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Sevenoaks Day Nursery

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Sevenoaks Day Nursery CIO
Rear of Sevenoaks Community Centre
Otford Road, Sevenoaks TN14 5DN
Tel: 01732 460384  Email: nursery.admin@sdn.org.uk
Reg Charity:1162242, Ofsted:RP536593

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Our ethos here at Sevenoaks Day Nursery ensures a very healthy mix of children:- different backgrounds, countries, cultures and abilities.  That’s the way we like it and that’s the way our parents and children down the years have liked it too!

Places become available throughout the year, although the peak time is September, so it’s always worth a call.

Opening times

We’re open from 8am to 6pm, five days a week, 51 weeks a year.  We’re closed on Bank Holidays and during Christmas Week.

Places

We have around 60 children on our roll and 40 places per day. We only offer full-year, full-day places and a minimum of two days a week.  We don’t offer sessional or term time only places.

Ages

Children can join us from 8 weeks old until they leave for school (in Kent this is in the September following a child’s fourth birthday).

School Structure

We have three separate rooms: Baby Room, Toddler Room and Classroom.  Each is staffed with permanent staff (we rarely use temporary staff) and each is headed up by at least one Deputy Supervisor.  We have a separate Club Room which is used during the school holidays for those who are still at Primary School.

Fees

Our fee (from 1 September 2019) is £42 a day.  This includes three meals, but not nappies, wipes etc.  Our Club fee is £30 a day, which also includes meals.

Applying for a place

We expect parents to visit us before making a choice, so we will provide an application form during this visit (there’s a copy of our application form on the Useful Information page).

Reserving your place

If a place is available that suits your start date and other requirements then you may reserve it by signing a contract and paying a deposit of two weeks’ fee.  This is not refundable, but will be credited to your account and be available to part-pay your first invoice.  A copy of our contract can be found on the Useful Information page.

Waiting List

If a place is not available, then you may be added to our waiting list.

Admissions Policy

Our admissions policy contains full, detailed information.

Settling-in period

We generally expect to ‘ease’ a child into nursery life during a settling-in period, agreed with the parents.  We do not charge for this.  Full details can be found in our settling-in policy.

Funding

We accept Free for Two, Universal and Extended Entitlements.  We accept childcare vouchers and are registered with the Government’s Tax-Free Childcare.

Enquiries

If you are interested in a place at Sevenoaks Day Nursery please write to us:-

admissions@sdn.org.uk


Admissions


A note about the availability of places


We're a charity; we keep our fees low to make it affordable and in some cases of real hardship we don't charge fees at all.  The only way we can achieve this is to keep the Nursery full, every day.  And if there's an empty place, then we'll be losing £42 every day.  So, for example, we can't keep an available place unfilled for six months because it means we won't earn anything for that period.  Having said that, I have known parents pay for a place long before their child has taken it up.

Lots of places become available during the Summer as the older children leave for school.  Obviously we know well in advance who will be leaving and roughly when (some parents like to spend the last few weeks before school together), so we can plan ahead.

Places also become available throughout the year because parents’ circumstances change (new job, new spouse, new house), but even though it always happens, these are ad hoc and cannot usually be planned for (parents only have to give four weeks’ notice).

So if you want a place for your baby in six months it will only happen if, at that time, one of our babies is leaving or another is ready to go up to Toddlers and there is space in the Toddler Room because someone has left or because a toddler is ready to go up to the Classroom where there is space because someone has left!

If we sometimes seem rather vague and non-committal about your child’s future at our Nursery I hope you’ll understand why.