School Nursery in Ashford

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Early Birds Nursery is a school nursery for 2, 3 and 4 year old’s, on the site of Chilmington Green Primary School.

The School and Nursery were inspected by Ofsted in December 2022 and received a Good rating overall with OUTSTANDING in Early years provision.

Situated on a brand new, purpose built site, we share facilities with the school, so have access to lots of resources, outdoor space and equipment that other nurseries don’t!

Interested in a nursery place for your 2, 3 or 4 year old?

Register your interest by completing the form below and return it to the main school office or e-mail it to Jenny.Baker@stouracademytrust.org.uk

Interest Form

Attendance options and Fees

Led by a qualified Teacher; as a school nursery, we offer three attendance options across the 5-day week, term time only. 

Morning Sessions: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 11.30am.

Afternoon Sessions: Monday – Friday, 12.30pm – 3.30pm.

All Day Sessions: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 3.30pm.

All children have to attend 5 days a week, whether this be 5 morning sessions, 5 afternoon sessions or 5 full days.  This pattern of attendance helps children to establish a daily routine needed for primary school, supports building stronger relationships with staff and the other children and provides a greater opportunity for them to make good progress.

We charge £5.50 per hour meaning five mornings or five afternoons will be £82.50 per week or five full days would be £192.50 per week.

However, the majority of parents are now able to access various government schemes which significantly reduces the price parents have to pay, please see below for examples of how much (or little!) you may have to pay!

Government funded childcare support

15 hours – (From April 2024)

Session

5 Morning sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 11.30am)

5 Afternoon sessions

(Monday – Friday 12.30pm – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

3 hours per day
15 hours per week

3 hours a day
15 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

Lunch

Parent provided packed lunch

Nursery provided lunch (£2.60 per day)

Cost per week

FREE

FREE

£82.50

£95.50

Cost per week with Tax Free Childcare (Working parents only, eligibility required)FREEFREE£66.50£79.50

Government funded childcare support

30 hours

Session

5 Morning sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 11.30am)

5 Afternoon sessions

(Monday – Friday 12.30pm – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

3 hours per day
15 hours per week

3 hours a day
15 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

Lunch

Parent provided packed lunch

Nursery provided lunch (£2.60 per day)

Cost per week

FREE

FREE

FREE

£13

Cost per week with Tax Free Childcare (Working parents only, eligibility required)FREEFREEFREE£13

Government funded childcare support

15 hours

Session

5 Morning sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 11.30am)

5 Afternoon sessions

(Monday – Friday 12.30pm – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

5 All Day sessions

(Monday – Friday 8.30am – 3.30pm)

3 hours per day
15 hours per week

3 hours a day
15 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

7 hours per day
35 hours per week

Lunch

Parent provided packed lunch

Nursery provided lunch (£2.60 per day)

Cost per week

FREE

FREE

£82.50

£95.50

To find out what government support you are eligible for please visit www.childcarechoices.gov.uk or contact us for support.

The national curriculum sets out what should be taught at Year 1 upwards. Before this, (Nursery and Reception) it is called the ‘Foundation Stage’ as it is about laying the foundations for future learning.

Our inside and outside nursery environments are carefully planned to allow the children to engage in a wide range of learning opportunities where we promote learning through play as the best way for children to develop important skills, such as social skills, independence, curiosity, and problem solving.

There are seven areas of the EYFS curriculum and in the Nursery, our main area of focus is on the prime areas, as these are the areas that really set the children up ready for reception.

The prime areas are:

Communication and language

Communication and language is our main focus throughout the nursery.

Language development is hugely important and is one of our main focusses in the nursery. Learning to listen, pay attention, understand instructions and questions, developing confidence and the ability to speak and communicate with others. We share lots of stories and encourage children to use props to act out the stories!

Developing independence and healthy practises is also important – we have a focus on Life Skills in the nursery where we encourage our children to put on their own shoes, use the toilet and washing their hands themselves.

Physical development

Jumping, climbing, balancing, fine motor skills, developing hand and finger strength and coordination. We set up obstacle courses outside and have use of the school hall to have weekly pe sessions. We also use playdough, enjoy craft activities, constructions, messy play, and puzzles.

Personal, social and emotional

We help the children learn how to make relationships, become more confident, and learn to manage their feelings and behaviour. We use role play as a great way to practise these skills!

We also support children in the four specific areas:

Literacy

We give the children lots of opportunities for mark making – paint brushes, pens, crayons, chalk etc and also use singing to develop children’s awareness of rhyme – which helps when they learn to read. Studies how shown in the Early Years the child’s awareness of rhyme is a good predictor of how easily they will learn to read!

Maths

Maths is about counting, calculating and developing an awareness of shapes and measures. Accurate number counting and number recognition is achieved through repetition, so we try to incorporate it in as many activities as possible throughout the day.  

Understanding the world

This is to do with finding out about people, places, technology and the environment – this is an area that can really excite and motivate the children! As a school nursery, we are lucky that we can be involved in lots of whole school opportunities, like visits from a variety of interesting people!

Expressive arts and design

Exploring different mediums and materials and developing imagination and creativity. We support children by providing activities such as storytelling, dancing, music, role play and arts and crafts!

How will you know how your child is getting on?

Each child is assigned a key person which will be one of the nursery team. Having a key person means that each child has a special adult in the setting and over time, the adult can really get to know the child and tune into their needs, moods and interests. The adults can then use their knowledge to provide individualised support for the children. Although the children will have one key person, all the team will work with them to support them on their learning journey.

We use ‘Tapestry’ online learning journals to document children’s learning. ‘Tapestry’ is an exciting way of building a strong link between home and school. Families can login to view their child’s observations and also add their own observations from home.  

One parent said,“It’s great being able to see what Albert has been up to throughout the day. We look through his pictures together in the evening and he tells me all about the photos/activities that he has been doing. It helps me to praise him at home for his great work. He doesn’t give too much away, when I ask how his day has been, but prompting him with photos that have been posted, reminds him and gets him chatting away!” 

We have found that sharing learning with families in this way has helped to develop their understanding and appreciation of the potential of child led learning opportunities. Many parents look at the observations with their children at home and this can lead to further learning opportunities where the children talk about their learning, consolidating and reflecting on their activities. 

 
 
As a school nursery, many of our parents opt to purchase uniform for their child.

Our uniform is reasonably priced, practical, good quality and our children are proud to wear it. It also means that best clothes are not spoilt, and saves arguments over clothes choice in the morning!

Parents can choose to have uniform orders delivered to the nursery free of charge during term time from our online supplier mapac.

Many parents choose to match the sweatshirt or cardigan with the following (available from most supermarkets at very reasonable prices as well as the Mapac online shop).

  • A polo shirt
  • Grey, black or navy skirt, trousers (or “joggers/sweatpants” if your child finds these easier to manage in a hurry!).
  • Sensible shoes (suitable for outdoor/sand/water/messy/active play).
  • During the summer term red and white checked gingham dresses are often worn)
 

Please name all items of clothing that your child may take off, including shoes (many children often have the same shoes). Badges or zip tags are often helpful on coats to help children identify their own coat.

To purchase uniform, please visit the online store by clicking the link below:

What have we been up to?

One of the best ways to get a feel for what our nursery is like is to look through our gallery. There you will find just a taste of what it is like to come to our nursery!