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Little Explorers Kindergarten Riverside

Little Explorers Kindergarten approach is built upon the strong understanding that every child is a unique individual with a set of talents and interests to be supported and developed upon. Every child has an insatiable thirst for knowledge with unlimited potential, here at Little Explores Kindergarten we tap into this potential and support children in how to think independently, rather than what to think.


Our settings provide many exciting opportunities for learning through play with natural resources and real world materials to encourage a unique stimulating environment that provides a platform for awe, discovery and wonder in young minds.

The preschool uses the the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum to support learning holistic within our indoor and outdoor environment.

Our caring, professional and nurturing highly qualified staff encourage the children within our care to become confident, resilient learners,whom are critical and creative problem solvers capable of independent thought.



Who to contact

Contact Name
Theresa Callaghan

Where to go

Riverside Community Centre
Dickens Road
DA12 2JY

We take educational visits to Forest school :


Forest school is an inspirational process, that offers ALL learners regular opportunities to achieve and develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences in a woodland or natural environment with nature.

Forest school is a specialised learning approach that sites within and compliments the wider context of outdoor and woodland education.

The ethos is shared by many practitioners across the UK and beyond. Its roots reach back to early years pioneers in outdoor learning and across the sea to Scandinavia.

At Forest School all explorers are viewed as :

  • Unique and valuable
  • competent to explorer and discover
  • entitled to experience appropriate risk and challenges
  • entitled to choose, and to initiate and drive their own learning and development
  • entitled to experience regular success
  • entitled to develop positive relationships with themselves and others
  • entitled to develop a strong, positive relationship with their natural world

This learner-centred approach interweaves with the ever-changing moods and marvels, potential and challenges of the natural world through the seasons to fill every Forest School session and programme with discovery and difference. Yet each programme does also share a common principles, aimed ar ensuring that all learners experience the cumulative and lasting benefits Forest School offers.


''The best classrooms and the richest cupboards is only roofed by the sky''

Margaret McMillian


''Nature Pedagogy is an understanding of our sense of belonging to land, our sense of working with nature. There is a pedagogical shift when you move outside into nature... Its  learning with nature, not just teaching about it... nature is a powerful teacher''

Claire Warden

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 4 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:45 15:15
Tuesday 08:45 15:15
Wednesday 08:45 15:15
Thursday 08:45 15:15
Friday 08:45 15:15

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£18.00 Per session
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 5 40
5 8 40
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 4
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
20/06/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
18/06/2019Inspection (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)

We offer 30 hours funding Term Time only

Attendance is 8.45am - 11.45  &  12.15pm - 3.15pm ( Monday - Friday )

We close 11.45am - 12.15pm.

If  you require Lunch Club which is 11.45am - 12.15pm this is an additioanl service which you can opt into. 

However this service is only for a limited number of children. Due to the demand for places proirity is offered to 30 hour funded children.

The fee for Lunch Club is £6 per session and you will need to provide your child with their own packed lunch.

Service status


Local Offer


Special Needs Support

 At Little Explorers Kindergarten we have an online journal which parents / carers can access freely to view their child's progress.

Our team carry out regular child based observations including Progress Checks at age 2 yrs and at at the end of each full term a progress review.

Our curriculum covers the 7 areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage which also covers the Characteristics of Effective Teaching and Learning.

Through observations we can identify children whom may need further supprt.

Every step of the way - we fully embrace the parents within the journey and value their imput.

Every child has a Key Person who is their first point of contact.

In addition we have experienced SENCO's who will support you through this process.

We would meet with you on the first instance to discuss any concerns that we may have and together with your agreement set Targets and a Personalise Plan to be reviewed.

This will help to have a clear vision of what we are doing to support and how we will monitor and review.



We are continually adapting our provision and planning to make it accessible to all our children.

We ask for continued feedback from the children, parents / carers and through practitioners reflection.


Through the EYFS curriculum our highly experienced practitioners are able to plan individually for our children, and in group activities differentiate learning and teaching to suit each child. This comes from knowing our children and how they best learn. 

Our SENCO and Key Person will monitor and ensure the child's targets are specific and together with parents work closely together. Along with following recommendations from outside agencies involved within the process.

We can also look to see what training is available to parents if they would like further understanding.

 We support  close working relationship between families, the child's key person and SENCO.

Along with working with outside agencies for consistency of care for the well being of the child.

We regularly monitor and review the impact and progress and share with parents/ carers.

 We observe children regularly which is uploaded online for parents / carers to access freely.

Parents can also upload any news and events they too would like to share.

We have reports at the end of each full term, which parents can access  and make comments - we carry out parents meetings to discuss and agree further plans moving forward.

 We ensure that parents / carers are involved in their child's learning and development ongoing.

We complete daily risk assessments.


 Our provision as a ramp on entering the building.

All rooms and outdoor areas are on one level allowing wheelchair access.

There is a disabled toilet 

New children about to start their adventure with Little Explorers Kindergarten are offered Stay and Play session firstly. This gives the child an opportunity to meet our team and explore our provision.

There after we arrange settle sessions where they build up the time they stay based on their own experience while their becoming familiar with Little Explorers Kindergarten

We have good relationships with local schools and invite the teachers along to come and meet the children leaving to attend their school. This gives the teachers an opportunity to observe and meet the child attending their class.

Parents access our online journal to see all updates on their child's progress.

When a child leaves to attend school - their journal can be downloaded when requested and they can have this precious keep sake

Our SENCO attend Local Inclusion Meeting and Forums to ensure they are kept up to date with the most current updates.

We receive regular updates via Kent Inclusive team.

We welcome all feedback along with monitoring impact to assess our effectiveness.

 Please visit our website 


Or telephone Theresa Callaghan 

We have an open door policy.

We have a strict complaints policy that we adhere to 


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