Very friendly team. 

  • Our keyperson is amazing.


Hythe Bay Nursery Parents Questionnaire Responses January 2023

What do you like best about our nursery?


  • The staff are brilliant, and I feel like they really know my children and can always give me a detailed view of what they have been doing in the day.

  • Staff are very helpful and my child always comes away happy.

  • The variety of activities they get to do, the fact that they also get exposed to children of different ages, and the care of the staff.

  • The staff have a genuine interest in the children and care about their wellbeing. The communication is great with regards to their daily activities, food, sleep, etc.

  • I have liked how friendly and approachable all the staff have been. The nursery has a warm, welcoming and happy atmosphere, which has reassured me during my child’s settling in sessions and first week starting nursery.

  • I know my child loves coming to nursery and adores his key worker.

  • We feel the care provided by staff is excellent. The nursery seems like a calm and nurturing environment. Thank you for EVERYTHING you do.

  • Great staff, creative activities and wonderful environment!

  • Feedback from our key persons is excellent and I know that my children are very happy with their key people.

  • It’s an amazing environment with great staff.

  • How happy it makes our child. Also all the things the lovely staff have taught my child along the way!

  • The staff.

  • Lovely staff that care about the children and get to know them.

  • The multiple activities which are engaging. Safe and nurturing environment.

  • Our child has been flourishing in the nursery – he has really enjoyed the variety of activities, being with his friends and the input the staff give him.

  • Our child is so happy with you. It feels like a family – all staff are caring and welcoming.

  • How you have supported our child to become more confident. Your staff and children are all so welcoming, we couldn’t be happier.

  • The staff are all great and easy to talk to and know the children really well.

  •  ‘The stick insect’, ‘ice cream’, ‘lunch’ – from our child. The staff – my child’s key person and buddy and the rest are excellent. Pick up / drop off times really useful.

  • That we feel comfortable with the team.

  • The kind staff and help with my recent injury.

  • The obvious and genuine care and dedication of the team.

  • You have always been fantastic with our child and she loves coming to preschool. Communications with her key person, particularly around her eating / drinking, has been great and we are so grateful for the way you all support our child. Thank you.

  • Overall experience.

  • Excellent staff. Good routines. Love the use of outside area. Outstanding continuous provision – our child is always eager to retell his learning experiences each day.

  • Its warm and friendly staff. Children are happy at nursery and have lots of opportunities to be independent and expressive.

  • How much we can see our child learning and developing all the time, seeing her happy at the end of the day, getting feedback from the staff.

  • The encouragement of our child’s development and assistance with her meal times as eating has always been a challenge with her.

  • How caring the staff are towards the children, helpful the staff are to parents.

  • Friendly.

  • Our child looks forward to coming to nursery and openly talks about the staff in a positive manner.

  • Friendly people.

Hythe Bay Nursery Parents Questionnaire Responses January 2023

Positive comments from the comments boxes:


  • Our child is always happy to be left and now reaches for his key person when he arrives.

  • Our child always comes home happy and exhausted.

  • Our child is very happy to go to nursery and seems settled.

  • The pictures we receive always look great.

  • Our child is happy and has made progress in his development.

  • We are so happy we choose Hythe Bay for our child.

  • Thank you for all that you do!

  • Each key worker has been amazing!

  • I’ve been very impressed with the nursery.

  • It’s been great for his development.

  • There is a great mix of activities.

  • We are super impressed with the nursery and the staff.

  • Our child is very attached to her key person especially and we like having one main contact.

  • [The nursery staff team are] wonderful, welcoming, friendly and caring.

  • Our child has a wonderful time with such a range of activities.

  • We love seeing photos of what our child has done.

  • Our child loves her key person but is happy with all the staff.

  • We love [the nursery staff team].

  • Fantastic team.

  • [Communication about my child’s development] has improved since last time.

  • Staff are excellent.

  • [The key person approach] is very helpful.

  • Thank you!

  • [Our key person] is a star – thank you.

  • [the nursery staff team is] excellent – all fantastic and helpful.

  • [The nursery activities are] great and varied.

  • [Teaching and learning is] outstanding!

  • Very happy with the overall experience.


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