Threshers Day Nursery is a charity run nursery in the heart of St Mary Cray. It was opened 48 years ago to provide affordable childcare for local families.
We provide high quality childcare for children aged between 12 months and 5 years old and we support the children’s growth and learning, while being in a loving, caring and nurturing environment. We follow the EYFS and keep detailed ‘learning journeys’ about the children, tracking their progress while here at Threshers Day Nursery.
We are open Monday – Friday, 51 weeks of the year from 8am – 6pm. We offer the 15 hours, term time only funded spaces for 2, 3 & 4 year olds, and we also offer the extended 15 hours for 3 & 4 year olds.
We have a very dedicated and friendly team of staff who are qualified in both child care and first aid too.
What’s happened so far…
In 2018 the nursery entered The Bromley Awards competition in the category ‘Best Social Enterprise/Charity’. We had to go along for a panel interview to tell them all about the nursery and the wonderful work that we do with the children. The awards ceremony took place on Friday 30th November 2018, which we went along to, with all of the other entrants to find out if we had won. A big thank you to everyone who has helped us! Guess what happened? We only went and won! We are feeling very proud of ourselves and are still in shock. We have put our award in the office for all to see.
Our ‘Sensory Cabin’ is up and running and going very well indeed. We are able to work on a one to one basis with the children and focus on their individual needs, and help them progress and develop each day. We now also welcome ‘Matt & Amanda’ from Surprise Box, who both previously worked in the Bromley Borough supporting children with additional needs. They come to us with lots of fun games and songs, and they also provide support and learning to the staff team.
Stuart, our football coach, along with one of our Trustees, Simon, comes to the nursery every Tuesday morning and works with the pre-school children. They teach them gross motor skills such as balancing and coordination, like catching and throwing, they also teach them about special awareness and how to share and turn take. We are hoping to be able to bring this activity back to the nursery for our children once it is Covid safe.
We were extremely lucky to be supported by The Wooden Spoon Charity, who are based in Kent. They donated us the money to turn our very tired looking playground into the amazing and lively playground for the children to explore in.
We have been given a wonderful opportunity to work with Bishop Chanoller School in Bromley by using their ‘Forest School’. Previously some of our children had the pleasure of exploring in the woods, digging in the mud, looking for bugs and insects and drinking warm juice around the campfire (it wasn’t lit) with Miss Cotes the forest school teacher, while meeting Twilight the forest school owl (he was a big wooden owl).
Miss Cotes also taught the children how to stay safe in a woodland area, and around a camp fire. It was a lovely experience for the children, and we are pleased to say that this relationship is going very strong.
There are some photos of the forest school in our gallery for you to see.
This Christmas, spirits were low due to the constrictions that are in place in the country and we had to cancel our nativity and Christmas party. However, we was not going to let this ruin the Christmas in the nursery! We held our own Christmas nativity at the nursery which we recorded and sent to parents (with permission of course). We also had a lovely Christmas dinner, big thank you to our cook for providing a delicious meal for us all! Finally, the staff were so dedicated they even dressed up as farther Christmas and all the children recieved a lovely present from the nursery.