Top Kent nurseries and pre-schools celebrated

Nine nurseries and pre-schools from across Kent have been honoured with a prestigious ‘Threads of Success’ Improvement and Achievement Award.threads-of-success

Gillian Cawley, Director Education, Quality and Standards at Kent County Council presented the awards at a recent ceremony in Maidstone.

The Award recognises the commitment to continually improve standards. It requires and enables practitioners to evaluate and reflect on their own practice. This creates continuous improvement in their nursery or pre-school which in turn improves the life chances of Kent’s youngest children.

By using research and a variety of audit tools the Award allows nurseries and pre-schools to prioritise and embed changes that directly impact on children’s learning and development. This year the wide range of research projects covered areas such as; improving the outdoors, maths, transitions, ICT, language and communication.


Jane Nolan, Improvement and Standards Manager for Kent County Council’s Early Years and Childcare service, said:  “The quality of the projects for the 2016 Awards was amazing.  We work closely with the settings throughout the year and are delighted to have given such well-deserved awards. This ultimately means that, through this work, every child attending these nurseries and pre-schools makes good progress to fulfilling their full potential.”

Roger Gough, Cabinet Member for Education at Kent County Council, said: “In order to improve outcomes for young children the quality of nurseries and pre-schools is crucial as it helps to develop children into lifelong learners. Many congratulations to those providers gaining the award by demonstrating high quality practice.”

The nine nurseries and pre-schools are below.

Improvement and Achievement Award Winners 2016
Setting District Level of Award
The Little Shepherd’s Preschool Sevenoaks Developing
Tinkerbells Early Years Swale Establishing
Castle Hill Village Nursery Shepway Enhancing
Chevening School Nursery Sevenoaks Enhancing
Culverstone Green Nursery Gravesham Enhancing
Hadlow Community Preschool Ton & Malling Enhancing
Ladybirds Pre-School Canterbury Enhancing
Sturry Pre-School Canterbury Enhancing
The Old School House (Headcorn) Ltd Maidstone Enhancing


  • The Developing Level is for providers at the beginning of their improvement journey; it lays the foundations for making a change and gets providers used to reflective practice.
  • The Establishing Level builds on this through the introduction of an action research project. It uses a variety of tools to help imbed change and improve outcomes for children.
  • The Enhancing level builds further on this. It is aimed at outstanding providers or those who strive to be outstanding. It is for providers who already demonstrate strong leadership processes and practices and are confident in making further changes to improve outcomes for children.

To find out more about the Improvement and Achievement Award 2017, please visit

Top Kent nurseries and pre-schools celebrated was last modified: October 18th, 2016 by KCCpress