"We are incredibly delighted with the Hythe Bay nursery. We drive from Folkestone every day, because it’s the best nursery around. Having tested another nursery in Folkestone (for our older daughter) and having comparison to an outstanding nursery in London, we think Hythe Bay scores really highly on several fronts. The staff is brilliant, they know all the children so well (even across rooms) and try so hard to make them feel at home by tailoring activities to what they like, making photo albums of their family, etc. We get a personalised story at the end of the day, no matter which member of staff hands over our daughter. On top of that, the staff is really stable, which means it must be a great environment to work in. Even in the outstanding London nursery there was much more change/turnover. The rooms, even though because of covid we haven’t been able to see much, look bright, clean, with a lot of different toys and play areas. They change things around as well, which we hear through stories, but can also see through the door. The outdoor space is great too and they actually take the children out a lot (both in the garden, as to the local town). The nursery takes part in a Sun Safe Scheme, which is one of the reasons why we decided to start our little on there. We know the nursery really cares about our daughter’s skin and will put sun cream on from the moment UV goes up.
Our daughter is delighted to go (3 days a week), she walks in happily and comes back out happily. She has learned an awful lot at the nursery, and surprised us at home by doing things we didn’t realise she could yet. The nursery really stimulates her and helps her grow.
We would just like to thank the amazing staff at Hythe Bay nursery for creating such a trusted, warm and welcoming and stimulating environment for our daughter. Thank you!"
- Parent review, March 2022
"I wanted to say how happy we are with Hythe Bay and the care my children have received here.
F’s only been attending around a month, and in all honesty after the first settling in sessions I was really concerned how he would adjust to being at a nursery, but the effort and care that was put in by all the staff involved has made such a difference. I know he still cried at drop off, but I feel comfortable that once he’s over that initial upset (which happens even when I leave him with his dad!) that he’s well looked after. Holly clearly cares about the children she looks after, making suggestions of things that may make them more settled and comfortable. I’ve noticed so many changes in him the past month, including new skills which I suspect have been helped along by being in such a lovely environment.
Having sent D to Hythe Bay from the age of 15m through to starting school, I know that this level of care continues throughout and I’ve never been anything less than happy with the nursery. We’ve always experienced staff going over and above to help the boys be happy there. Equally, from an education point of view Dexter was so ready for school and I have no doubt this was due to his experiences at nursery."
- Parent review, March 2022
"Letter of recommendation for Hythe Bay Nursery
My son started at Hythe Bay Nursery in September 2021, in the Garden room for 3 days per week. His Key Workers, both Holley and Danielle have been so supportive and understanding since his start.
Being a first time mum and going back into work full time I was very nervous, however, Holley immediately put me at ease with the initial settling in and getting to know you sessions. She listened to all information given to her and since then, has always followed his home routines as much as possible.
Since starting nursery, my son has absolutely thrived. He is confident, eats well and is so happy to be around other children and adults. In the Garden room, my son completes a range of activities throughout the day from, reading, painting, going outside, on local trips and playing in role play areas. I am aware of all of this through the brilliant lines of communication the nursery has, as well as the positive relationship his Key Workers have developed with both me and my partner.
On pick up at the end of each day, Danielle and Holley will spend time with me discussing the activities he took part in during the day, what he has eaten and how he has slept. This, alongside photos posted on the parent app, allows me to have a snap shot of the activities he does during the day as well as feeling reassured that my child is safe and happy.
I feel extremely valued as a parent of the Nursery community. All staff are extremely supportive. They listen to any concerns I have had and will act immediately following up any outcomes with me. Unfortunately, due to Covid restrictions, the parents have not been able to come in for special events however, the nursery have tried their best to involve us though sharing Christmas videos as well as pictures and artwork.
I am extremely happy with the care that the Nursery, particularly Danielle and Holley have given my son. They really do care about his development and well-being. I would certainly recommend this nursery to others."
- Parent review, March 2022
“My daughter has been at Hythe Bay nursery for two years. The staff were so wonderful at welcoming us and helping her to settle in. She now often runs off to the door without me, so keen to see her friends and the adults. The staff are nurturing and supportive. They give great feedback about the day, helping my daughter to share what she has done. The curriculum is rich, exciting and stimulating. J particularly enjoys the music sessions and exploring the outdoor area. We are so pleased that we chose Hythe Bay nursery, and are thrilled with how J has developed under their care.”
- Parent review, March 2022
"The difference in *** since September is fantastic – in terms of his enjoyment, social skills, language etc. He started at Hythe Bay with a question mark over his speech, but he seems to have achieved so much in a short space of time and I have no concerns personally. ... I really appreciate the time the pre-school staff take at the door to give info about the day e.g. food eaten, general mood, main activities, what he’s done well or not so well. I also appreciate the tips on books, or things you’ve been working on, so that I can do this at home too… I absolutely love that *** is a part of Hythe Bay nursery for this final year." Parent Questionnaire January 2021
"As always, I wanted to say thank you to every single one of you, especially for the way everything is being dealt with during this horrible time. Its very reassuring not only see your little one so happy to get in and to see you all but also seeing him so happy when coming out and fully talking about his day, you are all amazing and do a great job! THANK YOU! So far, and it has been from the end of 2016 that I have had *** in the nursery, then ****, I wouldn't change anything! I couldn't recommend it enough, always there for my children needs and circumstances, amazing team, throughout all these years!" Parent Questionnaire January 2021
"I am extremely pleased with how quickly D has settled in to this wonderful nursery and how he has progressed so far." Parent Questionnaire January 2021
"*** has such a lovely time at nursery, all the staff are brilliant and take such good care of her. Thank you!" Parent COVID-19 questionnaire email, September 2020
"Thank you for your unwavering support for all the children (and parents!) during these uncertain times. You are doing a grand job and it is much appreciated." Parent COVID-19 questionnaire email, September 2020
"We just wanted to say a big thank you for all of your efforts over this difficult period, which we know must have been very hard for all affected. The commitment to the children is outstanding and I know *** really enjoys her time at nursery and looks forward to interacting with all of her little friends and carers. We look forward to things returning to some kind of normality and we just wanted to say a few words of appreciation – we would undoubtably struggle without you all!" Parent email July 2020
"I just wanted to say thanks again for having *** and *** back at nursery. They really enjoyed their first week. I also want to say a big thanks for the staff who lead their bubble as they have done a great job settling them both and I am amazed he is sleeping so well! It is great to see the plan to reopen as normal in September as she has definitely noticed the difference and keeps talking about going back to pre-school! Thanks again as I appreciate it has been a challenging few months." Parent email July 2020
"Thank you for your lovely update it seems you guys are gasping a fab job to keep everyone going." Parent email July 2020
"Thank you so much for a lovely day yesterday [nursery graduation] it was very kind of all of you." Parent email July 2020
"***He really enjoyed yesterday [nursery graduation] and is so excited for his first day back tomorrow" Parent email July 2020
"Many thanks Vicki to yourself and all your staff over the last few months. *** is excited to see you all on Friday" Parent email July 2020
"Thanks you so much for all you have done for *** over the last few years, especially more recently when it has all been very strange for everyone. He has made some good friends among his age group and with the staff." Parent email July 2020
"I just wanted to say THANK YOU so much to you all… Massive shout out to you all, who always go above and beyond and do an amazing job to look after our children and let us go to work knowing that they are in the best hands, with a very professional and caring team, having fun and learning while they are playing. My special mention to Danielle and Chloe, who are both fabulous, thank you for the support and for being so wonderful to *** and ***! They both miss you all and their friends lots and can’t wait to be back. Thanks again!!" Parent email June 2020
"Nothing is more fulfilling than leaving the people you most love in great hands! And seeing that they also enjoy being at Nursery and with their teachers too. It makes so easy to leave them! …Thanks again for everything!" Parent email June 2020
"You are all doing an amazing job! Thanks Vicky and I honestly do appreciate it must be a nightmare having to organise everything and of course the safety of staff and children should always be the priority. This information is really helpful." Parent email June 2020
"Thank you so much for all your concern and all crossed we can get rid of this virus." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thank you for all your care & support" COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Just that it must be such a hard thing to get your head round and will support you as much as we can re changes that have to be made re nursery." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thank you again for everything." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Well done for keeping the nursery going for those children whom really need it." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thankyou to all your staff (in and out of work). Let’s hope this is all over soon," COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"You’ve been great keeping us updated, and hopefully the kids can come back soon as they are really missing being there!" COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thank you for all your support in this time." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Just to say thank you for keeping the regular updates and posts on Facebook" COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"I also wanted to thank you for your ongoing communication and your efforts through the last few months. I do not envy the position any school or nursery is in to be able to implement all that is being asked of you and wanted you to know that I wholly trust your judgement and thank you for all that you are doing to remain a support for so many of us." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thank you very much for all your support and hard work keeping nursery open for those few who need it. It is much appreciated and we couldn't do it without you. x"
"*** cannot wait to get back to Nursery to see his Friends & all the lovely Staff." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Good to hear from you. We miss you all! You’re doing a great job!!" COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"I would like to thank you at Hythe Bay Nursery for your supportive communication during the lock-down. It has been lovely to see staff members on social media and to listen to stories they have read - this has allowed me to keep talking about nursery to *** and hopefully make the transition back into nursery easy for her. Thank you." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"I’d just liked to say well done to you all for dealing with this all very well." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Thank you for your support and caring for *** during the partial closure." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Hope you are well. Thank you for all the communication throughout these bizarre times.
they are missing their teachers and friends and routine :) " COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"Take good care Vicki. Such hard times. Thank you for all your hard work, especially for those that have been reliant on your services." COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"YOUR ALL DOING SUCH AN AMAZING JOB AND ITS HUGELY APPRECIATED BY ALL, BIG WELL DONE <3 REALLY HOPE EVERYONES KEEPING WELL" COVID-19 Questionnaire response May 2020
"He's been attending hythe bay nursery since he was 15 months, they’ve always been great with him and he’s come on so far since being there! The staff are great at keeping me up to date with his progress or any concerns!" Facebook Recommendation January 2020
"Nursery staff have been very supportive of her and have proactively sought to integrate parents and professionals views into her nursery experience. In particular her feeding has come along so much and she really enjoys her food. It is so nice to see her involved in group activities and making friends. We really appreciate her being able to use her wizzybug at nursery and her skills using this have clearly progressed. Her key person is so passionate and enthusiastic and deserves great credit for the progress and enjoyment that she gets from nursery. Many thanks." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"Hythe Bay is the third nursery setting that he has experiences, and he is the most settled here. We've seen such an improvement in his confidence. He's made some lovely friends here and we are so pleased he will be making the transition to Hythe Bay Primary. It's been a great experience for us as parents knowing he's in good hands, as the staff are all so friendly and helpful." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He loves coming to nursery. He's always excited to see his friends and all the staff whom he has formed close bonds with since starting last year. He thoroughly enjoys all activities offered at nursery and cannot wait to tell me all about what he's been up to when I pick him up." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He loves nursery and flourishes in the environment. His use of language and confidence has really developed in recent months and we think he is ready to move up to toddlers in the near future. He really enjoys his food and is so excited to go to nursery and get his breakfast in the mornings that he often doesn't wait for us or his sister!" Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He has developed a lovely bond with his key person. We have been very impressed with the developmental and emotional support he has received from his key person and other nursery staff. He seems to enjoy his days at nursery and it's great that he is offered many different types of play and experiences that are not always possible at home. Would highly recommend this nursery to others." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"Thank you for all your hard work. I know he loves coming to nursery." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"All staff are so welcoming, my girls are incredibly happy and so am I. Thank you for your kind, caring and professional service. We love Hythe Bay Nursery" Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He loves nursery and "wants to stay forever" so couldn't be happier with it." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He does enjoy nursery. As you know he has separation anxiety, so when I drop him off he gets upset but this does not last long and he comes out of nursery very happy. A huge thank you to all the staff for all the support he received and helping him grow." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
`"He really enjoys coming to little nursery and also playing in the big nursery garden. It has been lovely to watch his confidence grow with both adults and children. Thank you for all of your care and support with him and his development." Parent Questionnaire July 2019"
"The staff are warm, friendly and helpful and the settling is like home from home. The children participate in lots of fun activities and trips." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"Thank you for all your help and support - great place and lovely people. She will miss you." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He always appears happy to go to nursery which suggests that he feels safe and stimulated. Staff have been quick to identify any issues and also work with us especially in regards to his problematic sleep. The staff are delightful." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"I find the staff very approachable ... He has come in leaps and bounds since joining ... Hythe Bay is the third setting that he has experienced, and he is the most settled here. We've seen such an improvement in his confidence. He's made some lovely friends here and we are so pleased that he will be making the transition to Hythe Bay Primary. It's been a great experience for us as parents knowing he's in good hands, as the staff are all so friendly and helpful." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"She has only been a few mornings to nursery but she's settled so well, and really enjoys going. I'm very pleased with how flexible the staff have been with offering her the hours we wanted. She's looking forward to starting more hours next year." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"Thank you for everything you do for her. She loves going to nursery and we are happy she is in good hands, she learns a lot." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"We are extremely happy with the nursery, the activities, and the development that we can see both M and M have achieved. The teaching is amazing and the way of learning is too. All the credit to the staff members of course, they are all fabulous!" Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"I can confirm that this is the best nursery comparing where my 3 children have been. My daughter was always happy there. I can also confirm that all the staff have been excellent and made us feel welcome at all times and are open minded and understanding towards other cultures. A big thank you to all the staff... I would definitely recommend Hythe Bay without hesitation." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"She has only been there a short while, we have been welcomed and she is doing fantastic" Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"She has really enjoyed her time at Hythe Bay Little Nursery... I always pick her up to find a great big smile on her face after having a wonderful time. She has spent time with all of you and will really miss you!" Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"The staff are amazing, they have support her all the way through the year. They made us feel welcome when she first started and her confidence has grown so much whilst being at the nursery. Thank you so much, you are all superstars and we will miss you all." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He loves coming to nursery. He's always excited to see his friends and all the staff whom he has formed close bonds with since starting this year. He thoroughly enjoys all activities offered at nursery and cannot wait to tell me all about what he's been up to when I pick him up." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He always appears happy to go to nursery which suggests that he feels safe and stimulated. Staff have been quick to identify any issues and also work with us, especially in regards to his problematic sleep. The staff are delightful." Parent Questionnaire July 2019
"He has only had his settle sessions so far but we couldn’t be happier. From being dropped off kicking and screaming into his old nursery and eventually taking him out, he is now asking to go to Hythe Bay every morning and talking about how much fun he’s had. Thank you very much x" Facebook Recommendation April 2019
"He loves nursery. He is always happy to go and this is clearly obvious in the mornings when he takes himself off for breakfast and isn't interested in saying goodbye! He gets a lot out of nursery - his social skills and enjoyment of play have certainly been positively impacted by the nursery experience. Staff in the baby unit are all fantastic." Parent Feedback February 2019.
"Amazing people, they interact and communicate so nicely with all the kids. Best place around" Facebook Recommendation November 2018
"Everyone at the Hythe Bay Nursery has been amazing to me and S from the toddler room to preschool. S loves and looks forward to going there every session and if he has a bad day, they’ll make sure he settles nicely and always call me to let me know he’s ok. Would absolutely recommend this nursery to anyone" Facebook Recommendation November 2018
"Beautiful atmosphere, I visited the summer open day and was pleasantly surprised at how friendly and happy the children and staff were. So much to keep the little ones occupied, my grandchildren didn’t want to leave. A very impressive place, I would urge anyone with a small child about to go to nursery to view this for themselves." Facebook Recommendation November 2018
“Viewed this nursery in June during an event! Absolutely loved it, both of my children would be attending this nursery if we were closer to Hythe."
Overall Standard: Excellent (5) Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent (5) Learning: Excellent (5) Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent (5) Care: Excellent (5) Activities: Excellent (5) Staff: Excellent (5) Food / Nutrition: Excellent (5) Management: Excellent (5) Cleanliness: Excellent (5) Safeguarding: Excellent (5) How likely would you recommend? Extremely Likely
Day Nursery Review November 2018
‘Thank you to all staff involved with her care and teaching since she has been at little nursery. She has loved being part of it all and I have enjoyed watching her grow in confidence while she has been there’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘He has been coming to Hythe Bay main Nursery since he was 20 months old. He has gained great confidence with all staff, especially his key workers. They have given great feedback on his progress and all the new skills he has learnt along the way. The nursery environment is extremely fun and engaging for all. Everywhere you look there are opportunities to learn. He has had a fantastic time with you all. We will miss you lots as they start their new adventure with Hythe Bay Primary. Thank you for everything’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘My son has enjoyed his time at nursery and loved every minute of it’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘She has thoroughly enjoyed her time at little nursery. All the staff are amazing and caring! They always have fun activities planned and she has a special bond with all of the staff.’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Thanks for the great job you have done him’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Thank you to everybody for all your hard work and patience throughout his time at nursery’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘She has been coming to Hythe Bay Main Nursery since she was 20 months old. I have ALWAYS found the staff very friendly and welcoming, especially her main key workers. They have always given me feedback and she has loved learning and developing her skills and confidence with them. The nursery environment is always very fun and welcoming. Great learning tools everywhere you look, which are engaging for all. Thank you for all your hard work, we will never forget you and miss you all’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Excellent nursery, great helpful staff’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘He has been in the nursery since he was a year old and we feel it has 100% supported his development and helped shape the little boy he is.’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘I think the nursery provides a very professional, caring and fun environment for my child and is very helpful and supportive to parents’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘The staff are very friendly and helpful. Thank you.’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Lovely nursery’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Very happy with the nursery– thank you!’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018
‘Can’t fault the staff and service provided!’ Parent Questionnaire July 2018