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The Lodge Nursery School


The Lodge Nursery School is a truly unique, well established privately run Nursery School. The Lodge team of teachers are experienced, passionate educators who work together to uphold the high-quality, nurturing environment that is The Lodge. The Lodge was established in 1978, relocating to our present premises in 1992. We are proud to say that we have a fantastic reputation with the families and schools we work with. Our teachers enjoy working at The Lodge and our staff turnover is very low. This has allowed us to build a fantastic, cohesive team. Our environment balances a routine that encourages our children to flourish, daily age-appropriate adult-initiated lessons and activities delivering our EYFS curriculum, with a well-planned play environment. Every child starts everyday with their Key Person, giving parents and the Key Person the opportunity to discuss each child, and children to enjoy focused time with their Key Person. Our children and parents love the balance we strike between adult-led activities and learning and child-initiated play and activities. We have great relationships with our families and many past pupils/families keep in touch and send their own children to The Lodge for us to nurture and cherish. Our Parent Representatives arrange regular opportunities for The Lodge parents to meet up and we invite parents in to the school several times a year for special occasions and celebrations. We also have a rota so parents can volunteer to spend a morning with us if they like. We have excellent links with local schools. Schools have fed back that they very much enjoy receiving children from The Lodge, who are fully prepared for school and move on with enthusiasm and excellent social skills.


Who to contact

Contact Name
Amelia Clark
Contact Position
07999 893 465

Where to go

Sevenoaks United Reformed Church
St. Johns Road
TN13 3LW

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), month(s) to 4 year(s), month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 9:00 12:30
Tuesday 9:00 12:30
Wednesday 9:00 12:30
Thursday 9:00 13:00
Friday 9:00 12:30

Other Details

ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
Cost details
Please see our website for our table of fees.
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
We offer a September intake
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 35
3 5 35
0 5 35
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
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
01/11/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

The Lodge Nursery School is committed to ensuring that all children who attend the setting enjoy a broad, balanced and relevant experience which meets individual needs.  The title Special Needs is taken to mean needs outside the normal range in any curriculum, physical or social aspect of the child’s development. 

It is our aim that all children with Special Educational Needs (SEN) be identified and assessed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible, so that we can provide an experience that is matched to their needs and ability, thus providing the opportunity for them to reach their full potential in a supportive, caring and inclusive environment.

The Lodge Nursery School has regard to The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014, The Statutory Framework for the Foundation Stage 2014, The Children and Families Act 2014 and The Best Practice Guidance for the Early Years. We provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunities for all children.

Children are entitled to have their needs identified, assessed and addressed at the earliest opportunity. Our Key person system, which includes observations, record keeping, forming Individual Education Plans, evaluating and reviewing, assists in the development and progress of all children.  We work closely with parents and ensure they are involved at all stages.

We will ensure that the wishes and permission of parents/carers will be taken into consideration regarding all aspects of assessment, provision and intervention.  We will always work in partnership with parents/carers.  We acknowledge that you know your child better than anyone.  Information you can give us about your child prior to them starting with us is invaluable to support a smooth transition from home to nursery school.  Such information can be provided on your child’s All About Me profile on Tapestry, in your child’s All About Me Booklet and when meeting your child’s key person at the induction morning. 

Our Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCO) together with the child’s key person closely follow children’s progress and, with parental permission, will liaise with outside agencies, e.g. Specialist Teaching and Learning Service, Speech and Language Therapy specialists, Health Visitors, Paediatricians, etc.  When necessary, interventions are provided which are additional to or different from those we usually provide.  We attend the Local Inclusion Forum Team (LIFT) meetings where we gain advice, hear about best practice and benefit from support of local specialists including the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service. 

We will enlist the support of outside agencies whenever necessary, following consultation with parents. 

Our practice and provision is constantly reviewed.

Staff members are encouraged to attend training courses and lectures on many Special Education Needs, some of which are available to parents.   We have a Special Educational Needs folder to assist parents if necessary.



We place a great importance on working in partnership with our families.  Your child’s key person will build a strong and positive relationship with your family.  In addition to daily handover, you have regular formal and informal opportunities to meet your child’s key person and our SENCOs to discuss your child’s learning and development.  We use Tapestry, an online learning journal system, to share observations and photos of your child’s daily experiences and learning with us.  We will work collaboratively with you on any targeted plans that we put in place to support your child. 

At The Lodge Nursery School we have high aspirations and expectations for every child irrespective of differing levels of need, including identified special educational needs and disability.  We understand that development is not an automatic process and it depends on each unique child having opportunities to interact in positive relationships and enabling environments.  At The Lodge we have a culture of high expectations that seeks to include all children in all opportunities so that they may achieve well.

We are committed to meeting the special educational needs of children and ensuring that they make progress. Children’s development can be affected by special educational needs. These children may find it difficult to learn and require additional resources and/ or more support to access the activities provided at the setting. Adaptations may need to be made to the activities offered, the equipment and the environment and out of school activities e.g. trips for pupils with special needs and/ or disabilities.  It is our aim that all children with SEN be identified and assessed as quickly and as thoroughly as possible, so that we can provide an experience that is matched to their needs and ability, thus providing the opportunity for them to reach their full potential in a supportive, caring and inclusive environment.

The Lodge Nursery School has regard to The Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice 2014, The Statutory Framework for the Foundation Stage 2014, The Children and Families Act 2014 and The Best Practice Guidance for the Early Years. We provide a welcome and appropriate learning opportunities for all children.

An appropriate learning environment is offered where a range of differentiated activities is provided, to meet individual needs. Children with Special Educational Needs or disability are able to participate in the life and activities of The Lodge to the best of their abilities whatever their need.

We provide individual programmes of support appropriate to those children who have specific problems or special abilities.

We work closely with local specialist advisers and health professionals and our colleagues at LIFT forums, utilising expertise and support. 

If it is felt that a child’s needs cannot be met at The Lodge without the support of a one-to-one helper, then we will follow KCC procedures and apply for Special Educational Needs Inclusion funding (SENIF).  If funding is available we would endeavour to find appropriate help. Funding for additional necessary equipment would also be applied for.


Our strong systems of observation and planning for children’s key interests and individual needs ensures that the child is at the centre of our planned environments, activities and play opportunities, in order to stimulate children’s enthusiasm to learn and involvement in their learning. 

Effective teaching and learning requires a wide range of resources appropriate to support children’s development at all levels.  Our SENCOs work with the childrens’ key people to ensure that specialist resources and equipment are available if required for individual children.  Where children are receiving support from outside agencies, it may be possible to attract additional funding to buy additional resources, staff training or support additional staff cover.

Our staff are experienced and their continued professional development enables the setting to support children with additional needs.  We use the Best Practice Guidance document to support our teaching and learning.  This document was written by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Services and sets out a range of teaching strategies which can be used to support children, for example, the use of visual resources and Makaton signing which are widely embedded at The Lodge.  The document is divided into universal, targeted and personalised levels to enable us to support children in the four broad areas of need.  The areas of need are identified in the SEND Code of Practice and comprise:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Cognition and learning
  • Social emotional and mental health
  • Physical/sensory difficulties

Our setting’s SEND policy sets out the graduated approach we use to support children.  See also questions above.  Robust and careful observation and tracking of every individual child enables us to put in place targeted plans to support those children who need additional support.

If your child is making insufficient progress through a targeted plan, the SENCO or your child’s key person may discuss with you the need to refer to other services to further support your child’s development, such as speech and language therapy. If your child begins to receive support from outside agencies, the targeted plan would be changed to a personalised plan to reflect strategies advised by external specialists.  We would always ask for your consent when seeking advice and support from other agencies.

Our SENCOs regularly attend LIFT and SENCO forum meetings and share any information with the whole teaching team.

Your child’s key person is responsible for guiding, monitoring and supporting the physical and emotional development of your child.  We share your child’s learning journey on Tapestry Online Learning Journal and there are regular opportunities to discuss your child’s progress and needs with your child’s key person and the SENCO.   Targeted and Personalised Plans are regularly reviewed in a meeting between your child’s key person and you.  If relevant, this review will be attended by the settings SENCO and/or other professional colleagues working with your child, such as a Specialist Teacher.  Individual appointments can be requested at any time.  We pride ourselves on our partnership with parents.

Our commitment to inclusive practice that enables all children to be included is at the heart of our work.  Your child’s key person will ensure that planned activities are suitable or adapted to meet your child’s needs, which is reflected at staff and group meetings. 

When we take outings, and whenever we have new children, we revise our health and safety risk assessments to take account of any new conditions that may cause children to be at risk. 

See also 3 above.

The Lodge is based on the ground floor of a modern Church building with wheelchair access and a disabled adult toilet.  Wherever possible we will make any reasonable adjustments to meet the needs of children, parents and staff. 

Starting primary school is a major transition in any child’s life.  At The Lodge we employ a range of activities, strategies and tools to help support children approach this new experience with some self-assurance and confidence. 

A smooth transition to school supports the personal, social and emotional development, as well as learning and future success of every child.   Our transition practice uses knowledge of children’s experiences within their family, encourages good relationships with parents and carers and offers support for continued learning at home. 

Our full Transition to Primary School policy can be viewed on our website and provides more information on the range of ways we support a smooth transition to school  We provide detailed information to parents about the activities and strategies we employ to support transitions in a Transition Booklet, which also provides information on how they can support this at home. 

The Lodge continually reflects on the effectiveness of all aspects of practice using a variety of means.  Our various self-evaluation tools include parental questionnaires annually, staff evaluations, staff supervisions, staff meetings, parent consultations, SENCO forums, LIFT meetings, collaboration meetings, review of policy and procedure, paid for external evaluation of our practice, policy and procedural reviews and feedback from our families, professional colleagues, external agencies and our local community. 

Information on registering is available on our website at  You can also contact by email.  We are very proud of The Lodge and would be pleased to meet you and show you around our setting.  In order to register, you will need to complete a registration form. 

The Lodge Nursery School has a genuine open door policy.  We seek and encourage feedback as a matter of course in correspondence with our families, as well as with visitors to our settings and the other partners and professionals we work with.  We seek formal feedback regularly.  Our complaints policy is provided to parents/carers upon enrolment and is available on our website and displayed on our noticeboard. 

We publish the findings of all formal requests for feedback on our website and noticeboard, together with actions we have taken.  We re-survey families to assess the impact of changes and improvements made.  We are delighted to say that 100% of our parents would recommend The Lodge to other families and 100% have no concerns with the way we care for their children.  100% of our parents surveyed felt that The Lodge is helping their child become responsible and independent, offers a good range of play opportunities and activities, and is well lead. 

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