I Whether you already live in Faversham or are thinking of moving here, you will soon discover that it is a wonderful place to bring up a young family. Virtually everything is within walking distance and, considering the size of the town, there is an extremely wide range of facilities and activities available for all age groups.
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The town benefits from a good number of nursery schools and playgroups and has a range of well-performing junior schools within reach. The two Children's Centres are open on weekdays throughout the year and offer a schedule of activities for children and parents.
One of our residents is a mum who moved to Faversham in late 2007 with her husband, daughter and pregnant with her son, and she has offered to write of her experiences of what Faversham has to offer young families. Read about her experiences here, and feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org with anything else that you have come across too!
"when we moved to Faversham a couple of years ago, it was primarily to be closer to grandparents for extra support with the children. Little did we know how lucky we were to have found a town so well designed for parents with young children.
Here are a few of the places in town we have found that are ideal for small children":
In the centre of the town you'll find Faversham's excellent swimming complex. Inside, there is a large indoor pool and, next to the Jacuzzi, a separate smaller pool, complete with a dolphin slide for younger children and babies. In summer, the outdoor pools are open all day and house a large swimming pool, a toddler pool with slides and a 'river rapids' area - all surrounded by grass, perfect for sunbathing on. The facilities are well-maintained, clean and spacious. There are family changing rooms complete with baby changing facilities and parents are welcome to bring their buggies pool-side. There is also a café and seating area inside.
Aqua baby classes operate on Thursdays and Fridays from 10:30am to 11:30am, and the pool also offers water confidence classes for toddlers as well as group and individual swimming lessons.
Faversham Library, Newton Road
It is definitely worth making a visit to the library with your young children. They will receive their own library card (from birth) and a reading log - every time they take out a book they will get stickers to add to the log and eventually this will lead to a reading certificate. The children's area in the library is very spacious with a Thomas the Tank Engine train full of books for smaller tots and a range of CD's and DVD's too.
On alternate Tuesday mornings, 10:30am to 10:50am, there is a Bounce and Rhyme session for babies.
Toddler time on Wednesdays, 2pm to 2:30pm for two to five year olds.
Soft Play at the Jubilee Centre
If it's raining, but you want to get out and about with your family, then the soft paly centre makes a good excursion. It's essentially a set of slides, ladders and bridges set over roughly two storeys and is fun for both child and parent. On ground level there is a huge ball pit, various ride-on vehicles (motorbikes, tractors etc.), some play houses and slides. It's great fun and is guaranteed to tire out even the most persistent child. It's also located right next to the café. Don't forget to pack your socks if you want to go on the apparatus!
"We have been to a birthday party at the Soft Play Centre which was great fun."
Tumblers at the Jubilee Centre
As well as the soft play zone, the Jubilee Centre also has an active gymnastics club and toddlers are welcome to attend the tumblers session. Once your toddler starts walking they will love exploring the climbing frames, beams, ladders, trampolines and slides that are laid out in the activity room, all to the background of fun children's music. The sessions help with balance and confidence, but above all are great fun. Babies can be brought in their new seats to watch from the sidelines, or, like others, you can try carrying them in a sling while following your toddler around the apparatus. At the end of the session all the children are encouraged to take part in action songs, followed by a march around the room. At the very end everyone gets a sticker and those who have completed various tasks get awarded badges and certificates. It's really good fun and highly recommended.
Tumbler sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (only Fridays during school holidays).
?Faversham gas a really large grassy park (the Recreation Ground) near to the Jubilee Centre which ahs a large playground at one end, including a section designed for younger children. Perfect for picnics under the trees.
There is also a smaller playground next to the swimming pool, which is shaded and often quite quiet.
If you're out shopping and fancy a break, the duck pond houses an array of friendly birds. it's very picturesque and just a stone's throw from the centre of town.
The West Street Window
Towards the end of West Street, heading away from the town, there is a small window that always has a colourful display inside, purely maintained as a hobby by the owner.
From the age of three your child is eligible for 15 hours of free pre-school per week. This can be taken in two and half hour sessions. Below is a list of the playgroups and pre-schools in Faversham and the surrounding areas: