When can my child start?
We take children from about two and a half; they can attend from 1 to 5 morning sessions a week depending on your requirements and our availability. Once they are entitled to their Free Early Education i.e. the term after their third birthday you can choose for your child to attend a full day (9am to 3.30 pm) dependent on availablility.
What is your child /adult ratio?
We have a high ratio of fully qualified and experienced staff to children. We have 26 children per session with at least 5 qualified staff including a qualified teacher.
Do staff keep up to date with current practice/ developments in education?
All staff continuously attend training to keep up to date with new developments in Early years Education. All staff have First Aid and Child protection training. Staff are currently undertaking further professional training including a BA Hons in Early Years Education and Diplomas in the Early Years Education.
How will I know what my child is doing at Nursery?
We maintain detailed learning journeys using an online system called Tapestry which has photographs and observations which will give you a full picture of your child’s activities, interests and friendships. We are also always happy to chat with you every day, or keep in touch via email or phone if you cannot drop off or pick up your child. We offer regular parent/ key person consultations to discuss achievements and progress and plan next steps based around your child’s individual interests. To learn about Tapestry please click here.
Will my child have regular access to the garden area?
We are very fortunate to have a large and grassy garden area with mature trees in a beautiful and picturesque part of All Saints Churchyard. We access the garden all day and in all weathers. We have plenty of wellies and spare coats if needed! We also access the large vicarage garden next door for sports and picnics and the large churchyard area for nature walks.
What are the parking facilities?
We have a large car park next to the Nursery which makes drop off and collection very easy. We are also within easy walking distance of most parts of Whitstable and Tankerton and next to a bus stop.
What about drinks and snacks?
Children have access throughout the session to our snack table; we offer a range of healthy snacks from fresh fruit to toast, bread sticks, rice cakes, dried fruit and milk or water. This is a great opportunity for children to learn independence skills and to socialise with members of staff and other children.
The older children who stay all day or come in the afternoons bring a packed lunch and we all eat together in our purpose built cabin. It’s a very social and chatty time and great preparation for school.
Where can I find out more?
Our last Ofsted inspection took place in February 2016 and we were graded as outstanding in all areas. To see the full report follow this link:-
Also have a look at the parent testimonials on this website in the What People Say section
Does my child need to be toilet trained?
There is no need for your child to be toilet trained. All we ask is that you provide spare nappies or pull ups. We will support your child with toilet training when you feel your child is ready.
Do you have a long waiting list and how are admissions managed?
We organise the waiting list in date of birth order. We give priority to siblings and if we are oversubscribed we look at the length of time your child’s name has been on the waiting list.