About us

The Sparrows project grew out of research into use of church buildings. We recognised that the major use of many of our churches and church buildings was childcare.  It became our mission to provide and roll-out a chain of quality playschools and nurseries within our Diocese, which is the Essex and East London area.

We now have 3 nurseries operating throughout East London in Goodmayes, Harold Hill and Plaistow.  Our dedicated staff work hard to ensure your child is welcomed into a warm, caring environment where they can be nurtured whilst exploring the world through play.

We have 5 mission statements which encompass who we are and what we do, with children at the very heart of them.

 
  • Mission to children – to provide the highest possible standards of physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual care in a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Mission to families – to offer friendship, stability, support and resources to parents to help their children grow and flourish.
  • Mission to community – to love one another, our neighbours and the most vulnerable in our society.
  • Mission to staff – To ensure staff are valued, given opportunities to develop their skills and expertise through continued training and support.
  • Mission to Church – to work with our partner churches to deliver their mission of outreach to the community they serve.

Our core values are Christian at their heart.  We teach children to love and respect one another. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience we offer you and your children.
We warmly welcome children from all faiths or no religious background.  We invite families to share their special events and festivals with us.  We encourage children to bring items for “show & tell” and there will be opportunities throughout the year for parents to join us to share something from your family’s culture.

The scriptures feature sparrows;

Birds find nooks and crannies in your house, sparrows make nests there. They lay their eggs and raise their young, singing their songs in the place where we worship. How blessed they are to live and sing there! 
Psalm 84:3-4

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 
Matthew 10:29

So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 
Matthew 10:31 

We liken ourselves, our care and the children in communities to sparrows; needing communities in which to flourish, loved and cherished by our heavenly Father and although commonplace, significant and of great value.

Sparrows is an initiative to encourage, promote and initiate high-quality childcare in church and Church School settings. We aim to support Christian-based childcare through professional support and guidance. 

About us

The Sparrows project grew out of research into use of church buildings. We recognised that the major use of many of our churches and church buildings was childcare.  It became our mission to provide and roll-out a chain of quality playschools and nurseries within our Diocese, which is the Essex and East London area.

We now have 3 nurseries operating throughout East London in Goodmayes, Harold Hill and Plaistow.  Our dedicated staff work hard to ensure your child is welcomed into a warm, caring environment where they can be nurtured whilst exploring the world through play.

We have 5 mission statements which encompass who we are and what we do, with children at the very heart of them.

 
  • Mission to children – to provide the highest possible standards of physical, social, educational, emotional and spiritual care in a safe and stimulating environment.
  • Mission to families – to offer friendship, stability, support and resources to parents to help their children grow and flourish.
  • Mission to community – to love one another, our neighbours and the most vulnerable in our society.
  • Mission to staff – To ensure staff are valued, given opportunities to develop their skills and expertise through continued training and support.
  • Mission to Church – to work with our partner churches to deliver their mission of outreach to the community they serve.

Our core values are Christian at their heart.  We teach children to love and respect one another. We encourage an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promote Christian values through the experience we offer you and your children.
We warmly welcome children from all faiths or no religious background.  We invite families to share their special events and festivals with us.  We encourage children to bring items for “show & tell” and there will be opportunities throughout the year for parents to join us to share something from your family’s culture.

The scriptures feature sparrows;

Birds find nooks and crannies in your house, sparrows make nests there. They lay their eggs and raise their young, singing their songs in the place where we worship. How blessed they are to live and sing there! 
Psalm 84:3-4

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. 
Matthew 10:29

So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. 
Matthew 10:31 

We liken ourselves, our care and the children in communities to sparrows; needing communities in which to flourish, loved and cherished by our heavenly Father and although commonplace, significant and of great value.

Sparrows is an initiative to encourage, promote and initiate high-quality childcare in church and Church School settings. We aim to support Christian-based childcare through professional support and guidance. 

Sparrows & Mission

For Sparrows, mission is a wide term encompassing our shared aims and aspirations embodied in our Christian ethos.

Inevitably, there will be differing expressions and interpretations of mission, as determined by local contexts, and we are keen to collaborate with settings to re-imagine mission so that it becomes relevant to the local community and the local church. 

Any Christian ethos can be difficult to define, but easier to describe. We seek to follow the imperative from Jeremiah 29;  “… seek the welfare of the city …. and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare.”

Mission to Children

We have a mission to provide the highest possible standards of physical, social, educational, spiritual and emotional care to children. We recognise that high quality care for children is not the preserve of faith communities and we have much to learn from the expertise and commitment of others in childcare. And we also recognise that whilst reaching for the highest possible standards, we can offer a spiritual dimension which enhances the care on offer.

It is essential to keep the needs of the child in the centre of our thinking. Theories of faith formation and development show that children who are raised in loving and stable relationships and environments find it easier to form relationships of trust.

Mission to parents and carers

Looking after pre-school children is rewarding and fulfilling but can sometimes be demanding and stressful. Parents and carers want stability, care, helpful guidance and support in their roles. We can offer friendship, stability, support, resources and a spiritual home where they can help their children grow and flourish physically, socially, emotionally, educationally and spiritually.

Mission to Staff

We have a mission to be good employers of those taking care of our children. Typically, workers in the childcare sector have low pay, poor working conditions and they often find that they and their work is undervalued.

We can raise the working standards and practices for childcare workers, valuing them as individuals, developing their skills and expertise and placing a high profile on their work amongst some of the most vulnerable in our society.

Mission to the church

We recognise, welcome and celebrate the capacity of children and childcare to transform the church and the world. Theologically, children offer us far more than an opportunity for education. Children are gifts from God, made in the image of God and offer our communities insights that  take us beyond what we already know.

As Jesus said, children are at the heart of the kingdom (Mark 10) and in order for us to fully grasp God’s kingdom we must become like a child (Matthew 18).

Mission to the wider community

Nelson Mandela reminds us that “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children”. Our communities will judge us on our love for one another and our love for the most vulnerable. We demonstrate the kingdom in our words and works.

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