‘Our home from home where different is good’.
The Day Nursery is for children of 3 months to 5 years. It comprises of Ducklings for babies, Caterpillars for toddlers and under three’s and Butterflies for the pre-school children, Monday to Friday 8 am to 6 pm all year round. The Ladybird room is open from 9.15 until 12.15 Monday to Friday during school term times only, this will provide families entitled to the government two, three and four year old funding for children. The After School Club (Monkeys) is for children from 4.5 – 11 years. It is open from 8.00am for breakfast club for St Thomas school children and After school club for St Thomas School, from 3.00pm- 6.00pm. The Holiday Play Scheme is for any children who attend school full time up to the age of 11 years. Open from 8.00am until 6.00pm every school holiday.
Our aim is: To provide full day and out of school care for children aged three months to eleven years in a secure, safe and stimulating environment. To enhance the education and development of the children in a parent involving community based group. To work within a framework which ensures equality of opportunity and support for all children and their families who attend our setting.
We offer your children: Fun and friendship with children and other adults. The chance to learn through play within a specially developed curriculum. A homely atmosphere, with toys and equipment which help them extend and build upon their capabilities.
We are fully supportive and work closely in unison with the Kent Local Offer for children and families who need some extra support to ensure that all opportunities are achievable as far as possible http://www.kent.gov.uk/education-and-children/special-educational-needs. We have a great SENCo team and all staff work hard to ensure that we cater for each child’s individual needs. following closely the http://www.kelsi.org.uk/early-years/equality-and-inclusion/best-practice-guidance-for-the-early-years. Please feel free to discuss any concerns or queries with us.
Please access the Pod for more help.
We also offer support for all families through the Kent front door request for support scheme.
Our Rooms Include:
Ducklings – Babies
Caterpillars – Toddlers and under 3’s
Butterflies – Pre school children
Ladybirds – From age 2 (term times only)
Monkeys – Our breakfast and after school clubs
Some comments from our parents:
I cannot thank you ALL enough for every single piece of input and fun you have all given my little.
She’s grown and is leaving to be a confident clever little girl, I cannot believe that’s it she’s set for school now..
You’ve all been such a huge part of both my babies little lives and the most important part of their lives.
Yesterday we had the annual call from his teacher. He said he was a very good reader and credited that he had already learned so much about phonics at nursery, so I’ll pass that on to you as a compliment!
Please find the link to our latest newsletter.
9th April 2021
What a year it has been, with the support of our parents we are seeing great times again.
The team has worked really hard to embrace the time we are living in and have managed to provide the best experiences, love and fun for our children.
This next term ahead we will be getting our gardens ready for the summer, We will also be developing our allotment growing some fruit, Vegetables and some pretty flowers too. Hopefully we will be able to feed ourselves and our Tortoises too. We will be enjoying watching the worms, bees and butterflies.
Our Parent zone app. will show all our parents what their children have been doing during their time with us. This is linked with the Early years Foundation stage government guidelines, which enables us to support the best ever learning and development for our children. We use what they like to provide activities to help them blossom.
Please share your home observations on the app. too The children love to talk about these with us and see themselves.
The children who are 4 before 31.8.2021 have applied for their primary schools and have started to take part in activities which will help them to move to their next stage feeling confident and independent, they will be able to form new friendships and look after themselves and feel that they have some understanding of mathematics, Reading, Writing and Science, through fun activities which they have been part of whilst with us.
6th March 2020
It is with a heavy heart that we are going to close the Nursery temporarily for 3 weeks in the first instance at the end of today. We have staff with vulnerable people in there house, staff with underlying health conditions and we are all anxious like I’m sure many of you are.
Fees will not be charged whilst the Nursery is closed.
Please keep looking at our Facebook page Canterbury Parent Group. where we will post any updates. Fun activities and just some friendly smiles. We will try also to add these to the moments page on Parent Zone.
Stay Safe everyone and we will see you all very soon.
Sending our love to you all x x
Please find below our latest newsletter. This includes an audit of the questionnaire which we sent to our parents.