Little Oaks Canterbury is situated in the grounds of the Kent and Canterbury Hospital we are registered for children aged 3 months to 11 years, we cater for children of parents who work for the NHS as well as children in the wider community. We are open 7am till 6pm 52 weeks of the year, apart from the bank holidays. We have four light, bright & spacious rooms, starting with our baby room followed by our explorers room, then adventurers room and finally our pre-School room. We also run a holiday club during the school holidays for children aged 4 years to 11 years. Our outdoor garden's our very large with lots of different areas for the children to explore including a planting area, construction site, mud kitchen, cosy corner & plenty of room to ride cars, bikes & scooters. Our amazing team of 20 staff are all qualified and highly experienced, they create a wonderful welcoming, learning and fun environment for all the children in our care
Little Oaks Day Nursery
Who to contact
- Contact Name
- Chantel Keohane
- Contact Position
- Nursery Manager
Where to go
East Kent Hospitals NHS Trust, Kent & Canterbury Hospital
- CT1 3NG
When is it on?
- When is childcare available
- Open All Year
- Carescheme Age Range:
- 0 year(s), 0 month(s) to 0 year(s), 0 month(s)
- Opening Times
Opening Times Day Opening Time Closing Time Monday 07:00 18:00 Tuesday 07:00 18:00 Wednesday 07:00 18:00 Thursday 07:00 18:00 Friday 07:00 18:00
- 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 Age End Age Places 0 1 25 2 2 18 3 5 36 0 5 80 5 7 80
- Immediate vacancies?
- Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
- Vacancy range
Vacancy Range Start Age End Age Places 3 months 11 years
- Vacancy Information Last updated Date
- Computers / It, Cookery, Drama, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Team Games, Discussions / Talks, Themed Sessions, Trike, Environmental Area, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Healthy Living, Woodwork, Kitchen, Library Visits, Life Skills, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Messy Play Area, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Nursery, Outdoor Activities, Pets, Play House, Puppets, Quiet Room, Play Room, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, See-Saw, Ball Pit, Bike, Sensory Room, Soft Play Area, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Sports
We offer forest school sessions for our Pre-school children. All meals are cooked on the premises and included in our daily rates.
- Languages Spoken:
- Wheelchair Access
- Ofsted URN
- Link to latest ofsted inspection report
- Inspection history
Inspection History Inspection Date Inspection type Inspection Outcome 26/02/2013 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 15/07/2013 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good 24/04/2018 Inspection (Early Years Register) Good
Special Needs Support
How does the setting identify children with additional needs or SEND?
When your child begins at Little Oaks, they will be assigned a key person. The key person is there to support the child, make observations and progress their development through individualised activities. When a child begins at the nursery, they will have play visits where the key person will complete an 'all about me' form with the parents/carers to discover a little bit more about your child and their likes and interests. The key person will talk with you about your child’s strengths and any areas where you may have concerns.
How will I be informed / consulted about the ways in which my child is being supported?
The key person will make observations on your child each week and these will be sent to you via your child’s online learning journey on our Eylog system. Each time your child attends you will be given a verbal handover from either your child’s key person or a member of staff working in your child’s room.
How will the setting adapt the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for my child's needs?
As a setting we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage and provide the children with a wide range of activities that support your child’s learning in a range of ways. These activities can be adapted and changed to suit the needs of the individual child. The activities will target the three prime areas of development and the four specific areas. From the activities we provide we will observe, plan and assess your child’s development and move them forward by planning an appropriate next step.
Activities may be completed in small groups or on an individual basis depending on the needs of your child.
Communication and Language.
We will provide a language rich environment that is in line with the current needs of the children in the setting.
Use individual and small group activities.
Work in line with advice from speech and language therapists.
Provide visual prompts and Makaton signs.
Provide advice and ideas for parents/carers to use at home.
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
Using small targeted group or individual activities.
The Senco may attend advice workshops with other professionals to develop a network of support and advice from a range of agencies.
The Senco may attend specialist information sessions.
To build links with specialist therapists for example physiotherapists or occupational therapists.
To provide an accessible environment to meet the needs of the individual, making sure the areas are available for all.
We have a sensory room to provide a calm, quiet space for the children during the day if it is required.
There is regular access to the outside space for the children.
If your child has a specific dietary requirement, we will provide a menu that caters for this.
What teaching strategies does the setting use for children with additional needs or learning difficulties?
If your child has additional needs strategies can be put in place that cater for these. This may include changing the physical environment to make the activities easily accessible. Each room has the furniture set up to support the children’s learning and development. The furniture is moveable and changeable and can be adapted to suit the needs of the children.
What additional support does the setting provide for children with additional needs or SEND?
The setting offers a graduated approach to supporting children with SEND and this is set out in our SEND policy. The setting will make observations and set targets in relation to the child and from here we will make an assessment to see if further invention is required. This may be from outside agencies including speech and language therapists, the inclusion officer or advice from the local Early Years LIFT team. We will obtain consent from parents/carers before taking a child to LIFT, thus enabling us to seek advice and support from outside agencies. If outside agencies become involved targets will be set in the form of a personalised plan. Personalised plans are reviewed regularly, and new targets may be set if progress is being made. Regular meetings will be arranged with parents to review progress and set new targets or interventions.
How will the setting monitor my child's progress and how will I be involved in this?
Each child is allocated a key person when they begin at the setting. The key person will make observations on the children on a regular basis and these will be completed for all areas of development. Observations are shared with parents/carers via the child’s online learning journey on our Eylog system and any questions that parents/carers have regarding their child’s progress can be discussed with their key person. Activities are planned for children as individuals and next steps will be planned according to the child’s developmental needs.
How do you ensure children with additional needs or SEND can be included in the same activities as other children, including trips?
All children within the setting will be treated as individuals and activities can be adapted according to the children’s needs. Each rooms layout is designed so that all areas of are accessible to all children and these can be adapted and changed where necessary.
How accessible is the building for children with mobility difficulties / wheelchair users?
The building is set out on one level with wide accessible doors enabling wheelchair access. The rooms can be adapted to meet the needs of wheelchair and walking frame users by altering the way the furniture is set out.
How will you support my child's transition to a new setting or school?
When a child is ready to transition to a new setting or school, we will write a transition report providing the new setting with all the relevant information about your child and their progress.
How does the setting assess the overall effectiveness of its SEN provision and how can parents / carers take part in this evaluation?
We use an EYFS tracker to monitor and check children’s progress. If staffs have concerns about the development of one of their key children, they can seek advice from the Senco. The nursery holds staff meetings where staff can discuss any concerns they have regarding children in their care and then a plan can be made. The Senco will cascade new information to staff at this time too.
Who should I contact if I am considering registering for a place at the setting?
If you are considering Little Oaks Canterbury for your child then we recommend you contact our management team, Chantel Keohane - Nursery Manager and Beth Graham - Deputy Manager. We will be happy to show you and your child around the setting and provide you with the relevant information and paperwork that you need such as availability and costing.
Once a place is offered you are asked to come in for a play visit with your child to fill out paperwork and discuss any requirements your child may have. Your child will then attend a play visit on their own and once these have been completed and providing, we do not feel that your child will need any additional play visits, your child will be able to start their nursery sessions with us.
What arrangements does the setting have for feedback from parents / carers, including compliments and complaints?
As a setting we value feedback from you as parents. This may be in the form of informal verbal comments or feedback given through our anonymous questionnaires. The management team are always available for you to speak to and this maybe to alleviate any concerns you may have or share a compliment.