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Early Birds Nursery at Chilmington Green Primary School.


Chilmington Early Birds Nursery is part of Chilmington Green Primary School and welcomes children from the age of 2 – 5 years. 

The nursery is led by Mrs Adamson, a qualified teacher, and supported by a team of experienced nursery nurses. 

Our session options are 5 mornings 8.30am-11.30am, 5 afternoons 12.30pm-3.30pm or 5 full days 8.30am-3.30pm. 

We are dedicated to providing a safe, caring and challenging environment for children to play, learn and develop. We are committed to collaborating with families to achieve the best outcomes for all of our children and their families who are at the heart of everything we do.

Contact us to discuss a place for September 2023!

Who to contact

Contact Name
Jennie Baker
Contact Position
Nursery Funding Manager
Telephone
01233 228241
E-mail
chilmingtongreen@stouracademytrust.org.uk
Website
https://www.earlybirdsnurseryatchilmingtongreen.co.uk/

Where to go

Address
Chilmington Green Primary School
Mock Lane
Great Chart
Ashford
Kent
Postcode
TN23 3DS
Notes

** NOW BASED AT OUR PERMANENT HOME WITHIN OUR BRAND NEW SCHOOL **

We accept:

  • Free for Two 15 hours funded for 2 year olds
  • Universal 15 free hours for 3 and 4 year olds
  • 30 hours free funding for 3 and 4 year olds based on parent eligibility
  • Paid hours at £5.00 per hour
  • Tax Free Childcare payments and Childcare Vouchers

 

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How we support children:

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:

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!

Communication and language

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 encourage our children to put on their own shoes, use the toilet and washing their hands themselves.

We also support children in the four specific areas:

Literacy – (learning to read and write)

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. 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 8:30 11:30
Monday 12:30 3:30
Monday 8:30 3:30
Tuesday 8:30 11:30
Tuesday 12:30 3:30
Tuesday 8:30 3:30
Wednesday 8:30 11:30
Wednesday 12:30 3:30
Wednesday 8:30 3:30
Thursday 8:30 11:30
Thursday 12:30 3:30
Thursday 8:30 3:30
Friday 8:30 11:30
Friday 12:30 3:30
Friday 8:30 3:30

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.00 Per hour
ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Offers pickups
No
Cost(s)
3-4 Year Old Funding?
Yes
2 Year Old Funding?
Yes
Vacancies Details
Please contact us to add your child/children to our consideration list for our September 2023 intake! Please note that joining our consideration list does not guarantee a place and that places are offered with an admissions criteria in mind.
Immediate vacancies?
No
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Yes
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
05/05/2022
Wheelchair Access
Yes

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
Yes

Service status

Status
Open

Local Offer

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Special Needs Support

Often parents can be aware that their children may have additional needs before they begin nursery. Our settling in arrangements are flexible to accommodate individual needs. We want to know as much as possible about every child before they start with us so we can provide them with the best support from day one.

Before children start parents and their children are invited to a number of settling in sessions. These sessions are a great opportunity for the children to become familiar with their new nursery environment and the adults that are going to be looking after them. Parents are invited to meet with their child’s key person or if appropriate, our SENCO, to share up to date information with us about their child’s interests, developing skills and personal care needs.

Sometimes children’s additional needs may become apparent over time and if you have concerns about your child’s progress or development then the first step would be to talk to your child’s key person or class teacher.

As we play alongside the children each session we get to know them really well and identify their strengths and any areas they may need more support in. The progress of all pupils is monitored and recorded each term. Through this process, pupils that are not making the expected progress are quickly identified and strategies are planned that will address their area of difficulty. We are able to work with other professionals such as the Speech and Language Team, Occupational Therapists and Health Visitors to help us identify and provide the best support for children and their families.

We know children make the best progress when the nursery and their families work together. Each day staff are available to chat to parents about how things are going. Sometimes parents or the nursery staff may want to have a more in depth or private conversation and this can always be requested and arranged. We hold parents evenings throughout the year.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

In the nursery we learn through play. The environment is carefully planned and organised into different areas so that children can take part in a range of experiences. Every session children will have time to move around the nursery and choose their own activities. During this time the adults play alongside the children and ‘teach’ them through modelling, asking, questioning, explaining, guiding, showing, suggesting, challenging and encouraging. Adults who know the children well are able to support the children in ways personal to them.

Each child is an individual and different strategies will work for different children. We have a great working relationship with a range of professionals such as Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists and the Specialist Teaching and Learning. We value their specialist advice.

We enjoy professional development opportunities and frequently attend training and networking session to keep our knowledge and skills up to date. We strive to find the best support for all the children in our nursery.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to discuss what is working well, evaluate the progress that has been made and set new targets for the coming term.

Often with small adaptions or forward planning, we can find ways to include all of our children in our activities. The nursery caters for children from 2-4 years of ages so we are used to adapting activities to meet the needs of a children at different stages in their development.
When planning any school trips, risk assessments are carried out and planning put in place, taking into account all the children needs.

Our brand new school opened in October 2022 and the building is suitable for wheelchair users. We have a lift, disabled toilet and spacious corridors.

Early Birds Nursery is part of Chilmington Green Primary School and most of our nursery children move up to our Reception class. The children have the opportunity to use different areas of the school such as the hall, library and playground whilst in the nursery.

A ‘Rising 4s’ group runs every Wednesday afternoon. Parents and children are invited to join the Reception class and engage in different activities each week.

When children transition to a new class there are opportunities for staff and parents to meet and discuss children’s individual needs and aspirations for the future.

Children who are receiving additional support will have a targeted or personalised support plan in place that outlines the additional strategies staff will use to support the child’s progress. Termly meetings are held with parents to evaluate the progress that has been met and set new targets for the coming term.

Please email Jenny Baker

Each term we send home a ‘Parents Update Sheet’ where parents can record comments or ask any questions they may have. If you ever have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to speak to us in person. We are continually evaluating our practices to ensure we are providing the most effective provision. We welcome any comments or suggestions, which could help us to do this.

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