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Busy Bees Day Nursery at Maidstone Allington

Day Nursery

Who to contact

Contact Name
Heather Dodds
Contact Position
Centre Director
01622 756667

Where to go

Ash Grove
ME16 0AB

Our small nursery is set in a peaceful area of Allington just on the outskirts of Maidstone, in the grounds of Palace Wood junior school. Our nursery is split into 3 different age groups including separate cozy sleep room for our under 2 year old's. the nursery has a homely feel to support children and families mainly from the local community. Our extensive outside space is a firm favourite of our current children and families, We have 4 individual outside spaces including a separate baby garden and large outside garden with climbing frame, mud kitchen, chatter house and more. We would love to welcome you to be part of our family here, you should find all you need on the website and our parent pack, if you would like to come and see our facilities then please do book a visit

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Term Time Only, Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
1 year(s), 2 month(s) to 3 year(s), 4 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 or see attached fee sheets.
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy range
Vacancy Range
Start AgeEnd AgePlaces
3 months 4 years 47
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Paddling Pool, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Team Games, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Pets, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Parks/playgrounds, Puppets, Water Play, Games / Puzzles, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Help With Homework, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Healthy Living, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Sensory Room, Bike, Kitchen, Songs, Sleeping Area, Library Visits, Stories, Life Skills, Christian Based Ethos

We understand that choosing a nursery is one of the first important milestones in your child’s life and we are here to support you on this exciting journey

Here at Busy Bees we are always eager to provide a happy, smooth and memorable transition into nursery for every child when they start with us, that’s why we offer all new starters a bespoke settling in package tailored to each individual child and family, completely free of charge. Your child's key person will work together in partnership with you so that your journey with Busy Bees is positive from the very beginning.

During your settling in sessions, we aim to understand everything about your child such as their current routine, how they like to be comforted, if they have a special comforter, a favourite story or activity they enjoy. Throughout your child’s time at nursery, their key person will always take into account their needs and interests and provide activities that promote learning through play. Every nursery has access to UP which is an innovative, exciting, flexible early years learning programme and unique to Busy Bees, as a Busy Bees parent you also have exclusive access to this app


Languages Spoken:
Wheelchair Access
Wheelchair access details
Yes ramp access to the main door. The building is also on one level.

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended 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)

Funded Childcare
We offer government funded places for children aged 3 to 4 years, please speak to the Centre Director for more information

Free for 2 funding

We also offer a limited number of free for 2 funded places for those who are eligible, this is offered on a rolling pattern and children may start mid term. please speak to the centre director for more details

Support with Childcare Costs

Free for 2 (families with 2 year olds receiving additional forms of government support)?
Universal Entitlements
Working Parents Entitlement

Service status


Local Offer


Special Educational Needs and Disability - The Centre Director is supported by a named Special Educational Needs Coordinator.  All SENCos are experienced, Level 3 qualified practitioners who are able to support children, their families, the Key Person and the entire staff team in relation to SEND provision across the centre.

Special Needs Support

Special Educational Needs (SEN): We use definitions provided by the Special Educational Needs and Disability Code of Practice: 0 to 25 years (2015) as detailed below: • A child or young person has SEN if they have a learning difficulty or disability which calls for special educational provision to be made for him or her • For children under two years of age, special educational provision means educational provision of any kind

For children aged two or more, special educational provision is educational or training provision that is additional to, or different from, than that made generally for other children or young people of the same age • A child under compulsory school age has special educational needs if he or she is likely to fall within the following definition when they reach compulsory school age or would do so if special educational provision was not made for them • A child of compulsory school age or a young person has a learning difficulty or disability if he or she: • Has a significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of others of the same age, or • Has a disability which prevents or hinders him or her from making use of facilities of a kind generally provided for others of the same age in mainstream schools or mainstream post-16 institutions A child is of compulsory school age at

If further support is needed, the Key Person, Centre Director and/or the Centre SENCo will meet with the child’s parent to agree on long term aspirations and required outcomes, that can be broken down into short term targets. These targets will be based around individual interests with an acknowledgement that children are entitled to learn in their own way whilst enjoying the same learning experiences as their friends. Targets will be reviewed regularly on a time scale agreed with parents. This will be dependent on the support provided, but always within twelve weeks. Reviews will be shared with the parents for their comment and input.

Inclusive Practice Commitment to inclusion can be demonstrated through whole centre approach and our intention is that parents, children and the wider community are able to experience this through: • Communication and relationships with our Centre Directors and staff teams • Policies and procedures • Partnership working • Positive representation • Planning and assessment with relevant and suitable targets and outcomes • Resources • Learning through play • The Environment • Equal opportunities • Our reasonable adjustments • Supporting behaviour respectfully

Disability Access Fund (DAF)

Disability Access Fund (DAF) introduced in April 2017, provides funding to support children with disabilities or special educational needs. The DAF aids access to early years places by, for example, supporting providers in making reasonable adjustments to their provision.

The DAF has been extended to include eligible two-year-olds until September 2023.

Two-year-old children may be eligible for DAF if they meet the following criteria:

- The child is in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and

- The child receives Free Early Education places for 2-year-olds known in Kent as the Free for Two or 'FF2' scheme.

Please speak to one of team if you would like to discuss this funding further.



Did you know your childcare provider may be entitled

to £302 additional funding to further support the education of your child?

If your child is three or four years old, childcare providers can claim up to £302 per year to spend on enriching your child’s education. The funding is called Early Years Pupil Premium (EYPP).

How this could help your child?

It will help your child to:

• Benefit from extra resources and equipment suited to their needs

• Enjoy a range of new play, learning and activity experiences

• Be better prepared for starting school


Starting School we understand the importance of each child in England and Wales feeling confident to start primary school in the September after their fourth birthday. We support children so that that they are socially and emotionally ready for the school environment with the skills in place to negotiate a classroom, manage new friendships, navigate the playground and meal times. If it is felt that some additional support is required to aid the transition to school, then the Centre Director and Centre SENCo will ask to meet with the child’s parents to discuss ways in which their son or daughter may be supported.


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