ABOUT HORSMONDEN KINDERGARTEN
A Fun Learning Experience
Welcoming children from the age of 2 years, Horsmonden Kindergarten aims to provide a caring, secure, stimulating and happy environment where children can learn to interact with other children and adults on what might be their first venture away from home.
Stimulating play activities help them learn to make friends, develop social skills and enable them to achieve their full potential. We feel that when children are relaxed, safe, valued and having fun it builds their confidence and develops independence making them happier to learn and of course paving the way for their move to school.
Our aim is:
to enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age working closely with parents and carers.
to provide a safe, stimulating and happy environment
to work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families within our community.
The Kindergarten is inspected regularly by Ofsted to assess the quality of its provision.
A full copy of the most recent report can be obtained by speaking to a member of the committee or staff or by visiting Ofsted's website.
MEET THE TEAM
Offering the Support that our Children Need
We have a dedicated team of qualified childcare professionals who manage the day to day running of the Kindergarten.
Supervisors, Tina Walker and Sarah Russell and Deputy Supervisor, Sarah Shepherd manage the wonderful team who work tirelessly to provide a fun and stimulating environment for all of the children to enjoy and learn.
Our staff attend training courses to continue their professional development in the various areas
Supervisor and SENCO
Sarah started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in April 2007. Sarah qualified with a CACHE level 3 Diploma in Pre-School Practice in December 2008. Sarah is very passionate about improving the outcomes for ‘all children’ this is why Sarah decided to further her knowledge and understanding of children with Special Educational Needs and became our SENCO leader in 2008. All children are unique and develop at different stages, that’s why it is so important to identify a child’s needs from an early age so that we can offer support to them and their families, this can only improve a child’s experience and outcomes in life.
Supervisor and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Tina started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in June 1999. Tina qualified with a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood Studies. Tina is interested in supporting and analysing well-being and involvement within the setting. Outdoor exploring and learning is important for children’s well-being and involvement and progression in all areas of learning.
Deputy Supervisor and Designated Safeguarding Lead
Sarah started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in April 2007. Sarah is interested in supporting behaviour management within the Kindergarten. Sarah also looks at how the children’s development and progress are made through the “Progress Tracker”.
Qualified Childcare Practitioner and Deputy SENCO
Hayley started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in Sept 2014. Hayley qualified with a Foundation Degree in Supporting Teaching and Learning in ADD YEAR. Hayley is qualified with a foundation stage of Makaton which helps her in her SENCO role supporting children with additional speech needs.
Qualified Childcare Practitioner
Emma started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in January 2014 shortly after her youngest child started primary school. She obtained her qualification whilst working at the Kindergarten. Emma really enjoys working alongside the children supporting them to reach their personal development goals, and feels the Kindergarten is a wonderful place to achieve this.
Qualified Childcare Practitioner
Amy started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in April 2015. Amy was inspired to study for her qualification after her son attended Kndergarten and loves encouraging confidence and development through play with the children. Amy really enjoys being part of a great team and working in a fantastic environment that supports every child’s needs.
Becky started working at Horsmonden Kindergarten in September 2017. Becky qualified with a CACHE level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce in June 2016. Becky has been involved with Horsmonden Kindergarten since 2014 when her first child attended. Becky was heavy involved with our parents committee before she took over the role as our Administrator. With Becky’s experience of being on our parent committee and her understanding of early years puts her in a perfect position to effectively manage the Administrators role.
Qualified Childcare Practitioner
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We are a registered charity, run by a committee of volunteers.
In addition to the staff, the Kindergarten is run by an elected committee of volunteer parents, who, in consultation with staff, are responsible for all major decision-making.
New members are always welcome, as is any help with fundraising and other events throughout the year.
Without the commitment and support of all our parents, the Kindergarten could no longer continue to flourish.
For more information on our fundraising events or how you can help as a parent/carer, please visit our ‘Fundraising’ page or contact us
With years of experience, we know just what it takes to engage with the children at Horsmonden Kindergarten.
We care for your child in a building specifically designed and built for our needs.
This spaciously designed facility offers an array of naturally-lit internal spaces where different activities are set up daily.
Outside we have a dedicated covered space connected to both classrooms and also access to the well-equipped play area in the recreation ground
"Both of my children settled in really well to Horsmonden Kindergarten, mostly due to the friendly and welcoming staff. They can't wait to go in the mornings and they always come home smiling - Tired, but smiling!"
Katy Arscott | Parent
We are proud to have been awarded the Kent Quality Mark (KQM) in July 2014
Taking part in the KQM has had a fundamental change on how we view our practice, environment and resources. Our project was focused on Physical Development in Early Years for boys.
This project has cemented the relationship between the staff team, parents and children. It has enhanced our practice, enabling the children to explore, take more risks and undertake more challenging, diverse experiences with high levels of confidence and self esteem.
We have a greater understanding of the importance of the link between physical play and behaviour especially when working with boys. The future for Horsmonden Kindergarten looks good. We are indeed very proud of our project and what we have achieved for the children at our setting.