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New Century Nursery

Who to contact

01304 370290

Where to go

Western Road
CT14 6RX

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), month(s) to 5 year(s), 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 Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Contact provider for details
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
0 1 12
2 2 20
3 5 24
0 5 56
5 7 56
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
23/06/2005IntegratedInadequate 1
25/06/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
06/01/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
15/03/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

On registration at the nursery we ask you to complete an ‘All about me’ form which gives us a chance to get to know your child, their interests and their particular strengths or areas where they need extra support.

Once at nursery every child is observed and activities are planned to ensure that we are helping them to develop as individuals at their own rate. Individual development is tracked using the Development Matters in the Early Years Foundation Stage document. These observations and trackers help us identify any areas where a child may require additional support.

The completion of a progress check at 2 is a statutory assessment and this may be a time when any delay in development can be discussed and appropriate next steps are identified.

Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator or SENCO Caroline Kennett. Caroline ensures that our families have the best support and resources to help with the development of your child.

Being a SENCO includes :
*Attending relevant training
*Working in partnership with parents
*Supporting your child’s key person to review your child’s progress
*Completing observations and relevant paperwork
*Liaise with the local equality and inclusion adviser
*Make referrals to appropriate professionals with your consent
*Attend the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings to gain advice and make referrals to the specialist teaching and learning Service.

Each child has a key person. The key person will be involved right from the start so that strong and positive relationships are built with your child and with you.  There are lots of ways that you can feel involved in how your child is being supported:

  • Daily informal contact
  • Opportunities for meetings at your request
  • We use a Tapestry online learning journey which set out photos and observations of how your child is developing through the year
  • Collaboration with you on any extra planning or interventions we put in place
  • Progress reports throughout the year detail your child’s next steps in line with the EYFS.

The EYFS is an educational framework which allows key persons to plan for your ‘unique child’.  We observe, assess and plan for your child in three prime areas and four specific areas. Every child is planned for on an individual basis, based on their own unique needs.  

If needed, additional support may be put in place, for example: small targeted group activities for a specific need or activities working in line with outside support for example speech and language therapists or physiotherapists.  Sometimes small changes to the environment or specialist equipment may help.


The nursery environment is carefully planned to help children give full involvement to their learning. The rooms benefit from natural light and walls are painted in natural colours and have cosy areas to create calm.

Each room is well equipped with a range of resources to suit the age range in the room. The environment and resources are carefully chosen to ensure children are given a range of learning opportunities through their play. Our SENCO will work with Key workers to make sure any specialist equipment is purchased if necessary.

All our staff are trained in Early Years practice and have a range of experience. Some staff have had specialist training to support children with additional needs and share this good practice. We are experienced at working together with outside agencies to promote the best outcomes for all children.

If your child has additional needs a targeted plan is put into place. This outlines some small steps (targets) that the key worker will work on through fun play based activities to help your child make steady progress.

The SENCO or key worker may discuss with you the need to refer to outside agencies for example, Speech and Language therapy, if your child receives this support they will move to a personalised plan.

If required, with your consent, we would refer to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STS) through the Local Inclusion Team Forum (LIFT) meeting which is held six times a year. If your referral is accepted, a specialist teacher would visit your child to provide additional support and guidance and make further referrals to other services. At all stages you will be consulted.

We are experienced at supporting children with a range of additional needs at our setting. If we receive children with a condition we are unfamiliar with, our SENCO will research information and share with staff and health professionals may come in to give us an overview.

An effective key person approach is essential for all children. The key person is responsible for guiding, monitoring and supporting the physical and emotional development of children in our care.

You will have an online login to your child’s learning journey, this will give you an insight into their time at nursery and their development within the EYFS. You can comment and upload information to the learning journey too, helping us see your child at home in their own environment.

We write a next step report for your child several times during the year which is shared with you and at 2 years old children have a statutory two year progress check. If we have any concerns at any time about the progress of your child’s development we will discuss it with you.

We pride ourselves on partnership with parents and helping every child make progress.

A commitment to inclusive practice is at the heart of our work. Your key worker will ensure all activities are differentiated to meet the needs of your child. They will work with room supervisors and the SENCO to make sure any group tasks enable all children to take part.

The setting is purpose built on one floor, each room is open plan and wherever possible we will make any reasonable adjustments.

Our pre-school staff and SENCO meet with the teachers of the new school and provide them with any necessary information. The teachers often comes to visit the children at nursery and we give the children lots of fun activities to help with the transition for example trying on school uniforms, sharing stories about going to school, school role-play. If children need additional support for transition in the past we have made books and set up extra visits to help.

The SENCO regularly refers to the Best Practice Guidance to ensure the Universal level of practice is embedded in the setting. She also attends SENCO forum meetings and EYLIFT meetings to keep up to date and share good practice. The SEND policy is regularly reviewed and we often have visits from the Equality and Inclusion Officer or Specialist Teacher Service to support us in constantly continuing to improve our provision.

If you would like to take up a place you should contact the setting directly.

Our complaints procedure is displayed in the entrance of the nursery and all copies of our policies are available at the front office.

We have a very open door policy at the office and a senior member of staff is always present. Families often comment that our staff are all very welcoming and easy to talk to.

We very much value a strong positive relationship between nursery and families and for this reason there is always someone more than happy to listen to any views.


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