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Avenue Nursery & Forest School Limited

Avenue Nursery & Forest School are well established in our community (1974). Our highly trained staff are dedicated people who care and value all families. Our key person approach helps the children to form supportive caring relationships, which enables them to confidently explore and grow in their new environment.

We have a Good Ofsted rating. Our curriculum emerges from the child’s fascinations and is linked to the EYFS framework, ensuring a child centred approach to learning and development.  We include many extracurricular experiences including regular small group outings, annual group excursions, events and celebrations involving all the family throughout the year.

Vision Statement.

Our vision for all children attending Avenue Nursery and Forest School is that they feel happy, secure and valued, whilst developing a love of learning.

We will provide a safe, caring environment, where each child can explore and develop in their own unique way in all areas of learning.

We aim to do this through supportive caring adults, a stimulating environment and interesting motivational experiences. Valuing nature and outdoors as an inspirational educator. Where the children truly engage with all their senses, sparking curiosity and awe.

We also feel that Parent Partnership is vital to offer the best start for any child and we will work closely with parents and carers to support and care for their child. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Fiona Oldfield and Nikki Finnis-Parker
Contact Position

Where to go

Poppy Children's Centre Memorial Park
Park Life
Kings Road
Herne Bay

Our Nursery School and Toddler Cabin are situated within the local park and local Childrens Centre. Our Forest School is in a secure local woodland nearby.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
1 year(s), 2 month(s) to 3 year(s), 4 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 09:00 15:00-17.30
Tuesday 09:00 15:00-17.30
Wednesday 09:00 15:00-17.30
Thursday 09:00 15:00-17.30
Friday 09:00 15:00-17.30
Breakfast Club available
Other Availability
Open 48 weeks per year.
Breakfast club 8am-9am. After school club 3.00-6.00pm additional hours Toddler Cabin Monday - Friday

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Contact provider for details.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Swing, Computers / It, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Trike, Environmental Area, Tv/video/dvd, Trampoline, Ecology, Water Play, Webcam (Secure) In Setting, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Healthy Living, Woodwork, Internet Connection, Kitchen, Library Visits, Life Skills, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Outdoor Activities, Play House, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Quiet Room, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Bike, Sensory Room, Songs, Bushcraft, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Sports
Other facilities information
Natural and loose parts resource Nursery and Toddler room. Forest School and cabin. Mini-bus. Large outdoor play area with Cabin. Community links; including but not exclusive, weekly visits to the library and local residential homes to promote inter-generational play. The beach, local parks, shops and cafes. Any communal place that links to our emergent curriculum. Our setting has undergone a number of significant changes to practice and provision, after witnessing the impact of the Forest School on our children's learning and development, we have tried to implement as much of the forest school approach as possible within the setting. Instigating further research and training which has led to the following changes. No toys. This has led to fewer episodes of conflict around sharing, but more importantly using natural and loose parts has led to far higher levels of 'meaningful play', where children need to create their own resources, using critical thinking skills. The children now interact and collaborate much more, facing challenges and taking risks that promote the development of self-regulation and resilience, while showing high levels of emotional well-being. Rolling snack and dinner time. Both changes have been made for the children to be able to develop self-regulation and recognise when they are hungry and chose when to eat. But also to allow the least amount of disruption to the child's play. Behaviour policy. We have changed our behaviour policy to self-regulation and resilience policy, where we promote strategies to help the child to self-regulate emotions and deal with conflict and solve problems from a nurturing viewpoint.

 Avenue nursery and Forest School is a very inclusive setting with an experienced Senco, Managers and staff team. We are all able to support childrens Targeted and Personalised plans and ensure each childs unique needs are met. We have gained first hand experience through close links to the local childrens assessment centre and Specialist Nursery and use a number of highly regarded strategies to create the best learning environment for all children. Please see our local offer below. 


Languages Spoken:
Sign Language Makaton
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

30 hour provision is available.

Service status


Local Offer


Please see below.

Local Offer

Special Needs Support

We identify children with additional needs through the following;

  • Experienced Senco with highly qualified staff continually accessing relevant training.
  • Parent partnership is considered invaluable.
  • Home visit- ecat audit and all about me paperwork and parental shared information.
  • Progress tracking
  • Joint review from 2
  • Observations.
  • Parent meetings and informal conversations.
  • Assessment audits- Speech and language screening. Well-being and involvement screening. Key person observations. Specific audits linked to EYFS areas of learning.
  • Information from family and other settings.

We share information by;

  • Daily conversations between families and keyperson or Senco.
  • Regular parent meetings.
  • Targeted/personalised plan reviews (alongside parents/professionals).
  • Tapestry, our on-line learning journal.
  • Reports/Meetings with other professionals.

We adapt the EYFS curriculum;

  • Differentiating planning, to make accessible for all.
  • Adaptations to the environment.
  • Targeted and personalised planning.
  • Strategies advice from outside agencies or other professionals

Teaching strategies;

  • Senco liaises and signposts to other agencies. Ensuring recommendations are carried out.
  • A range of visual support; makaton signs. Now and next board. Personalised time lines. 
  • Sharing strategies, signing and songs with the home. This as a whole setting approach. 
  • Individual and small group activities.
  • Targeted support time with a skilled practitioner.
  • Regular parent partnership meetings.


Additional support;

  • Practitioners attend speech therapy with the family.
  • Share resources and strategies, with all involved. 
  • Senco and key people liaise with and visit, specialist settings.
  • We recognise the importance of supporting the whole family, as well as the child.
  • Form completion with families.
  • Specific resources.
  • We recognise the value of specialized staff training.

We monitor progress by;

  • Progress tracking.
  • Regular reviews of targeted and personalised plans, with parents and professionals.
  • Observations.
  • Working with other agencies.

We have never excluded a child and always find strategies to ensure true inclusion.  We will;

  • evaluate planning and ensure differentiation.
  • regular parent meetings.
  • research and feedback influences planning and strategies.
  • risk assessments.
  • Additional staff where necessary.

Being a children centre all needs are met.

Supporting transition.

  • Share information between all involved.
  • Visiting new setting/school and inviting them to us.
  • Child centered approach.

Assessing the overall effectiveness of Sen provision;

  • Senco and practitioners keep up to date with latest expectations, via training, events, bulletins and on-line personal learning.
  • Attend lift/forum meetings.
  • Staff meetings.
  • Meetings, discussions and questionnaires for parents.
  • Feedback from other agencies and professionals has been exceptionally positive.


To register;

  • Call or email
  • via website
  • Arrange a visit to view the setting.
  • If you do join, we offer home visit with keyperson and manager, followed by settling in sessions.

How we receive feedback;

  • Regular parent meetings.
  • Open door policy, promoting informal conversations.
  • regular questionnaires.
  • Grievance policy.
  • Emotional good-byes.


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