Smallville Nursery

Where children are explorers and learning is an adventure!

Idyllic Setting

Idyllic Setting

Smallville Nursery is set in the grounds of a beautiful, historic building in Snodland, beside a wonderful cricket meadow. Being surrounded by nature, we have been inspired by and utilised natural, ecological and sustainable resources wherever possible. Our nursery is lead by a qualified teacher, and all staff strive to ensure children feel valued, understood and find pleasure in learning. We understand that children learn best when they are happy and are playing but should your child require additional support we have access to our own Smallville Occupational Therapist. We follow the interests of the children and respond to learning in the moment to ensure we capture those ‘wow’ moments.

Smallville Pedagogy

Smallville Pedagogy

Children are instinctively curious so we provide opportunities that nurture their interests and provoke thinking. The children have access to a range of loose parts, real and authentic resources and plenty of freedom to be creative. Your child will be the focus child every 6 to 8 weeks, meaning the learning environment for that week will be enhanced to meet their specific needs and interests. When it isn’t their week we still of course support their learning, capturing ‘WOW’ moments to share with you in our journals. Our fantastic outdoor spaces allow children to enjoy and develop a love for nature in our mud garden and growing areas, and provide opportunities to take sensible risks, strengthening their core muscles in our grassed area. We also make good use of the adjoining cricket ground where the children can enjoy a larger outside space too.

Owls & Squirrels

Owls & Squirrels

We believe in creating a calm but stimulating learning environment where children can explore and discover a range of open-ended and natural resources.

Owl Room is for our children who are 3 and 4 years old. The learning environment provides lots of opportunities for learning through play and encourages the exploration and growth of creative ideas.

Squirrel Room is for our 2 years old children and has been carefully designed so that all the resources are easily accessible. The children are provided with lots of opportunities to mark make in different ways, develop their gross and fine motor muscles and to think critically and problem solve. Our sleep room is part of the Squirrel Room provision, and doubles as a sensory area when children are not resting.

Registrations and Admissions

As a small setting we can provide a highly personal and individualised approach to children’s educations but this inevitably means we have a high demand for our places. To manage admissions fairly we operate a Waiting List. Email or call to reserve your space.

Staying in Touch –
Parent partnerships are key to our service.

We will provide:

1. Personal learning journals

2. ‘Focus child’ weeks

3. Biannual developmental reviews

4. Appointments to talk to your key person

5. Informal chats with staff at drop off

6. Parents evenings

Before your child starts at Smallville Nursery they will be allocated a Key Person and offered a home visit to allow them to begin to build relationships and trust before their attendance. A FREE 1 hour INTRODUCTORY SESSION will also be offered to help your child famailirise themselves with the setting.

Session Options

Funding and Fees.

We are a registered as a Free Early Education (FEE) provider for eligible working families and stretch funding over 48 weeks. Visit www.gov.uk/get-childcare for a full guide to your entitlements. We accept card payment, bank transfer, Tax-Free Childcare and other vouchers. See our Payment Policy for full charges.

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 7.00am to 7:00pm

Open 50 weeks a year, closing on all Public Holidays and over Christmas, re- opening on the 2nd January each year if this is a weekday.

Sessions
Breakfast Club 07:00 to 8:30 £9
Funding Accepted Morning Session 08:30 to 11:30 £18 (£16.50)
Funding Accepted Lunch Club 11:30 to 12:30 £6
Funding Accepted Afternoon Session 12:30 to 15:30 £18 (£16.50)
Tea Time Club 15:30 to 17:30 £12
Evening Session 15:30 to 19:00 £21
Funding Accepted Full Day 08:30 to 15:30 £42 (£38.50)
Working Day 08:30 to 17:30 £54 (£50.50)
Extended Day 07:00 to 19:00 £65 (£60)

FEE places: Please note we ask for a £1 voluntary contribution for each funded hour to help pay towards consumables used in the nursery such as snack, uniform, and extra-curricular activities. These charges are voluntary and if you cannot pay the fees then other agreements can be made.

Additional Hours: FEE individuals can attend additional sessions including the 2 non funded weeks at the rates listed above.

We provide hot meals and healthy snacks, and encourage children to be independent with feeding and food preparations by…

1. Allowing them to pour drinks, spread butter and cut foods

2. Encouraging them to try new foods

3. Promoting good personal hygiene

FREE UNIFORMS

We suggest wearing the complimentary nursery uniform: a Smallville t-shirt with comfortable dark bottoms as your child will be involved in messy activities! We also recommend you provide an all-weather suit and wellies each day.

Growing healthy bodies & healthy minds


We promote mindfulness and use our outdoors spaces in all weathers. We love to explore our surroundings, inspiring a love and respect for nature in Early Years.

We regularly participate in local health and wellbeing initiatives.

We love our village

We visit our local community care homes and get involved in community projects to help make a difference to our village.

General Terms & Conditions – for full T&Cs visit our website

Illness

Your child should not come to nursery if they are suffering from an illness or have taken ‘calpol’ on the day of attendance. Children should not return to nursery for 48 hours of last sickness. No refund will be given for absences due to illness. If your child has a non-infectious illness or an allergy, we will endeavour to accommodate any special requirements they may have.

Closures

Should the nursery be unable to open due planned maintenance parents will be refunded for a chargeable session or have it discounted from their next invoice. Should closure need to take place part way through a session, a refund will not be given. Should the nursery be unable to provide a service due to other circumstances beyond its control full charges remain payable.

Late Pick Up

Should a child not be collected on time, a late collection fee of £1 per minute is chargeable.

Late Payments

Fees are to be paid within 10 working days of the invoice date. If you are experiencing financial hardship please speak, in confidence, to the manager so that alternative payment arrangements can be made. If, without negotiation, fees are not settled we are left with no alternative but to withdraw your child’s place in line with our Bad Debt Procedure. Children in receipt of FEE will only be able to access their funded hours.

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