Newnham Court Shopping Village, Bearsted Road, Maidstone ME14 5LH
Pennies is a family-run childcare company, based in Maidstone and offering day nursery, holiday club, breakfast and after-school provision and nannying services across a wide area of south east England.
The company is named after its founder – Penny Scotton – and continues to adhere to her vision of offering; ‘the very best in childcare, learning and fun.’
Developments in Pennies’ provision have gone hand-in-hand with the ethos of the ‘Pennies Family’ within which all children and parents feel involved and have the chance to discuss and shape the care provided.
Their main site opened in 2005, providing facilities of the highest quality and a home for breakfast, after school and holiday clubs.
Fully air-conditioned and equipped throughout with underfloor heating and two fully fitted kitchens, parents describe Newnham Court as 'welcoming'. It is bright, colourful and echoing with the happy sound of children.
The main features of Newnham Court include:
Catering for children from three months to five-years-old.
Separate rooms, arranged by age for nursery age children.
Separate term time only pre-school room.
Extensive garden with grassed areas, large sandpit, play equipment and sheltered areas which support all areas of a child's development.
Meals prepared daily by a trained chef and made with fresh ingredients sourced from local suppliers.
Annual social calendar of events for children and parents.
Popular Kids club catering for children from four to eleven years of age.
Bookable rooms and facilities for conferences and children's activities etc.
The nursery has rooms designed specifically for babies, toddlers and pre-school aged children, along with purpose built provision for PKC kids clubs which cater to children up to the age of 11.
There is a large, secluded garden area with a number of designated areas including a story-telling mound and adventure playground.
Group: Pennies Day Nursery Ltd
Person in charge: Michaela Stone and Laura Ashby (Nursery Managers)
Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council
Number of Staff: 60
Service Offered: Day Nursery (Privately Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care
Total Places for Children: 131
Age Range: from 0 years 3 months to 11 years 0 months
Opening Days: Mon-Fri
Opening Hours: 0730-1830
When Closed: Bank Holidays & Christmas
Fees Guide: 0-2 yrs £64.00 per day, 2-3 yrs £62.00, 3+ yrs £60.00
The Review Score of 9.2 (maximum of 10) for Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.
a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 47 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone in Google's Search Results - more info
b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 4.3 out of 5 from 9 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.
a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.
The Average Rating of 4.808 for Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone is calculated as follows: ( (464 Excellents x 5) + (91 Goods x 4) + (7 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 563 Ratings = 4.808
b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'
The 5 points available are broken down as follows:
4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.
1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.
If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.
The 4.344 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone is based on 9 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:
3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4
Target of 26.2 positive Reviews (131 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 9 Reviews ÷ 26.2 Target = 0.344
When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.
Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone has a Review Score of 9.2 (9.152)
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Claire (Mother of Child) on Saturday 14 April 2018. Relates to April 2018.
My son is now 5 1/2 and attends pkc holiday club, he has attended Pennies since he was 9 months old. As parents, we have found pennies to be a warm and loving nursery and our son has progressed so much during his time here. The staff are a fun loving bunch but still remain professional, I can't thank the staff enough for the care they have given and preparing my son for school!
How likely would you be to recommend Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Keeley (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 10 April 2018. Relates to April 2018.
My daughter has been attending Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone for nearly two years and I am very pleased with the care she receives. Staff plan engaging and age-appropriate activities and provide good feedback on how my child enjoys these activities. Communication with the nursery is excellent. Staff in the rooms, as well as management, take the time to answer questions from parents and management and identify next steps in my child’s development. The social skills the nursery encourage have had a positive impact on my child’s development and she looks forward to attending nursery. Leaving your child is always daunting at first but Pennies made this a smooth experience. Most importantly, my child feels safe at Pennies Day Nursery.
How likely would you be to recommend Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Louisa W (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 3 April 2018. Relates to April 2018.
I immediately liked this nursery and 14 months on I’m still happy. It’s bright, modern and welcoming and the staff have been so understanding.
The rooms are spacious and warm and the outdoor space is safe and fun. They do so many different activities during the day and the artwork we receive is lovely. My daughter loves it there!
How likely would you be to recommend Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone? Extremely Likely
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Emma M (Mother of Child) on Thursday 29 March 2018. Relates to March 2018.
Excellent care for my children.
Great and friendly staff.
I trust all the pennies staff.
The educational experience is excellent.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Hannah (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 28 March 2018. Relates to March 2018.
My son has been going to Pennies since early 2013 when he was 10 months old and my daughter since early 2016. The first thing that impressed me was how the senior team knew all of the children by name, even though it is quite a big nursery, it was such a personal touch. The staff are very professional and very friendly and they care for the children in partnership with parents. They vary the activities the children do, they have lots of messy play and creative things to do, as well as play outside and a computer the little ones can use. They always offer fruit and the meals are varied and healthy. They provide feedback at the end of the day so you're fully informed of their eating and sleeping. They also understand the individual child's needs, for example, my daughter still gets a bit upset when I drop her off and a member of staff who knows her will always give her a cuddle to help her settle.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Gemma H (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 27 March 2018. Relates to March 2018.
Both my 3-year-old daughter and my 1-year-old son attend Pennies preschool and nursery and have always been extremely happy with the care they have provided. The staff at Pennies are always professional, knowledgeable and personable. I always have a full handover from the nursery which includes everything my son has done, and what he has been eating, his general mood and interaction with others. My son is very clingy and the baby care team have been amazing in helping him to adjust to being in nursery. I can’t thank them enough.
The preschool is also outstanding and my daughter has grown far more independent since she has attended, they have given her confidence to dress herself (for PE), use the toilet on her own, speak in front of others on show and tell days etc. I cannot fault the preschool staff they are excellent.
Overall I would not hesitate to recommend Pennies to anyone who is looking for a nursery/preschool where children are able to thrive.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by C B (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 7 February 2018. Relates to January 2018.
My daughter attended Pennies for many years and enjoyed her whole experience. The staff were always friendly and professional. My daughter also attended the after school and holiday club when she was older. She had a fantastic time and the trips they took the children on were fantastic! Highly recommend
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Jodie H (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 31 January 2018. Relates to January 2018.
Our son has attended Newnham Court from the age of six months and is soon approaching his second birthday, during this time my partner and I have been nothing other than impressed with the level of care he receives. He is always very happy to attend and very happy when we collect him in the evening.
We are always given a detailed report of the activities he has done, the food he has eaten and the progress he makes at the end of each day. Staff and management go above and beyond and is clear they are very passionate about the care of the children, our son has a lovely bond with his key person. We couldn't ask for more.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Haylie (Mother of Child) on Monday 18 December 2017. Relates to December 2017.
My daughter joined Pennies, Newnham Court, just before her first birthday. In a little over a month, she has settled really well which I don't doubt is due to the hard work and dedication of the team.
Her key workers and the wider team are genuinely caring and approachable, she loves going and is always sad to leave.
Review submitted from a Postal Card by Hollie K (Mother of Child) on Friday 31 March 2017. Relates to March 2017.
My son attends pre-school at Pennies and loves it. The staff have made it like home from home for him. He is coming home each time showing me new things he has learnt. I will be very sad when he leaves to start school and I know he will really miss the staff and his friends.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Judda L (Father of Child) on Friday 24 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My little one attends Breakfast, After school and Holiday clubs at Pennies Kids Club and she always enjoys her time at PKC.
Staffs at PKC are excellent and caring.
Facility and activity are excellent.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Paul D (Father of Child) on Wednesday 22 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
Pennies Day Nursery Newnham Court is where we've chosen to send all three of our darlings over the last 4 to 5 years. Each starting aged 12 to 18 months for approx. 1 to 2 days per week.
Overall we are very happy with the staff, facilities and care and will continue to send our children until starting school. We also found the after school pick-up and holiday club activities a great way for the children to spend some extra time with friends having fun after school and during half term/summer months. The friendships children make at Pennies with other children has endured both at school and after school clubs.
We've found the care to be excellent and wanted all three of ours to have the same opportunity, experience and believe all three have been given that even if for just 1 or 2 days per week.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Cristina G (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
I cannot talk highly of Pennie's staff and the facility. I am a first-time mum who had to return to work so leaving my 1-year-old in a nursery was a very hard and emotional process. The staff made the transition so easy for both myself and my daughter, making sure I am informed about how she is doing during the day, taking pictures and videos and sharing them with me on their private portal but also offering my daughter the cuddles and comfort when she was upset and unsettled. I found them to be loving, caring and most of all nonjudgmental and supportive. My daughter is learning things I would not be able to teach and she is becoming more confident every single day she spends at Pennies. I am very pleased with her evolution and progress so far and I would not hesitate to recommend Pennies to other mums.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Zoe (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My daughter loves this nursery and as a parent, it's so comforting seeing her run in, in the morning excited and not want to leave because she has so much fun. I'm very impressed with the range of activities carried out, the communication of progress of development, the great variety of food, the pictures on Tapestry and the care of all the key workers. I would highly recommend. I haven't a bad word to say in the 7 months my daughter has been there.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Kirsty B (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My son started at Pennies in Jan 2017. Our tour of the nursery prior to him starting went above and beyond what we were expecting. We are very happy with his progress and the staff are welcoming and friendly.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Gemma B (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My second child is currently attending Pennies. He has just turned 3 and has been there since he was 10 months old. For both of my children (both very different in character) I have found Pennies as an excellent nursery. My children have been very happy there and has thrived working with the positive and committed staff. The staff are always cheerful, helpful and reassuring and as a result, my children both settled quickly (despite only attending a day a week). The Tapestry updates are excellent and being able to receive photographs and videos of the children in the setting is wonderful and clearly show the progress made through the nursery planned and varied activities. I could not ask for more from a nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Liv (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My daughter has been at Pennies for 3 years and we cannot recommend it highly enough. Fantastic facilities and leaning opportunities but most importantly the staff are fantastic and show such care and attention to all the children. The management are always approachable and accommodating too.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Josephine (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My son has been coming to Pennies one day a week since Aug last year. He settled in very quickly and has always been welcomed and comforted by the wonderful girls in his room. Their passion for child care is reflected in their practice and I am pleased to see my son has thrived since starting. He has become even more confident in such a short time and has particularly come on in his speech. I enjoy receiving regular updates alongside photographs and even videos of the activities on 'Tapestry'. We as a family have enjoyed various open mornings as stay and play sessions at the weekends and have been invited to tea parties at the nursery for special events like Mother's Day or Christmas which is lovely to be able to do. The managers of the nursery are approachable, always happy to help and are accommodating and understanding of families needs.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sophie V (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My two-year-old daughter comes to Pennies 5 days a week and loves it. It's a really friendly setting and the nursery staff are all smiley, helpful and engaged. The fact that it is purpose built means the rooms are well sized with good natural light and there is a great outdoor play area. My only criticism is that it's not possible to free-flow out to the garden from all the rooms. Also, although the food seems to be very good quality, I would prefer if it were slightly healthier (eg no cheerios for breakfast and only fruit or plain yoghurt for pudding). In the grand scheme of things these are minor complaints and overall I am delighted that we found such a great nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by DB (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My daughter has been at Pennies for 6 months starting when she was 10 months old. I am thrilled with her progress there, the staff are lovely and the facilities are fab. I really like the updates we get from Tapestry. It helps me to keep in touch with her time at nursery and it's wonderful to see what she gets up to!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Paula S (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My daughter has been going to Pennies since September 2016, she settled in extremely well and I now have trouble getting her to leave as she has made great friends and enjoys all activities especially the large outside area. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful and are easy to approach. It really is a great nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Ben C (Father of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to February 2017.
My son is now 3 and has been going to Pennies since he turned 1, for 2 days per week. He has his moments of not wanting to go sometimes (not very often) but we know once we get him there he changes his mind very quickly. He loves the staff, and there are a few really special members of staff that really set this nursery above all others.
The setting is great for learning and fun activities and the staff genuinely seem to care about our son and I'm sure all the other children there.
We travel a fair distance to keep him at this nursery since moving recently but its worth it. We have also already signed up for our little princess to start when she's 1!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by alyx h (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 8 February 2017. Relates to January 2017.
I'm very happy with the care that my child is provided by the team at Pennies Nursery. My child always comes home and sleeps for a good couple of hours which to me is a good sign that he's had a lot of fun.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Rebecca N (Mother of Child) on Thursday 2 February 2017. Relates to January 2017.
Highly recommend Pennies to anyone looking for a nursery for their children. We visited lots of nurseries in the area when deciding on childcare for our daughter and Pennies was by far our first choice- brilliant, engaging, highly qualified staff, lovely spacious, bright, clean environment with great outdoor space with a huge variety of fun and educational activities on offer. Our daughter started at Pennies at 9 months and after a home visit and settling in sessions I felt comfortable and confident that she was in brilliant hands and felt fully supported during the first few weeks of settling her in. She has flourished enormously during her time there and absolutely loves it, as does our youngest who now also attends. Cannot recommend highly enough. Thank you
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Katie S (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 1 February 2017. Relates to January 2017.
I have two children at Pennies Nursery and have used the nursery for 6 years now, my son has been there from 9 months old and now attends PKC the after school club.
My daughter has been attending since she was 5 months and has now joined the Term Time Only room which she loves.
The staff are very caring, the food that is provided is very healthy and there is a wide variety so the children do not keep having the same dinners every week.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by JJ N (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 31 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
Both myself and my husband love Pennies Nursery, so much so that we have requested extra sessions.
Our Son has always had separation issues but the nursery made me and him feel at ease. Within a few weeks, our son was quite happy to watch us leave whole eating his breakfast. He has been attending for about 6 months and does still occasionally get upset but the staff at Pennies are quick to distract him.
Our son is so much more confident for attending Pennies. The staff communication is excellent and I hope Pennies will see him through until he goes to School!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Angela D (Mother of Child) on Sunday 29 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
Before my daughter started at Pennies (Newnham Court) I looked at a number of nurseries in both Maidstone and Kings Hill, however, Pennies stood out above the rest. My babysitter used to work for Pennies and she spoke very highly of them, as do other parents that I have met who have children there.
My daughter attends four mornings a week. She thoroughly enjoys it, has made friends and her social skills have come on enormously.
Staff are patient, friendly and supportive. They were wonderful about settling her in and were always available if I had any questions. Drop off is easy, there is plenty of parking outside the main door and an electronic key to get through into the foyer. The buzzer is answered quickly and it helps ensure that I have a stress free start to the day.
I have total confidence in Pennies and I feel very lucky to have such a good child care provider who I completely trust to look after my daughter. I will be very sad when she leaves for school in September.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by D H (Mother of Child) on Friday 27 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My little girl has been coming to Pennies from the age of 6 months. She will soon be 2 and she still gets excited when we pull up outside the doors in the morning. All the staff we have had dealings with have been excellent in taking the time to get to know her and It makes it easier as a parent to leave knowing she is very content in her surroundings. Great attention is taken to relay information at the end of the day and I really like the tapestry online link which updates me on some of her daily activities from the week along with photos. Many thanks, Pennies.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Tricia F (Mother of Child) on Friday 27 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My child has been attending this nursery some time now and my husband and I are extremely happy with his development.
The staff and especially his key worker are so helpful, always available to chat and are working with us on a plan for our child.
I am very happy and grateful to Pennies!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Caroline P (Mother of Child) on Thursday 26 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My daughter has been coming to this nursery since just before her 1st Birthday. She is now turning 4. Pennies Nursery is by far the best nursery I have ever seen!
From the amazing staff who work there providing amazing care, to the wonderful atmosphere throughout the nursery, it's amazing!
Each day I get an in detail talk about what my daughter has eaten and done, the food they offer sounds delicious and full of variety. I get regular 'Tapestry' notifications with videos of my daughter and learning progress etc, which is great to watch!
I couldn't rate this nursery enough!
As a full time working mum, I drop my daughter off at 7:30 and collect her at 6 o'clock and she has always had the most amazing day and can't wait to tell me everything she has done.
Anyone looking for a great nursery which offers it all, Pennies is where to go!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sarah C (Mother of Child) on Thursday 26 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
Both my children go to Pennies Newnham Court and have done since they were about 9 months old. My daughter is now 3 years old and my son is 19 months. I cannot fault the team at Pennies and have always been 100% happy with the care my children receive. They both love going to nursery and gain so much from their time there.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sarah R (Mother of Child) on Saturday 21 January 2017. Relates to December 2016.
An outstanding nursery with staff who are genuinely passionate and enthusiastic wanting to offer the best care. I've experienced other nurseries and can say Pennies Newnham Court are ahead of their competition.
There is great communication with parents both in terms of day to day care but longer term development and initiatives.
The management and team are very collaborative and supportive to one another. I wouldn't think twice to recommend.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Becky N (Mother of Child) on Friday 20 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
Pennies is a fantastic nursery, I am very pleased with the care that is given to both my children. They have both thrived with the care and guidance they have been given with their development. I wouldn't hesitate in recommending Pennies to others.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Gemma G (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 18 January 2017. Relates to January 2017.
My son attends this nursery and we couldn't be happier with the care and love he receives every day. My husband and I feel that the nursery has a wonderful mixture of structure and yet all of our views and requests as parents are accommodated in every aspect of our child's care.
The nursery is purpose built which means that every room is perfectly suited to looking after the little ones, appropriate to the age of the room. I am always surprised at well how clean the nursery is kept considering that the kids are often taken outside to the gardens or engaged in messy play (which our son adores!).
The pick up and drop off area is spacious and hassle free although security is tight (as you would expect) with personally answered intercom access for every parent or visitor entry.
I wish it were cheaper but for the facilities and service provided we can't fault this nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sylwia O (Mother of Child) on Monday 1 August 2016. Relates to August 2016.
My son has been in nursery since 6 months old. Only recently from 2.5 till now is full time. He has gained confidence and skills that will help him at school. Fantastic ladies at pre-school has helped him a lot with his speech which was delayed due to different languages used at home. From a frustrated boy now I have a happy child. It will be difficult to say goodbye end of August. We do appreciate all the help and care that was provided through those years.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Claire (Mother of Child) on Tuesday 28 June 2016. Relates to June 2016.
Felt Pennies offered a clean, safe, secure environment for my little one year old when first returning to work. She is now 6 and we now use the kidz club in the holidays as it still provides a fun safe environment, so we have peace of mind at work.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lani W (Mother of Child) on Friday 17 June 2016. Relates to September 2015.
My daughter started here at 8 months old and left at 3 as we moved out of the area. She absolutely loved her time with Pennies and watching her grow and develop was fantastic, some of the routines like making her own breakfast she still does everyday now at home. The staff were always incredibly supportive and positive and took a keen interest in their development though play. Starting her here stood her in good stead for when she moved nursery to a preschool environment. We loved the outside space and how they could all enjoy it without a rota system a lot of nurseries have, this was important for us as our daughter spends most of her day outside. Even now she still talks about pennies (mainly the messy fun, painting her feet and body and running on the paper with her friends!) and still has fond memories of the fun she had with her key person before she left!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Chloe D (Mother of Child) on Friday 11 March 2016. Relates to March 2016.
After having a bad experience and needing to take my daughter out of her first nursery it was really hard for me to put my trust into another nursery but i'm so glad I did with Pennies. I looked around a couple of nursery's and Pennies was by far the best. Its clean, safe (which is of a huge importance to me), purpose built with a lovely garden and plenty of space and toys. The rooms are divided into smaller age gaps which I liked. You can see how well cared for the children are. The meals are good and well balanced as are the activities. I love the tea parties and the themed weeks for Christmas, Easter and Halloween. I think the Tapestry is great so I can log on and see all the observations and photos. The staff are friendly.
Most importantly my daughter is happy, safe, fed and cared for which is all any parent wants.
The only downside is that they wont be able to do the school drop off/pick up/after school club when my daughter goes to school as we are not local to the nursery.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Nick S (Father of Child) on Friday 26 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
Pennies at Newnham Court provide an amazing service for our 14 month old for day care and our 5 year old at Holiday Club. The children love going and we have utmost confidence in the care they receive. We can't recommend them enough.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Sarah D (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 17 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
My son has been attending Pennies 3 days a week since he was 10 months old, he's now 2 1/2 and still loves it! For us the main appeal has been the room structure, children regularly move environments when developmentally ready, the comprehensive provision (all meals prepared on site, nappies etc) and the commitment of the staff, most of whom know my little boys name even if they haven't directly cared for him. The detailed information I get at handover every night is brilliant and provides me with plenty of reassurance, there's also never too much trouble and staff have been supportive of every decision we've made from weaning to potty training which has helped make some potentially tricky phases much easier. The new online record system is lovely to be able to access on a regular basis and see photos and updates. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend Pennies.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Lynsey J (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
Like many parents out there choosing a nursery for your baby can prove difficult. Especially when your returning to work after a year off. The Manager showed us around and we were overwhelmed with the facilities here compared to other nurseries we visited. My partner particularly liked the door protectors on all doors to stop little fingers getting caught and as we work in health and safety this is key for us. My daughter has come on leaps and bounds and I am amazed of the brilliant little toddler she has become. I owe Pennies for the assistance during those tough times and yes it's expensive compared to some but I wouldn't hesitate to go and see for yourself. There are little things which can annoy a parent about a nursery such as old looking toys, snotty noses but it's a nursery and a good one which I would recommend.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by L G (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
My daughter has been at Pennies 3/2 days a week since she was 6 months old and she is now 3 1/2. She has absolutely thrived in the environment they provide. She looks forward to going to nursery and always comes home happy. She has had numerous key workers over the years and all off them have helped her development. Pennies is a quality nursery and I would have no quibble recommending them to any parent.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Louise (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
Having used other nurseries and childcare options in the past, Pennies is by far the best nursery I have been to. My children have the most amazing time there each day (so much so that they sometimes want to go at the weekend too!) and they have made some really good friends. The nursery staff are fantastic - and always have a smile on their faces! A couple of things in particular have always stood out for me about Pennies. First, the way that the management know all of the children's names, stopping to talk to them in the corridors etc and will often be in the rooms helping out. Second, they are very quick to deal with any issues that you raise and never make you feel as though you are causing problems. Even the smallest things are taken very seriously. Third, I get more information about my children from Pennies (daily handovers and regular updates) than I have ever had in other settings. It is clear that the staff spend time getting to know the children's likes and dislikes and that they really try to encourage them to progress in areas where they are struggling. For me this is the sign of a really excellent nursery and I would recommend Pennies without any hesitation. And I am very confident that my little monsters would too!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Darren C (Father of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
I was apprehensive of sending my daughter to nursery at only 1 year old but when we visited Pennies Nursery Newnham it's a very good setup compared to others we have seen. The staff were very welcoming a know how to look after children of all ages. They also monitor the children's abilities helping them to achieve goals set out in the curriculum for your child's age group. My daughter has definitely become more confident being at Pennies so I would recommend them to anyone.
Thanks for all your work!
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Claire (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to January 2016.
My little one started at pennies in Jan 2015 and has flourished in the environment. The staff are fantastic and caring. They are constantly engaged and the meal plans give a really good range. Couldn't ask for a better environment for my little one. Would definitely recommend.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Litty (Mother of Child) on Wednesday 10 February 2016. Relates to February 2016.
A good nursery with excellent staff in the after school clubs. The care in baby rooms has scope for development. Holiday clubs used to be good, my kids loved to go. However, now, the price has increased and the value for money seems even less.
How likely would you be to recommend Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone? Likely
Dominic, Director at Pennies Day Nursery - Newnham Court, Maidstone responded to this review on 24 Feb 2016:
Pennies always takes all review seriously and welcomes feedback positive or negative. Improvements are currently in place for the baby room and other areas to ensure that all our nurseries meet the high standard expected from all Pennies parents along with continued investment in equipment and facilities.
Review submitted from a Website Submission by Kimberly (Mother of Child) on Saturday 15 August 2015. Relates to July 2015.
As the saying goes "you get what you pay for" I feel this applies to Pennies. Out of three local nurseries that were top of our list, we tried the cheapest ones first.. And quickly discovered we were not happy with the environments and care provided.
Then we tried Pennies.. It's now almost 5 years later and can not praise the nursery enough. The building is colourful, fun and well maintained. Management are very accessible and quick to deal with any queries. Staff are friendly, fun and provide great activities for even the youngest babies!
That little bit of extra money has given me a huge amount back in return as I have not once doubted my children are safe and happy whilst I'm working.