Covering areas: Bexley, Bexleyheath, Abbey Wood, Barnehurst, Belvedere, Danson Park, Erith, Northumberland Heath, Plumstead, Thamesmead, & Welling

Tel: 01322 431045 75 Woolwich Road, London, SE2 0DY (Map)

Latest News & Events

Dancing & Spanish - FREE!

We are very pleased to announce that we are now offering dance lessons for free...just as we do with the Spanish lessons! This is in line with our inclusion ethos...one of our central missions. Dance is not just an art form, it provides important physical activity…

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5* Food & Hygiene

We have been awarded our 5* Food & Hygiene rating again recently. The Inspector said that we demonstrated best practice and even took photographs to show to other establishments. Well done Tracey!

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Staff

The Crofts' staff are all highly trained and qualified in caring for children. The nursery’s staff are commended by Ofsted and Bexley's Early Year's Team for their effectiveness in developing and supporting children’s learning.

In order to maintain this level of quality, childcare standards and performance are continually monitored and all staff have the opportunity to participate in continual professional development and training throughout the year. Our turnover of staff is extremely low, which we believe is inspired by our commitment to the staff team and a programme of continuous professional development.

We recognise that childcare is a demanding and staff are supported in many ways. We have policies that ensure staff have time out of their rooms for planning and staff are actively encouraged to seek assistance at any time. Regular team meetings and training sessions further promote a feeling of team spirit and encourage staff to feel proud of the important role they play in your child’s development.

 

 

Meet the Team...

Management

Annabel

Head of Room - Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2015

Annabel is an experienced professional with a background immersed in early years and has an NVQ level 5 diploma in early years child care. The Croft Day Nursery is truly fortunate to have such a capable and committed Early Years Practitioner and Manager. No detail is too small to escape Annabel’s keen eye and experienced childcare mind. She loves to help the children achieve their goals and believes that every child deserves a happy childhood. When working with children she loves to see them laughing and happy, this makes her feel that the she and the children are in the right environment.

At home, she adores spending time with her family and friends, as well as brushing up on nursery best practice.

 

Jenni & Jo

Co-Deputy Managers

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Hedgehogs Room (Age: 3 months - 24 months) Younger Cohort

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Jenni

Co-Deputy Manager & Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2003

Jenni attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care in 2008, she loves being with the younger cohort in the 3 months to 24 months age group. Jenni guides her team to generate an supportive environment for the babies during their earliest stages of development.

 

Sofia

Deputy Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2014

Sofia started with us having attained her NVQ level 2 diploma in early years child care and gained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care whilst working with us at The Croft. Sofia has excellent empathy and skills with the younger cohort in the 3 months to 24 months age group.

 

Bobby-Jane

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2017

Bobby-Jane is currently progressing with her NVQ level 2 diploma in early years child care. She is committed and passionate about working with children and takes great pride in helping the children achieve new skills.

 

Squirrels Room (Age: 1 - 2 years)

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Carly

Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2014

Carly is a dedicated Early Years Practitioner and achieved her Level 3 in 2009. She has worked hard to reach her current post and Carly and her team create an enchanting environment for the older cohort group in our 8 month to 27 month old children which stimulates and develops their young minds and inquisitive nature.

 

Sophia

Deputy Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2014

Sophia started out as an apprentice in 2014, attained her NVQ level 2 in 2015 and subsequently attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care whilst working with us at The Croft. She is committed and passionate about working with children and takes great pride in helping the children achieve new skills.

 

Afet

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2018

Afet is currently progressing with her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care. She is committed and passionate about working with children and takes great pride in helping the children achieve new skills.

Badgers Room (Age: 2 - 3 years)

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Jo

Co-Deputy Manager &

Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2000

Jo achieved her NNEB/CACHE Diploma in 1999. A committed Early Years Educator, she loves being with the 2 – 3 year olds and heading up the Badgers Room team. Jo guides her team to generate an engaging environment which helps develop the children’s burgeoning independence and key skills.

Jo recently celebrated 17 years at The Croft and it has been wonderful to see her career progress over that time.

 

Laura

Deputy Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2012

Laura started out as an apprentice in 2012, attained her NVQ level 2 in 2013 and subsequently attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care whilst working with us at The Croft. As Laura loves all things natural, we sent her on a Forest School training programme and is now qualified to run our Forest School and Nature School sessions.

 

Lucy

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2012

Lucy has attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care. Lucy is our designated person for running the 2 year progress checks. She is committed and passionate about working with children and takes great pride in helping the children achieve new skills.

 

Jade

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2018

Jade has attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care.  A hard working, enthusiastic and compassionate individual with vast experience working with children of Early Years. She enjoys musicals and dance and is actively involved with charity work such as ‘Christian Aid’ and ‘Race For Life’.

Owls Room (Age: 3 - 5 years)

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Margaret

Head of Room – Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2017

Margaret achieved her NNEB/CACHE Level 4 Diploma in 2008. She has worked in childcare for over 30 years and has a vast knowledge childcare practice. A committed Early Years Educator, she loves being with the Preschool. She and her team ably prepare the pre-school children for going to school by reinforcing their key skills and growing independence.

 

Hayley

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2015

Hayley has attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care. Whilst she has worked with children of all ages, she especially loves working with the Preschool children.

 

Abbie

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2013

Abbie started with us having attained her NVQ level 2 diploma in early years child care and gained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care whilst working with us at The Croft.

 

Grace

Early Years Educator

Worked with The Croft since: 2016

Grace started out as an apprentice in 2016, attained her NVQ level 2 in 2016 and subsequently attained her NVQ level 3 diploma in early years child care whilst working with us at The Croft. She has spent time with all of the age groups during her career and has loved each one, but she really has an affinity with this age group.

 

Support Staff

Tracey

Chef du jour

Worked with The Croft since: 2004

The driving force behind our 5* rating.

Tracey has been The Croft cook for 14 years, she came into the The Croft by chance but 14 years later she is still here and she loves working here. Tracey produces all of the menu's to provide healthy, balanced, freshly prepared and yummy meals - individually designed around specific dietary requirements. Tracey runs a tight ship and a spotless kitchen!

Tracey says…

“A lot has changed since I started at The Croft, I have lots of allergens to sort out but it really can be quite interesting whether it's a milk allergy or wheat we try to have fun with it! Thats what I love about The Croft.

We have a real family feel about the nursery which I have always loved, although which family member that makes me I dread to think…..’kitchen hobbit’ comes to mind!!! (love the book)

The children are what I love about the job, always ready to try new foods and when they like something new it makes me smile (not a frowny face which give you wrinkles!)

When I'm not in work i still enjoy cooking with my husband, at the moment it's making heart healthy recipes, you will often see me walking my chocolate lab and if it's not the dog I'm walking it is my husband!!!! Also we enjoy a good day-out, houses, gardens, etc and after a long day we often read (I like the classics and poetry) of course a good cookbook is in there too! Last but not least I really love being married to the real Father Christmas!! (well The Croft one anyway - but keep it quiet, it’s a secret)”

 

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