We are recruiting! Cook + cleaners

We are seeking friendly staff to join our small team from the end of May. Afternoon cook – Term-time only, usually Monday-Thursday (20 hpw). To prepare early evening meals, using fresh ingredients to promote healthy eating. Occasional weekend work. Cleaner – 10-20hpw, core hours Monday/Friday 8 – 2pm. Optional term-time only or school hours. Both posts could be combined. Local authority rates of pay, holidays, pension. Tel 01580 762073 or email [email protected] for further details. Informal visits encouraged.

Tesco Bags of Help voting for Kench Hill in Tenterden NOW

Voting is underway at Tesco’s Tenterden store, to raise funds for us to provide activities for Tenterden Junior and Infant schools – from archery to wildlife watching. Pop your token in our box now!

Trustees required

We are seeking dynamic Trustees to join our dedicated Board, to take Kench Hill Charity into the next stage of growth. Are you passionate about the value of outdoor learning and the benefits of nature for health and well-being, especially for children and young people from areas of urban deprivation? Can you bring skills to sustainably develop this small, but thriving Centre? We are looking for individuals with particular experience in marketing, fundraising, property and business management.  Can be local or London-based. Meetings currently held quarterly at Kench Hill or in Hackney. Contact [email protected] to apply. Deadline April 28th.

Country Adventures Short Breaks 2019 -Mini-holidays for special children & their families!

New dates for 2019 for our popular Country Adventures Short Breaks.

April 6-8th 2019 (Saturday to Monday) See details and booking form here. Country Adventures Easter19. If you are unable to download, email us with your details to [email protected]

May 31st – June 2nd 2019 (Friday to Sunday)

These mini-holidays are open to all families, but are especially suitable for children with additional needs aged 5+, particularly Autism. Siblings and carers welcome too. The final programme is chosen with the participants. Hackney families registered with Short Breaks can use Individual Budgets to fund the trips.  Support is given with transport to Kench Hill from London. From £50 per child inclusive of catering, accommodation and activities for 2 nights.

Happy Birthday Kench Hill!

Kench Hill Centre has now been operating as a residential education facility with Hackney schools for 40 years!
We celebrated our birthday with staff from Benthal Primary School during their INSET Away day.

Collect and Connect to Nature with Coop Local Community Fund

We have been lucky to be supported by Brookfield (Ashford) Coop this year (2018). Over £5 000 has been raised for the benefit of local schools and groups, to provide subsidised day visits to Kench Hill using our minibus for transport. Local teachers told us that despite living in rural locations, children lack contact with the natural world, have poor eating habits and may lead a sedentary lifestyle. The project will raise awareness of our facility to local users and be sustainable in the future. A huge thank you to the Co-op and members for their support!

Wittersham CE Primary Reception class dig for worms

Schools Newsletter Spring 2019

View the latest news here:  Spring Newsletter/kench-hill-charity-updates-and-availability

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Our fun activities

millfields_largeWhatever the weather, a week at Kench Hill is packed with things to do and memorable experiences.  Bring the curriculum to life with engaging, practical lessons that stimulate real learning.  A country walk becomes a great adventure, while team games such as orienteering foster personal development.