Where the story began...

Speldhurst Nursery is in the heart of Speldhurst village and has been for many years. I took over the role as owner and manager of our village nursery back in 2010 and it is a privilege to be a part of so many small children's lives. We are a community that cares for each other and has fun together. We enjoy spending time with your children and laughing alongside them as they grow until they are ready to take the next steps off to 'big school'.

 
 
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My background....

I have a Bachelor of Education Hons degree in Early Years Education - for those who know about such things you can work out how old I am by my qualification! I worked in several schools following university before leaving to look after my own babies. After a period at home, I took up childminding, but once my two were toddlers and attending Speldhurst Nursery I had a chat with the owner and asked if she would let me take over once my two were at school. It was a surprise when she said yes!!!! This was the start of 'Mrs Pannell' being in charge, and while things have changed along the way, here I stay at the heart of the nursery spending most days playing and with the British weather, often getting wet.

 
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The Staff....

Many of the staff helped my own children grow into "school ready" young people, and I am thrilled that many have stayed as we have evolved. All of the staff are qualified with a level 2 qualification or above. Whilst this is important, what is far more valuable is their wealth of experience, and the pleasure they get from being a part of your children's lives. Sadly they are a little shy so there are not many photos!

We have a rolling program of staff members holding qualifications in First Aid and Safe Guarding with the majority of us holding a valid certificate. At any one time 8 out of 10 will have a qualification and the others will be about to head off on a course.

 
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Things people say when they visit....

Most people comment on the calm and relaxed feel we have at Speldhurst, I put this down to two main things.... a lovely space to play in, both in the modern hall, and the great garden.it can be a mess but this is where fun has been had and new discoveries made.

Secondly, our wealth of experienced staff, many of whom are are also parents too, all bringing our unique talents.