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The Oaks Nursery

The Oaks Nursery is a highly regarded nursery with an outstanding OFSTED rating. 

We are situated in the heart of Hildenborough village on the grounds of Hildenborough Primary School and serve children from the local community and further afield.

At The Oaks we aim to;

  • provide children with a safe, secure and caring environment where they can thrive and learn through play
  • work in partnership with parents to help our children to learn and develop
  • offer the children in our care and their parents an environment which promotes equality and values diversity.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Becky Tyler
Contact Position
01732 834401

Where to go

Hildenborough Primary School
Riding Lane
TN11 9HY

The Oaks Nursery is based in it's own building within the grounds of Hildenborough Primary School. The nursery has it's own lovely garden with a large mud kitchen, sandpit, slide and plenty of space to explore and play.

When is it on?

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

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£6.60 Per hour
ECD Type
Private Nursery School
Offers pickups
Cost details
Free Early Education Entitlement is available to all children from the term following their 3rd birthday.
Each child will be funded to a maximum of 15 hours for 38 weeks. Funding is applied to the first 15 hours that a child attends in any week. Any hours attended over 15 hours will be charged at the nursery's hourly rate.
Invoices will be sent 3 times per year at the beginning of terms 1

3 an 5. These will detail how many free hours your child is receiving plus any additional charges.

Morning sessions are 4 hours

afternoons 2.5 hours and full days 7 hours so a child attending for 1 full day and 2 mornings will attend for 15 hours and have no additional fees to pay. If a child were to attend for 4 morning sessions this would be 16 hours in total therefore 1 hour per week to pay for.

At The Oaks Nursery offers Free we also offer Free for 2 (FF2) places eligible children to a maximum of 4 children per term.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Vacancies Details
Full availability from September 22
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Trike, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, See-Saw, Bike, Kitchen, Songs, Slide, Library Visits, Stories
Other facilities information
At The Oaks Nursery we provide an environment where all children, including those with special educational needs and disability (SEND) are supported to reach their full potential.

Children are able to attend for a morning session from 8.30 - 12.30pm (4 hours), afternoon from 1.00 - 3.30pm (2.5 hours) or a full day from 8..30 - 3.30pm (7 hours).

Subject to availability children can attend for any combination of sessions however are asked to attend for a minimum of 2 sessions over 2 separate days.

For any child that is eligible the first 15 hours that they attend will be free.

In line with our admissions policy older children are given priority for the morning sessions and we recommend our younger children, particularly those that may not have been in childcare before, start with afternoon sessions which are shorter, quieter and the staff:child ratio is more favourable.

Our session fees do not include any charges for snacks which are provided by the nursery morning and afternoon. Every invoice will include a 'voluntary contribution for snack', currently £25 per term. Costs for occasional events such as entertainment and outings are also not included and requests for voluntary contributions for these will be made as appropriate.

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

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)

The Oaks Nursery is not registered to provide 30 hours entitlement.

Service status


Local Offer

The Oaks Nursery

Special Needs Support

On admission we ask you to complete our Entry Record which gives us a chance to get to know your child and their particular strengths or areas where they may need extra support. We use our yellow books to ask about your child and their interests at home. We also have a settling in session where your child comes in to play and meet the staff and other children.

The completion of the Two Year Progress Check is a statutory assessment and this may be a time when any delay in development is highlighted and can be discussed and next steps agreed.

Where appropriate and with your agreement if a development delay has been highlighted a Targeted Plan would be put in place for your child.

Our Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) is Becky Tyler. Becky will ensure that;

  • she attends relevant training to keep her knowledge up to date
  • your child's keyperson is supported to work with your child and review their progress regularly
  • observations and relevant paperwork is completed and kept up to date
  • she liaises regularly with the local Equality and Inclusion Advisor
  • referrals are made to appropriate professionals with your consent.

The SENCO will alos attend the Local Inclusion Forum Team Meetings to gain advise and make referrals to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service (STLS)

The keyperson approach is an integral part of the Early Years Foundation Stage and of our practice at The Oaks Nursery.

Your child's keyperson will be involved right from the start so that a strong and positive relationship is built with you and your child. We will involve and support you through;

  • daily informal contact at drop off and pick up
  • opportunities for meetings at your request or at the request of your keyperson throughout the year
  • Detailed Progress Records which include photos and observations of how your child is developing
  • Meetings once each term to review your child's Targeted Plan or Personalised Plan

The Early Years Foundation Stage is an educational framework which allows key persons to plan for your 'Unique Child'. We observe, assess and plan for your child using the Milestone Assessment Toolkit. We also make use of the Portage Checklist for children with complex needs.

Effective teaching and learning requires a wide range of resources appropriate to support children's development at all levels. Our SENCO will work with key persons to ensure specialist equipment is obtained where necessary. Where children are receiving support from outside agencies, it may be possible to claim extra funding to buy additional resources, staff training or support additional cover.

We use the Best Practice Guidance document to support our universal and targeted practice. Visual support is used throughout the setting and Makaton signing is being introduced.

Our environment is planned to support all children and we ensure that resources and activities can be accessed by everyone.

We use a graduated approach to support children with SEND.

If your child is not progressing with a Targeted Plan the SENCO or your child's keypersn with discuss with you the option of seeking additional support through outside agencies. Your child will be moved to a Personalised Plan and if required, with your consent, a referral would be made to the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service.

If the referral is accepted a Specialist Teacher would visit your child in the setting to provide additional guidance and may suggest further referrals to other services. The specialist teacher would support your child's transition to school. At all stages you would be kept informed of progress and will be involved in any transition meetings.

All staff at The Oaks Nursery are regularly encouraged to complete training. 

Where a child requires specialist health care a Care Plan will be agreed and put in place and any necessary training arranged for staff.

An effective key person approach is essential for all children and this is especially important for children who have special or additional educational needs. Your child's keyperson will work with you and your child in the development of your child.We will meet regularly to review your child's progress and discuss next steps.

When your child joins we will assess their level of development as a starting point. We will then do a summative assessment of your child's level of development and progress 3 times a year. If your child joins before their 3rd birthday we will also complete the Progress Check at Age 2. If this check highlights a delay we will discuss this with you and can work with the Health Visiting team to support your child.

We pride ourselves in our partnership with parents and believe that the closer we work together and share information the more beneficial it will be for your child.


A commitment to inclusive practice that enables all children to be included is at the heart of everything we do. We ensure that planned activities including walks in local surroundings and access to all resources are suitable or adapted to meet your child's needs.

We are situated in our own purpose built building on the grounds of Hildenborough School. The building can be accessed easily by wheelchair from either entrance. The outdoor area is accessible to children using wheelchairs or walking frames

The main room is one large room and reasonable adjustments can be made to allow full access for children, parents and staff. Children's toilets are accessible to all and changing facilities can be provided in the main office which is accessible to all.

Accessible parking in the car park of Hildenborough School allows for vehicles to park with easy access to the school grounds and building.

With your permission all information will be given to your child's new school or setting.

We will provide a transition report detailing developmental levels plus, if appropriate;

  • a copy of Progress Check age 2
  • Targeted Plans
  • Personalised Plans
  • Records of visit from Specialist Teacher
  • Speech and Language Reports
  • Paediatric Reports
  • OT and Physio Reports

If we believe it to be beneficial we will also arrange a meeting with your child's new school to discuss how best to support your child.


Parents and carers are invited to take part in evaluation of all of aspects of provision at The Oaks during the course of the academic year.

The Oaks Nursery operates an open door policy and parents and carers are welcome to come in at any time.

The setting regularly reviews it's practice during staff meetings, collaboration meetings, discussions with other settings at LIFT meetings and early year's surgeries, through training courses and also during annual reviews of policies and procedures.


Please contact the setting via telephone or e mail to arrange a visit. If your child has an additional need we will offer any of the following additional support;

  • care plans and / or risk assessment to be completed with the SENCO, Key Person
  • A home visit with your Portage Practitioner
  • Additional settling in sessions
  • a settling in period to suit your child
  • specialist resources and equipment to support your child
  • If your family is in receipt of DLA a Disability Access Fund application will made to support your child. The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their provision.
  • Involvement in TAC (Team Around the Child) meetings prior to your child starting.

We support all children through the Graduated Approach.
All nursery policies and procedures are available for parents to read and review. If you would like a translated version we will endeavour to provide one.

The nursery has an 'open door' policy for suggestions and welcomes constructive feedback.

Formal complaints can be made in line with the setting's complaints policy.

The Oaks Nursery prides itself on having welcomed and supported children with a wide range of additional and complex needs. We appreciate the importance of working closely with parents and other professionals to  realise and achieve the best support and outcome for your child.


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