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Canterbury Day Nursery, Holiday Playscheme and ASC

Our Nursery, ASC and HPS provides a welcoming environment to all. 

We know that children are learning before they come to us from their family and the environment in which they live and we acknowledge the varying lifestyles that encourage this learning. Our aim is to work alongside our parents and carers offering affordable childcare for all at a fair price to achieve the best outcomes for children in our care.

Our curriculum is based around the children’s individual interests, with the key-person supporting the children in collaboration with the parents and main carers of the child. Using observations to plan the environment, implementing a variety of activities to help develop this.

All observations are available on our free Parent zone app. If you do not have access to this, we will print these for you. On Parent zone is also a record of any meals, sleep and daily routines which your child has had while in the setting, this is published on a daily basis. This app also gives you access to share photographs, comments and observations from you regarding your child’s time at home. This will also feed into our planned targets and activities for them.

We plan for each child individually, basing the environment and the activities around what they already know and enjoy, using Development Matters as a guide to ensure children are moving in the right direction and are at a good level of learning which is right for them. 

To ensure that a universal level of provision is met, the nursery SENCo team will be informed and may implement personalised/individual strategies to support the individual childrens needs. We complete a progress check at 2 years and a termly report on your child’s development. Offering six monthly parent consultations to discuss your child's development and any concerns you may have. Through observations and getting to know your child we are able to show progress each child has made, and each year group through our online program which enables us to evaluate how well we are providing for our children.

We offer activities, which leads to nationally approved learning outcomes and prepares children to progress with confidence to the national curriculum at the age of five years.

Working towards three prime areas: Communication and language: Physical development: Personal, Social and Emotional development; and supporting children through specific areas: literacy: mathematics: understanding the world: expressive arts and design:

All these areas of learning and development are important and are inter-connected, and are crucial for developing children’s curiosity and learning experiences. 

Our building is a single storey building, with double doors to all garden areas, The toilets are height appropriate which assist all levels of toileting ability.

Our nursery has three nursery rooms which operate all year around, Ducklings for our babies 0.3 mth to 2 years. Caterpillars for our 2 - 3 year olds and Butterflies for our 3 to pre-school.

We are also lucky to have a term time only room Ladybirds which is a mixed age range of 2 to pre-school, mornings only. 

When the children are moving into a new room, we will spend some time getting them used to their new environment by short visits with their key-person. When they have their big move into primary school, we will do so with a positive attitude, ensuring that we help to get your child excited for the next stage of their journey. We work in depth at helping your child realise the skills they have which are needed for school and future life. We contact all new reception teachers to arrange for them to come in to meet the children here and complete in-depth reports to send to the schools so that they have an insight into the wonderful personalities which we are nurturing. 


Who to contact

Contact Name
Sally Cavaglieri
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
01227 454557

Where to go

Canterbury Day Nursery
Havelock Street

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only, Open All Year, School Holidays
Carescheme Age Range:
3 year(s), month(s) to 11 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18.00
Tuesday 08:00 18.00
Wednesday 08:00 18.00
Thursday 08:00 18.00
Friday 08:00 18.00
Other Availability
We only close over Christmas Period and Bank Holidays

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Schools covered
St Thomas' Catholic Primary School, Canterbury
ST Thomas Roman Catholic Primary Canterbury
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
very limited - please email in for enquiries
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Cookery, Books, Dressing Up, Kitchen, Bike, Pets, Tv/video/dvd, Sleeping Area, Parks/playgrounds, Slide, Water Play, Quiet Room, Climbing Ropes, Webcam (Secure) In Setting, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden

We are proud to have been accepted to offer Summer playscheme places through the HAF scheme. 

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
One level building - wide access doors - larger toilet area.

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)

This is offered on a stretched basis over 51 weeks of the year. 

Service status


Local Offer


We work extremely close with professionals to ensure that all children are included and welcomed in our provision.

We may make a request for support for the child and the family through Kent's Front Door scheme. This enables the correct professional to be informed and directed to the family.

We have three Senco's who are able to signpost parents to achieving the best support for their family. 

We work very close with several outside agencies to ensure that any children who need extra input are receiving the most skillful assistance we can provide. The specialist teacher, speech and language and occupation therapists are regular and welcome visitors to our setting. We are continually providing and attending training for our SENCo staff and for all staff, to ensure that we are sensitive to children’s needs and how to develop their needs. We have highly qualified staff and experienced who will implement visual support, one to one focused play and learning time. We will work closely with families and parents to ensure that we provide a merged service. 

Many staff are trained to ensure that they understand the importance of inclusion for those children who need additional support. Our aim is to ensure that we have an environment which enables the same provision for all. Sometimes we may make adjustments to the environment but we hope these do not make anyone feel singled out, as we believe all children are special and we aim for all to feel part of our community.

Please access this website  for further support





Special Needs Support

Through discussions with parents, observations and assessments our team ensure that all children are provided with the best care and opportunities which we can offer them.

Continuous training of our staff enables us to keep up to date procedures and policies in our practice.

If a parent has any concerns about their child, they can speak to their key person or any of the team in the office, who will then direct them to the right person.

If it becomes apparent that the child needs support in an area then we follow the best practice guidance which helps us to put activities into place to help develop these areas. If external agencies are needed with the support then we will with the parents make the relevant referrals.

 We will then attend meetings and appointments in order that we can still offer the best support.

 We have a wide range of experience of supporting children with varied needs, See main page.

 We work closely with our parents who speak other languages to help make new parents with English as their second language feel welcome and understood.

We make it our pleasure and practice to speak to each parent/ carer either on arrival or collection at the nursery. This will enable you to share any concerns you have regarding your child.

We will speak to all parents in the first instance and explain which line of support we feel will be needed.

We will with parents make the necessary requests for support, and share targeted and personalised plans to ensure that the support around the child is smooth.

We will meet external professionals with the parents to ensure that the advice being given is understood by all. Early Years Pupil Premium, DAF, and SENIF support can be awarded to the setting to assist with extra input, sometimes this may be in terms of extra funding, training for staff or additional resources. This will be used with consultation of the parents to provide support as best possible for the child and family. 

The Development Matters document is put into place to assist practitioners with their planning and assessments, our aim is to provide activities for all children suitable for their individual likes and needs. This will ensure that each child is being accommodated as fully as possible, this will enable them to feel important which will heighten their wellbeing and increase their self-confidence. 

We are lucky to have 2 early years teachers in our setting, who oversee and support other staff with planning needs for the children. Regular team meetings are held to discuss curriculum  ideas and where to adapt or amend activities. 

We have a strong Senco team, whom work closely with all staff, children and families. This has enabled us to have a secure approach to meeting the varying needs of children with success, knowing where to seek help externally.  





We provide specialist directed activities for those children who need that little extra help. Through writing targeted and personalised plans or through extended planning we aim to support development in all areas of learning for the child.

We have a very close and knowledgeable team, resulting in there always being a practitioner available to discuss with parents any concerns they have. Individual meetings are held twice a year with parents and the key person, and other meetings are made as often as needed when extra support is required.

We may use ECAT- Every Child A Talker alongside other assessments to enable us to get a true picture of the child's language skills.  This separates into the following headings: speaking, social communication, listening and understanding.

We provide small group activities for children who speak English as an additional language.  We make sure that all understand that their well-being must be observed before expectations of English speaking will take place. We have sheets for parents to write home words on to enable practitioners to use keywords to help the child feel happy in the setting and their needs are met. The practitioners provide labeled pictures, routines and signs to enable children to feel safe and confident to communicate if they do not wish to or are not at the speaking stage. 

We use basic Makaton signs throughout the nursery, using a variety of strategies and resources such as sensory play to help children who may have additional needs or learning difficulties. 

We work closely with the specialist teaching staff at St Nicholas school. Our Kent County Council support advisers, local speech and language specialists, deaf and hearing impairment advisers and occupational therapists.

We will pass on any information to new settings, schools and other professionals regarding the children to assist with smooth transitions.

When targeted and personalised plans are completed they will be done with the information known about the child's likes and interests. If able to, we will also get the child to input into the plans. These are shared with the parents, so that all support for the child is aiming for the same goals. 

We try to support all children who may be struggling emotionally or socially. We often hold family events to reach out to families who may feel isolated.

We can offer medication which is only prescribed for the child.  This is done with consent of the parent, countersigned and administered by two staff to ensure mistakes are not carried out. 

We offer support to parents where we can, signposting them to specialist services or trying to find out what support is available.   

We have three qualified Sencos, two Early Years Teachers and all our staff are qualified between level 2 up to level 4 in Early Years Education.  We will invite you in to discuss if your child needs any additional support. We will then speak to you every 6-8 weeks to discuss your child's development and their targets for the term ahead. 


All children are invited to our trips and extra staff will be bought in to help with additional support. Practitioners will endeavour to arrange a visit initially to risk assess the environment. Parents will be invited to come along also.

The environment is set out so activities and experiences can be enjoyed by all children as and when they choose. If physical restrictions mean that a child cannot access these then staff will adjust the environment to suit.

Hearing, sign language and the environment training have been completed by most of the practitioners. The gardens are open for all to enjoy, some hurdles may be obvious, however, children are helped to overcome these.

We have wheel chair friendly doorways, and toilets which can be used to allow independence and dignity for most children. We aim to allow accessibility for all with a degree of independence. 

Parents and Carers are invited to main trips or days out, we like to include our families so they can feel comfortable with us. Parent surveys are sent out each year to request shared ideas for events or outings. 

On transition to school or another setting, We will do our best to have a visit into the setting of the child's new teacher. Will provide transition documents and a one page profile to ensure that the new key person has some insight to our knowledge of the child.

Specific meetings are arranged for children who have additional needs with the SENCO from our setting and  the new setting they are transferring to.

We arrange a school leavers meeting to support parents with this transition, discussing the skills which are needed to ensure that their child feels confident with their next phase of education. 

Each year we ask parents to complete a parental questionnaire. The results are shared and any points needing adjusting are put into an action plan and addressed.

We speak regularly to SEN specialists in order that we are providing correctly and to suit the needs of the community.

We have regular Senco meetings and senior meetings in order that we keep plans and actions up to date.

We attend regular training and LIFT meetings to extend and keep up to date with our statutory requirements and good practice. We provide in house training and support for all practitioners as often as possible.

Parents are invited to comment on our Facebook page and make suggestions, to help with fundraising and be part of our community.

Please feel free to contact any of the office team Sally, Dawn or Michelle by email or by telephone. If the Senco is needed to be present at the initial meeting this can be arranged to suit. 


Through daily conversation.

Through Email

THrough our closed facebook page.

Through parent’s consultations

Through Parent zone app.

Through parent facebook.

Through parent committee.





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