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About Woodpeckers

Woodpeckers is a registered charity (number 1064941.)  We are not funded by Kent County Council and must be self-supporting.

Fundraising is therefore very important to support the nursery.  We hold regular cake sales, tombolas, fairs and sponsored events.  All ideas and offers of volunteer support to help run events is always appreciated.

As a registered charity, Woodpeckers is governed and administered by a committee of parents and teachers.  We have a close friendship with Bridge and Patrixbourne CEP School.  Advice is always available to Nursery Staff for input on our carefully structured curriculum.

Although the Nursery is on Bridge School site, entry to the School is not automatic.  Parents are advised to visit the school of their choice and register the child through the Kent County Council application process.  If you are unsure about this process, or which schools are available,  please do not hesitate to ask one of the team.

As the nursery is part of the School site parents are asked to recognise the importance of, and abide by the School site rules where they apply. This is particularly necessary when bringing and collecting your child. For the safety of all children parents and carers may not bring cars on to the site or park on the drive at any time. The road that leads down to Bridge School and Woodpeckers Nursery is a private road. Parking is available in surrounding roads around the village.

All children must be brought in to the nursery and handed over to the care of nursery staff inside the Nursery.  If your child is being collected early or by anyone other than yourself, please inform the nursery beforehand, preferably in writing

Our History

Early in 1996 the very successful After School Club at Bridge & Patrixbourne School was able to expand its premises. This meant that the building would be greatly improved and also vacant during the day. It was therefore decided to open a Nursery.

The Nursery then went into partnership with the After School Club and Playscheme in August 2002 to form a building committee Bridge Childcare Centre who became the owners and are in charge of the building and its maintenance. They managed to secure funding for a new building that replaced the old one.
In September 2018 the Bridge After School Club Closed . Bridge and Patrixbourne school opened their own breakfast and after school club within the school grounds and Woodpeckers retained sole use of the building throughout the day.

The Nursery Committtee began a complete renovation of the building over the summer of 2018 both inside and outside of the building and now have excellent, spacious facilities for all children aged 2 to pre-school. This includes wet/dry area for “messy” play, a dedicated area for our younger children, purpose-built toilet facilities including a nappy changing area, kitchen and a small fenced astro-turfed area at the rear of the building for safe outdoor play. Over the October half term holiday 2020 the children’s toilet facilities have also been updated finishing off a refurbishment of almost £50,000!