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St Alphege Ce Infant And Sunbeams (Maintained Nursery) School

 We are a Community nursery situated within St Alphege CE Infant school that offers flexible term time only provision from a child’s 3rd birthday. We are proud of the high quality provision that Sunbeams has offered our families since opening in January 2007. We are able to offer the universal 15 hour funded childcare and for families who are eligible, up to 30 hours funded childcare.

The nursery is managed by a skilled and enthusiastic team of staff led by Mrs Gemma Keeble and Mrs Amanda Humphreys both experienced qualified Early Years teachers, who work closely to plan, reflect and guide learning for every child.

Currently, all 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week during term time of free childcare, up to a maximum of 570 hours per year. At Sunbeams your child can enjoy 5 free, 3 hour sessions of quality educational learning through play each week and we make this available to you from your child’s 3rd birthday. These sessions may be distributed over the week as you require subject to availability. We are also able to access Free For 2 funding.

You can be flexible in your attendance and share your free provision between two nursery settings. You can also purchase additional sessions and your child may attend up to ten sessions a week.

All sessions are subject to availability and will be awarded according to our Admissions Policy which is available to view in full on the school website.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Mrs Manda Cullen
Contact Position
School Business Manager
01227 272977

Where to go

St Alphege C Of E Infant School
Oxford Street


Families are warmly invited to visit the nursery ‘at play’ and we are delighted to show prospective families around so that they have a good understanding of the whole range of facilities and opportunities that are on offer.

 Children are encouraged to attend some ‘taster’ sessions with parents, who then begin to leave their children as they settle. It is essential that we listen to families and respond to each child’s needs as they come into the nursery.


When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 11 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:30 11:30
Monday 11:30 12:15
Monday 12:15 3:15
Tuesday 08:30 11:30
Tuesday 11:30 12:15
Tuesday 12:15 3:15
Wednesday 08:30 11:30
Wednesday 11:30 12:15
Wednesday 12:15 3:15
Thursday 08:30 11:30
Thursday 11:30 12:15
Thursday 12:15 3:15
Friday 08:30 11:30
Friday 11:30 12:15
Friday 12:15 3:15

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.00 Per session
£4.00 Per lunch
ECD Type
Maintained Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Additional sessions may be purchased subject to availability.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
We are currently welcoming enquiries for places from September 2023.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date

The nursery is colourful and stimulating, inviting curiosity and exploration from the moment children first enter.

Our purpose built unit has its own entrance and the internal and external layout lends itself to group, class and individual activities that can offer quieter focussed play and noisy and messy fun too!

The outdoor space is large, bright and offers a safe and partly covered area, allowing for easy access all the year round. We pride ourselves in the physical development opportunities that we can provide. The children enjoy climbing, cycling, digging and building as well as many other opportunities for play and exploration outside

Wheelchair Access

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)

We have places available to children of families who are eligible for the 30 hours funded childcare. Parents will need to meet certain criteria to be eligible for the funding and will need to apply for funding themselves. For more information and to check eligibility please visit the government website If eligible, parents will be given an eligibility code to share with us and once confirmed we will be able to confirm your 30 hours of funded childcare with us. We offer a fully flexible 30 hour provision that equates to 9, 3 hour sessions plus 4, lunchtime sessions during the week, term time only, up to a maximum of 1140 hours per year.

These sessions may be distributed over the week as you require, subject to availability. You can also purchase additional sessions and your child may attend up to ten sessions a week.

Service status


Local Offer

St Alphege CE Infant School and Sunbeams Nursery

Special Needs Support

Please complete an expression of interest form and return to the school by post or email. Postal address is St Alphege CEI School, Oxford Street, Whitstable, Kent, CT5 1DA. email   


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