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Nettlestead & Wateringbury Preschool & Out of School Club


Nettlestead and Wateringbury Preschool and Out of Schools Club  (NWPS)

Rated as 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in May 2018, this small village preschool located in a purpose built setting in the village of Nettlestead. We have a large covered outside play area, where the children play outside all year round! Also on our doorstep, we have a children's play park, open field and a small wooded area which is great for exploring and nature walks.

Our setting manager is L6 qualified and has over 25 years experience in early years, including working as an early years advisor and Ofsted inspector and our deputies include a qualified primary school teacher and a L3 practitioner who has worked in the setting for over 7 years.

We work closely with other agencies to ensure children's individual needs are met, including early years specialist teachers, portage and speech therapists. We can provide childcare and education for children from the age of 2yrs, and can provide up to 30 hours of funded care and education for eligible children, with no additional costs involved. We also provide funded places for eligible two year olds. 

We work in partnership with Wateringbury School, providing a 'walking bus' to and from school, as well as before and after school care. As such, we can provide 'wrap-around' care from 7.30am - 6.00pm.

The setting also offers some 'holiday care' to support working parents, however a number of our children from non-working parent families attend; the club is available for all children, including those who do not normally attend the setting. 

Who to contact

Contact Name
Deb Marks
Contact Position

Where to go

Nettlestead & Wateringbury Pre School
Maidstone Road
ME18 5ER

We provide a wide range of activities and experiences for the children that both meets their individual needs and interests and challenges their thinking. We work in close partnership with families and have worked closely with several families to support children with a range of additional needs successfully. We work closely with our local primary school, providing a walking bus service and out of school childcare. Preschool children have to opportunity to mix with primary school children, which supports their development and transition to school. Children leave NWPS confident and ready for their move into primary education. 

Telephone to make an appointment to come and look round the setting for yourself, or just pop along at any time during open hours. 

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only, Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
2 year(s), 0 month(s) to 11 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 07:30 18:00
Tuesday 07:30 18:00
Wednesday 07:30 18:00
Thursday 07:30 18:00
Friday 07:30 18:00
Other Availability
Funded places are term time only, however, we run Holiday Clubs most school holidays, therefore care is available most of the year.

Other Details

ECD Type
Offers pickups
Schools covered
Wateringbury CEP School
Breakfast Club from 7.30 and Walking Bus to School and Walking Bus from to School to Afterschool Club, until 4.30/6pm
Cost details
Breakfast Club and Walking Bus to School £6.50
Preschool Session:
9am to 12 noon £17.40
noon to 3pm £17.40
Afterschool Club;
Walking Bus & Afterschool Club to 4.30pm £6.50
Walking Bus & Afterschool Club to 6pm £12.00
Walking bus only £2.50
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Vacancies Details
Please contact the preschool to ascertain the current vacancies
Places Range
Places Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 2 16
3 5 24
0 5 24
5 7 24
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
2 11
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Outdoor Adventure Play Area, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Dance, Nursery, Discussions / Talks, Outdoor Activities, Environmental Area, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Trampoline, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Play Room, Visits and Outings, Walks, Sandpit, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Woodwork, Refreshments, Books, Sign Language / Makaton, Internet Connection, See-Saw, Bike, Kitchen, Car Parking, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Library Visits, Stories, Life Skills, Library - Storytimes For Pre-School Children

Our setting is able to cater for all children and their families; if your child has specific needs, please do contact the setting to discuss how we can support you.

Please see our 'local offer' below to see how our setting can meet the needs of your child and family. 

Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
14/05/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
15/10/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
10/06/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
09/05/2017Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

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)

Eligible children can access up to 30 hours of funded childcare a week, with no additional cost involved. We can provide up to 10hrs a day from 7.30am-6pm. Eligible two year olds can access up to 15 hours of funded childcare a week. 

Service status


Local Offer


Our setting will cater for all children aged from 2yrs to 11yrs. If your child has specific needs please contact the setting to discuss how we can support your childcare needs. 


Please see the section below as to our Local Offer arrangments in place to meet the needs of all children. 

Nettlestead and Wateringbury Preschool and Out of Schools Club

Special Needs Support

The setting has extremely experienced staff who have worked in a variety of roles. Our manager has over 25 years knowledge and experience; she has worked as a childminder,  qualified early years practitioners, qualified tutor (teaching early years and childcare qualifications), qualified assessor, early years advisor for the local authority, where she supported providers in the early identification of possible 'Special Education Needs' and how to support them. More recently, she has worked as an early years Ofsted inspector. Our deputies include a primary school teacher and an experienced L3 practitioner, who has worked in the setting for over 7 years. 

Our staff members are all qualified; they are closely monitored and supported to ensure children with SEN are identified as early as possible. The manager works in the setting with the children to ensure she is aware of their developmental needs and can raise concerns if necessary. We work particulary closely with our parents; as such parents understand we have an 'open door' policy and feel comfortable speaking to staff members about any concerns they may have. 

Our settling in process enables staff to gain information from parents; allows parents to speak freely about all aspects of their child's development and care needs to ensure we can best support them across all aspects. Initial observations and information from parents allow the setting to identify the child's starting points, from which we can then plan. It may be apparent immediately the child has additional needs or SEND, and as such we would ensure we had all the necessary information, training, resources and support in place to meet their needs. 

The setting has worked tirelessly to support children with additional needs and SEND and has been extremely successful in helping children develop to their full potential; we have high expectations for all children in our care and continually evaluate our processes and arrangements to ensure we help all children, including those with additional needs and SEND.  

Providing the setting is able to meet the care and educational needs of a child fully, and the parent is confident in our practice, the setting would cater for all types of needs. 

 The setting prides itself on it's communication with parents; we speak to parents on a daily basis, we have daily diaries in place, hold consultation meetings with parents and have an 'open door' policy for parents to speak with any member or staff, including the manager. Whilst each child has a 'key person' who is responsible for planning for their key children's care and developmental needs, the overall educational programme including individual planning is overseen by the manage who is also the setting SENCO. 

The 'key person' is parent's first point of contact and the person who will work with their child, however, the care and education of all children, including those with additional needs or SEND is the responsibility of all staff. As staff communicate with parents on a daily basis, parents are kept informed every day about their child's development and concerns staff may have. If additional needs or SEND are identified and the setting feel it is best to put 'targeted' support into place, parents would be consulted and invited to attend a meeting with the SENCO/key person to discuss concerns and how it can be supported both in the setting and at home. Where necessary, external agencies/support with be sourced to ensure the best possible outcome for the child. 

The setting reviews and evaluates a child's targeted support regularly and judges it's effectiveness by the child's progress. If the child is not progressing, then the educational support with be adjusted, further support with external agencies will be sought to ensure arrangements to support the child are effective. 

The setting has been extremely successful in supporting children with additional needs and SEND and works tirelessly to ensure every children leaves the setting with the best possible outcome, ready for their next steps in learning. 


Please speak to the setting should you require information relating to this section. 

 The setting uses a range of strategies to meet individual needs, including visual support aids with all children in the setting and specific to those with additional needs and SEND, including Makaton and British Sign Language.



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 The setting has a ramp and toilet for those with mobility difficulties. 

The setting works with receiving schools, parents and SEN specialist, as required to support children's transition to a new setting or school. 

Please speak to the setting should you require information relating to this section. 

 Please speak to the setting should you require information relating to this section. 

 Please contact the setting or just pop in when we are open. 

The setting has a 'complaints' procedure in place that is available for parents. However, the setting is proactive in seeking the views of children and their families throughout the time they are with us. 

An 'open door' policy ensures parents are able to speak to a member of staff or management at any time should they have concerns - any concerns are taken very seriously and are addressed. We also receive positive feedback in the same way; parents regularly speak to staff members and management about how happy they are with the service we are providing.  The setting is aware that parents are exceptionally happy with the care and education their child receives, because they tell us so, and so do the children - it is important to us that we consult with the children to ensure we are meeting their needs. 

The setting in proactive in gaining the views of parents and carers, both positive and constructive! If parents have any concerns about the setting, we hope they feel they can speak to anyone at any time. The setting also sends out questionnaires, feedback slips are available in the reception area and a postbox, feedback forms are included with children's reports and when children's folders are sent home and the setting holds parent consultation evenings, to ensure parents are given every opportunity to give feedback. Parents/carers can also contact via our website, Facebook, email or telephone. 

Any concerns or misunderstandings are addressed by the manager. 




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