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Farm Work Play

Farm Work Play is located on an idyllic hilltop between the towns of Faversham and Whitstable.


Opened in June 2017, we are a full-day care, year-round, all-weather nursery.

Our aim is to give children a chance to take part in liberating experiences that are harder to come by in modern classrooms: climbing trees, digging holes, and making dens.

We are all about spontaneous, unstructured, and risky play. Space to move and explore is important to us, and so is fresh air, free play, and exposure to the natural world.

We give children the opportunity to grow up with a sense of freedom, cultivating their independence, confidence, whilst establishing a deep connection to their natural surroundings.

Come rain or shine, we nurture the curiosity and wonder that children naturally possess, at a pace that is as individual as they are.

Your children feel supported, loved, and protected in our home-from-home atmosphere. So here we are. A free-range pasture where free-range kids can learn and play together.

We hope you will join our growing Farm community.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Louise Harrison
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
01227 752 777

Where to go

Monkshill Farm
Monkshill Road
ME13 9EH


Monkshill Farm, Monkshill Rd ME13 9EH. Turn off the Thanet Way (Starbucks/BP - Costa/Shell) and head up the road that takes you in the direction of Graveney/Goodnestone. 

You will be on Monkshill Rd. At the bottom of the drive there are large green signs proclaiming Monkshill Farm. Park in the large car park on left at top of drive and then head into the farmyard looking for signs for the Education Block.

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 3 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 7am 6pm
Tuesday 7am 6pm
Wednesday 7am 6pm
Thursday 7am 6pm
Friday 7am 6pm

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Our prices include breakfast
hot lunch
supper and snacks throughout each session.
Under three Over three
Full day 8-5pm - £56 Full day 8-5pm -£53
Half day 8-1pm - £40 Half day 8-1pm - £38
School day 9-3pm - £47 School day 9-3pm - £44
Early and late sessions - £8 ph
Extra late 6pm -7pm - £15ph

£8 Flexible/drop in sessions Per hour
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 53
5 8 53
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Cot Room, Swing, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Trampoline, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Languages, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Internet Connection, See-Saw, Ball Pit, Sensory Room, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Climbing Ropes

We cater to additional individual needs, including dietary, medical, developmental and educational needs. To ensure your child is in safe hands, all staff will have or be undertaking Paediatrics first aid, Safeguarding and Allergy training within their first 3 months. 

We work closely with the Inclusions and Equality team and our manager has a Diploma in advanced special education. Both manager and deputy manager have completed SENCO training.

We are fully inclusive with our funding, offering free for two and the new 30-hour funding where eligible.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
22/01/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
28/11/2018Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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)

The early years funding can seem complicated and we hope that the information provided is helpful, but we understand that it may not answer all of your specific questions. If you are still feeling a bit bamboozled, please don’t hesitate to call the office and we will happily talk you though the best options for your family.

There are 3 Government funding schemes available.

Free for 2 funding:

570 hours of funded childcare is available for qualifying families from the term following  a child’s 2nd birthday. This can be taken as 15hrs per week over 38 weeks or 12hrs per week over 48 weeks.  Subject to eligibility and availability.

Universal Funding

570 hours of funded childcare is automatically available for all families in England, from the start of the school term following your child’s 3rd birthday. (January, April, September)

You can choose to use your 570 hours over 38 weeks (term time) at 15 hours per week or stretch those over 48 weeks at 12 hours per week.

Extended Funding – up to 24 Hours per week:

An additional 570 hours of funded childcare is available for eligible working families in England, from the start of the next school term following your child’s 3rd birthday. (January, April, September). A family eligible for extended funding and using their universal funding will have a total of 1,140hrs over the year.


Please note that Farm Work Play is a year-round setting that is open 51 weeks a year. Families accessing universal and extended funding, can opt for Term Time or Stretched hours.


To confirm if you are eligible you will need to register for the funding through the Government website before the start of the next school term. You will receive an 11-digit code which you must provide the nursery for us to process your claim.


To keep your extended hours funded childcare place, you need to revalidate your details every 3 months, (please register for the text alert), if you do not revalidate your details it may lead to your funding being withdrawn and you will be liable for the full cost of the childcare.

 The 2020/2021 KCC funded hourly rate is:

2 year old – £5.18 per hour

3/4 year old – £4.14 per hour.

Farm Work Play’s Funded Sessions

At Farm Work Play we understand that the cost of childcare to a family is a significant expense, and we are committed to offering flexible options to suit all our families. The Government funding offer is designed to only cover the cost of delivering the core early years foundation stage framework. To allow us to offer fully funded sessions with no additional costs we have a package of set times available throughout the week. Alternatively, families can elect to use our flexi-funding package.

Fully funded sessions

Fully funded sessions with no additional charges are available from:

  • Universal funded sessions 1-4pm Monday – Friday
  • Extended funded sessions 9-12pm and 1-4pm Monday – Friday

Families opting for fully funded sessions are asked to provide their child/ren with a healthy snack in line with our healthy eating policy, as well as nappies and wipes.

Flexi-funding package. 

For families looking for more tailored approach to using their funded hours we can offer our flexi-funding package. This package allows you to select the sessions you use based on your individual family needs, and give you access to the following additional benefits:

  • Homecooked seasonal meals and snacks
  • Choice of term time or year-round sessions
  • Enhanced holiday discounts for children attending year round
  • Session swaps*
  • Reduced notice period to increase or decrease weekly sessions*
  • Programme of activities such as, football, forest school, cooking, gardening and yoga not included in the EYFS (these are reviewed each term.)
  • Online learning journals that you can access at any time
  • Eco wipes
  • Nappies
  • Sun cream
  • Use of all-in-one puddle suits

This package includes a service charge. Please refer to our current price list for costs, these costs are reviewed annually.

*Available with 14 days’ notice.

Funded hours may not be used outside the hours of 8-5pm Families needing earlier or later hours than this will be charged at the normal rate, please refer to our current pricelist.

Important information regarding funding

  • For all funding you will need to complete a parental declaration form each term and show the setting your child’s birth certificate or passport.
  • For claims where funding has been submitted but later found to be ineligible, hours that have been used will be invoiced at our hourly rate (see current price list) and charged an administration fee of £20.
  • For families using more than one childcare provider to claim their full entitlement, Farm Work Play will contact the other provider to ensure funding is being allocated correctly.

For further information on all funding please visit


Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

Working closely with parent/carers from the first visit, establishing excellent partnership with parents is crucial to giving children the best possible start. Our team establish children's starting points alongside parents during their settle sessions before starting their journey with us. We have an open door policy and invite parents to attend open days/parent meet ups.

Their individual journey is tracked through play and observation's, using these we establish their next steps. Our next steps are delivered in two ways

  • Continuous next steps-extending what the child can already do/providing opportunities to promote ability and confidence. 
  • Meaningful next steps- taken from the progress tracker, next steps are created where children are both above and below expectation for their age and stage of development

We work closely with outside agencies alongside the parents to gain the best possible support for all involved in the children care. We have 1 designated SENCO and 2 other staff including the setting manager is also a trained SENCO with the support of the equality and inclusion team.


Your child will always receive a complete handover at the end, this will tell you everything about their day and give you both the opportunity to discuss any concern's. 

Should your child be identified with additional needs we will discuss this with you and together we will put a plan of action in place. 

Each child is treated individually and we work with the children's interest to plan activities and develop their learning. Every child will have his or her own key person who will work alongside the SENCO to ensure that an individual plan is in place and that the child/family and key person is being supported. 

We make use of the Equality and Inclusion team for advice and support and of the parents speacilist knd knowledge of their child, to put appropriate plans into place.

Our team use the Learning and Development tool set out in the EYFS to track and plan for each individual child with the support of the parents, the manager, SENCO and other relevant outside agencies.

We use lots of visual support and basic Makaton to support children's language development. Space for quiet time and lots of sensory activities and resources.

Group time and individual learning alongside well monitored free play to enable children to learn as they play in a safe environment.

We are members of Emporium plus, which allows us when available to borrow specialist furniture/resources that we may not otherwise have the funding for.

We also have our nursery library membership which enables us to borrow lots of books and story sacks to enable us to be relevant to our children at any given time, with specialist books and stories.

We work alongside other outside agencies such as the Equality and Inclusion team, Speech and Language, Portage, Health Visitors and other specialists. We will with parental permission seek out the best support for the child, family and our team to provide the best possible start. 

We make sure or team is well trained and supported throughout and a knowledgeable and confident enough to be able to deliver quality care and learning.


Your child's progress will be tracked through observations and photographs, which will added to your child's own learning journal file. We encourage our parents to be an active part of the contribution, by sharing special moments such as your child's first time or a day out. This can be done again through photographs and comments we call "Wow moments"


All our activities can be adapted to ensure every child has the same opportunities to reach their fullest potential.

Staff ratios are always in place and appropriate risk assessments are completed before any trip is taken. 

Our building is purpose built for wheelchair use and mobility difficulties. We have no steps into or in the building and wide doors throughout. 

We liaise with new settings/schools, it is important that every child has a smooth stress-free transition and we support this by inviting teachers to our setting to meet the child in a safe, familiar setting. We help prepare the children through stories and role play and provide opportunities for them to talk about how they feel. 

We aim to work alongside shared provisions such as child minders and other nurseries, with parental permission, this helps us to provide quality, continuity of care and learning for your child.


Parents are valuable in the effective assessment of our SEN provision, we ask that they be involved at every step from working together on a action plan that can be continued at both nursery and at home, and regular joint assessment on how it working and what if any changes need making. 

Regular meetings ensure that we are working towards the same goal and that the child is always at the heart of everything we do.

The nursery manager Louise Harrison

Our team are always available for parent/carers to talk and answer any questions.

We have a complaints procedure in place and our setting provides a box for compliments and complaints if you wish to remain anonymous.

We pride ourselves on good parent partnership so ideally our open-door policy means parents feel confident in coming directly to us. 

Questionnaires are set out for parents, 3 times a year and on leaving the setting.

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