01732 353486
8 Brook Street Tonbridge TN9 2PJ

About

Oaklands Day Nursery is a private day care nursery located in Tonbridge, conveniently located for both local residents and commuters. Our beautiful converted house and spacious garden allow us to foster our ethos of providing our children with a ‘home from home’ environment.

We are open full-time from 7:30am – 6:30pm, caring for children from 3 months to 5 years.

Our philosophy is that every child we care for deserves a calm, caring, safe and stimulating environment in which to learn.

Family rooms, an excellent outdoor area and the appetising smell of home cooking all combine to help children settle quickly and happily in the secure and homely atmosphere of our comfortable Edwardian house.

We welcome children of all abilities and from a variety of backgrounds, colours and creeds. We have welcomed children from French, African, Dutch, Italian and Spanish families. The children enjoy learning about different cultures and languages.

There is no such thing as an “average child” and we take care to respect, care for, and provide for each unique individual. Our primary goal is that every child should progress to school with a positive self-image, equipped with the necessary social, emotional, physical and intellectual skills to ensure a happy transition to school life and beyond.

Activities are carefully planned to guide a child towards achievement of Ofsted’s Early Learning Goals in

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Communication, Language and Literacy
  • Problem Solving, Reasoning and Numeracy
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World
  • Physical Development
  • Creative Development

Play is a child’s work, through which he/she learns. Our children enjoy a combination of planned and structured activities with their Key Person and Free Play sessions which develop their independence and ability to make choices. Well-trained adults are always present in Free-Play sessions to observe and unobtrusively help to extend and develop the children’s skills.

Activities include cooking, modelling, painting, scissor work, drawing, sewing cards, sand and water play, messy play, domestic play, climbing and balancing, running, jumping and gardening. We are well-equipped with computers and the skills of the children outshine those of some of the staff!

Children love music and music plays an important part in a child’s development and Nursery life. We are very fortunate to have two qualified teachers on our staff, one of whom is a competent musician.

Through their “Learning through Landscapes” programme Ofsted is keen for indoor play to extend easily and freely into outdoor play. We agree enthusiastically because outdoor play is essential for good health and physical development. Our big garden is well-equipped with climbing frames, slides and playhouses. We have installed artificial turf and a large canopy so that the children can enjoy outdoor activities all year round.

Nature provides a constantly-changing scene and children enjoy planting seeds, caring for them, watching them grow and harvesting the results of their efforts together with apples from the tree. Oaklands’ outdoor facilities are enviable and we take full advantage of them.

The children enjoy the activities provided on a weekly visit from Sporty Tots.[dcs_top]

Annual events

Sports Day is a very happy social occasion, well-supported by parents, grandparents and friends. We are always surprised by the competitive spirit—and speed— of parents once we have “persuaded” them to take part in parents’ races.

Christmas Presentation (so called because we could not think of any more appropriate description)! This takes place on a Saturday morning in early December and the staff suffer some apprehension as the only thing we can be certain of is that we have no idea what will happen when the children go “”on stage” in front of their families!

Parents’ Consultation Evenings for the older children.

Open Day for parents to be able to spend time in the Nursery, talking to staff, observing the children and the activities in which they are engaged.

  • We have a supervised entry-phone system
  • All visitors are signed in and out of the building
  • Regular risk assessments, indoors and outdoors, are conducted by senior staff
  • We have a trained Health and Safety representative
  • All our Policies and Procedures are available for parents to read
  • Staff are trained  for Safety in the Workplace
  • We have 9 qualified First Aiders

There is always a qualified First Aider on duty. Even if there is only one child left at the end of the day there will be a First Aider plus another member of staff present.

Staff do not have personal mobiles with them on duty. On outings, in case assistance is required,staff are supplied with a mobile with NO camera.

New staff are carefully interviewed and references taken up. However well-experienced and “well-referenced” a new recruit always works under the direct supervision of a senior member of staff and is never left alone with children until we are satisfied they meet our standards and they have been cleared by the Criminal Records Bureau.

Fire Safety

Fire alarms, fire- fighting equipment and emergency lighting are regularly checked by specialists. Evacuation procedures are regularly carried out and results recorded.

Our staff receive regular training to ensure that they remain up-to-date. The majority hold Paediatric First Aid qualifications and are confident in dealing with children with ongoing medical conditions such as asthma, and severe allergies.We have a designated Special Needs Co-ordinator.[dcs_top]

Fees are reviewed annually and parents receive at least one month’s notice of any increases which normally take effect on January 1st.

To help with the cost of childcare, government funding is available for up to 15 hours nursery attendance weekly. Also, we accept Nursery Vouchers from (both)parents’ employers.

Full details are available from our office.

John Tomlinson
Managing Director
Michelle Aston
Manager
Joined Oaklands in 1994. She holds the Level 4 qualification in Childcare, Leaning and Development.
Liza Smith
Senior Nursery Officer And Room Leader
Liza joined us in 2008. Before that however, she gained work experience with us during her childcare placement as a student. She currently runs our first floor and is responsible for our Squirrels and Rabbits groups.
Sine Reed
Room Leader
Sine joined us in 2013 straight from school and currently leads the Robins group. She holds the CACHE Diploma in Early Years. Sine is in the process of completing a formal Leadership qualification. She is responsible for 2 staff.
Maxine Goodfellow
Nursery Nurse
Joined us in 1999. Max assists Dani in the Foxes group and updated her qualification from HNC to the Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce.
Lottie Jenner
Nursery Nurse
Joined the Oaklands team in 2010 and holds the CACHE Level 3 Diploma. Before that however, she gained work experience with us during her childcare placement as a student. She currently works with Inga in our Pre-school room.
Zoe Leigh
Nursery Nurse
Joined us in 2013 and hold the CACHE Level 2 Certificate. She is our Supernumerary and assists in any of our groups in times of staff absences.
Inga Page
Deputy Manager And Room Leader
Began working at Oaklands in 1998 . Her qualification at the time was NAMCW Advanced but she renewed her qualification in 2012 by completing her Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce to reflect changes to the EYFS Statutory Framework. She currently runs our Pre-school 1 group.
Inga is our SENCo and has many years of experience in this field, liaising with outside agencies, attending LIFT meetings and coordinating educational/care plans as required.
Danielle Hammond
Room Leader
Dani is currently taking some time to do some travelling but will be back and joining us again soon.
Jasmin Kingswood
Nursery Nurse
A relative newcomer and latest addition to our team! Jasmin quickly settled into our family and the Robins group under Sine’s leadership. She holds the Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Childcare and Education.
Paul Paterson
Nursery Chef
Paul is responsible for the management of the nursery kitchens, organising, preparing and delivering nursery meals in accordance with the nursery menus, food policies and individual dietary requirements.
Angela Carr
Senior Nursery Officer And Room Leader
Joined us in 1995 at our Nursery in North Tonbridge as an assistant. She later qualified and holds the CACHE Level 3 Diploma. Angela is Room Leader in our Pre-School 2 group.
Janet Bridger
Nursery Nurse
Janet joined us in 2000 and holds a Level 3 qualification in Childcare and Education. She currently works with Becky in our Rabbits room caring for our very youngest children.
Debbie Cole
Nursery Nurse
Has worked at Oaklands since 2008. She has assisted across the entire age spectrum over the course of this period and currently assists in the Rabbits group.
Jess Streeton
Nursery Nurse
Joined us in 2014 and has since gained her CACHE Diploma in Children and Young People’s Workforce. She currently assists Sine in the Robins group.
Lizi Wiltshire
Nursery Nurse
Lizi joined the team in 2015 having previously worked at another local nursery and currently assists Angela in our Foxes group. Previously she had a responsibility for all matters concerning Special Educational Needs. Liz is trained in the Children and Young Peoples’ Workforce Diploma.