Welcome to the
Thanet Early Years  Project Website



No deposit, no gimmicks,  just

great quality childcare! 










Hand in Hand Nursery has been nominated for the  

Isle of Thanet Gazette Heart of the Community Award

Vote now! 

Votes can be cast by in-paper coupon or by text. Text voting will cost £1.00 per text plus one standard network rate message. Only original voting coupons will be accepted.  See  supplement in the Thanet Gazette on the 21st October 2016 for further details



Please support Hand in Hand Nursery by voting for them





Meeting with Craig Mackinlay MP

at the Copse, Ramsgate



Kim Hammond, Project Manager for Thanet Early Years Project pictured here meeting with Craig Mackinlay MP to discuss the future of PALS and our continued search for funding to keep this amazing service running.



From left to right:  Harry Kemp - TEYP Trustee, Kim Hammond - Project Manager, Craig Mackinlay MP and  Allison Miglorine - Play and Learn Scheme Manager.










 Save our Pals Service!


We are devastated to announce that our award winning community service The Play and Learn Scheme, which has been operating in the Ramsgate and Margate community for over 19 years, is under threat of closure as we have been informed that further funding for this invaluable service has not been allocated by Kent County Council.



After 19 years of supporting the local community and our partners in Social Care, Health and Education, the loss of this service would be a tremendous blow to the families who use our home visiting and drop in services, the agencies who refer families to us and also to the staff employed to work with these vulnerable families. There have been over 1000 referrals to the PALS service.


We are continuing to run this service, which includes offering three morning drop in group sessions each week  throughout the summer holiday period , whilst we search for alternate funding. 



Please help us to retain this vital service.




Whilst we continue to search for alternative funding, we ask for your help:


     Raise the Profile of our fight to keep this service running - we are on

Facebook@TEYP Nurseries and Twitter @ Thanetearlyyear


Contact your local MP, local Councillor or Cabinet Member - tell them how vital PALS is to Thanet.



If you know of any funding sources that we could explorer OR IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A DONATION , please email kim@thanetearlyyears.org with the details



Keep PALS in the Community!





Thank you.







Thanet Early Years Project



Calendar 2016 - 2017 




Term 1 


21st October 2016                         Last day of term              

24 - 28 October   2016                   Half term (term time settings closed)


Term 2


31st October 2016                          All settings and Head Office open


21st December  2016                     Last day of term for term time settings


22nd - 23rd December 2016         Head Office and all year round settings open



24th December to 2nd January 2017 





Term 3


3 January 2017                                 Return  





Please check directly with your nursery manager when your child is due to return to nursery






PALS  new drop in group for Parents/Carers and children under 5 in Margate at the New Life Family Church!




click here for details of our new Margate drop in group




Thanet Early Years Project can now offer bespoke training, including


        • Safeguarding
        • Born to Move
        • Schemas
        • Inclusion
        • Being Two


For all your training needs, contact Kim Hammond on 01843 591200  


email kim@thanetearlyyears.org




  Thanet Early Years Project offers quality childcare in Ramsgate and 15 hours free entitlement per week term time to 3-4 year olds!



Our fees are £4 per hour for 2 years and over and £5 under 2 years old.   We offer a sibling discount, discounts for full time and no registration fee!



click on this link for details of FREE Childcare places for 2 year olds


There are still some spaces available for 3 & 4 year funding and 2 year funding -  For details of available places for your child contact:



Growing Together Childcare Centre, Ramsgate


judged "Outstanding" by Ofsted April 2014 


during summer holiday contact


01843 591200


during term time 

Call 03000 421061  and ask for Karen Sutherland



Hand in Hand Nursery @ Newlands Children's Centre, Ramsgate


judged "Good" by Ofsted October 2015


during summer holiday contact


01843 591200

during term time 

03000 420994 and ask for Vicky Astley



Explorers Nursery @ Priory Children's Centre, Ramsgate


judged "Good" by Ofsted May 2015 


03000 422900 and ask for Emma Prentice



The Children's Nest Nursery, 12/12a School Lane, Ramsgate


Again judged "Good" by Ofsted September 2015


during summer holiday contact


01843 591200



 during term time 

01843 607220 and ask for Mandy Hughes


You will NOT be charged a registration fee

to put your child's name down for a

Thanet Early Years Project nursery!





Thanet Early Years Project (TEYP) is a local voluntary organisation with charitable status. 


Having been established in 1987, the main aims and objectives of TEYP remain unchanged and we continue to provide good quality, affordable childcare and education to children living in areas of socio-economic deprivation.


TEYP operates four full day care nurseries and crèche facilities across Thanet,  all of which provide childcare and education to children from two years up to five years of age.  


In addition, the Hand in Hand Nursery at Newlands Children's Centre,  and the Explorers  Nursery at Priory Children's Centre each house a baby unit offering a warm and caring envrionment for babies under the age of 2 years.      


Our Growing Together Nursery at Newington Children's Centre is now  a term time only,   open plan family environment, allowing the children to free flow between the two rooms and the gardens.  


Furthermore, TEYP also provide sessional creches in various locations around Thanet.  This includes creches at Birchington Children's Centre, Garlinge Children's Centre, Callis Grange Children's Centre, Newington Children's Centre, Newlands Children's Centre and Cliftonville Children's Centre.


Thanet Early Years Project is committed to employing local people and currently employ around 63  people of whom at least 95% live in Thanet.


We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, engage with children and staff in policy and practice development, and proactively encourage feedback.  The welfare of the child is paramount.








- call 01843 591200 or email maria@thanetearlyyears.org for an expression of interest pack. 



 The Food Information Regulation 2014.


A change in legislation relating to allergens found in food comes into place on the 13th December 2014, and Thanet Early Years Project as a childcare provider in England and Wales is required to comply with The Food Information Regulation 2014.  


The Food Standards Agency has identified fourteen allergens present in some foods, which can cause some people to have an allergic reaction after consuming them. This new regulation introduces a requirement for food businesses including childcare providers to give information about the allergenic ingredients used in any foods we provide throughout the day, including snacks and food activities.


In addition to the foods we provide we also provide children with a variety of sensory experiences that are explored through messy play activities. These activities may include: custard, baked beans, spaghetti, jelly, corn flour and homemade play dough. These sensory activities and materials provide children with the opportunity to use all of their senses to explore ideas and concepts that might be too abstract for them to understand without these tactile experiences.


As of the 13th December 2014, we will notify parents/carers  if any of these foods, both at snack times and as part of the children's play experiences, contain any of the fourteen allergens identified by the Food Standards Agency.






Great opportunities for experienced Level 2 Early Years qualified staff to work for the Project - see our vacancies page!



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Schemas in Action

at Thanet Early Years Project

 - the newest Blog from TEYP


 Unsure what a "Schema" is or do you want to find out more about this fascinating subject? Then just click the link below