Kiddiecare offers a structured/free flow routine. Our children learn through structured lessons with a balance of free choice play. We strive to offer the highest care and education for all children within a safe and caring environment.
Our experienced and dedicated staff supports children to become confident and independent, which then ensures a smooth transition into their next steps into school and education. We receive very high feedback from primary schools that when children arrive, they are independent and capable children who are ready and willing to learn and ready for school.
Our purpose-built preschool has an entrance followed by two large rooms with high quality equipment and resources. The rooms have separate educational area which will stimulate and enhance your child’s learning in all the seven area of the curriculum. Since Covid-19 has hit the world, we have taken extra precautions and expense to make our rooms more ventilated by removing a middle wall which has enables more circulation and space for children. When designing our new layout, our attention has been on safety, security, accessibility and play area. Inside our rooms, we have chosen to have wooden floors throughout.
We have natural materials to create possibilities for the children and foster their imaginative play. We carefully listen to the children’s play, how they manipulate the materials and resources and how they interact with one another, working together to solve problems or support each other through their daily open-ended play. Children simply follow their imagination to allow the play to go in any direction their creativity takes them and that’s what makes them unique. Children learn to be strong and independent through a safe, secure, and enabling environment and positive relationships with their peers and staff. We are a setting that enjoys all outdoor activities and many visits into our local community. We have a large garden with a huge, sheltered area which creates an all-year, weather-proof outdoor area for our children. Outdoor play is a big part of our children’s development and learning. Physical activity is vital in children’s all-round development and enables them to pursue a happy, healthy, and active lives. Children learn from ‘real things’ when they play outside.
In our lovely and spacious garden, we have soft cushioned steps leading to an all-weather, artificial garden and a decking area which has been treated with an anti-slip, protective coating so that it does not become hazardous when wet. In our amazing garden our children can be explorers, nature detectives, minibeast finders, mud kitchen cooks, sports stars, weather explorers, builders, story tellers, scooter and bike riders, music and drama projectors and so much more!
We have strong ties with our local school and communities and work closely with Istead Rise Primary School. On Reflection Day 2021, we prepared 500 daffodils plants and cards to show our love and gratitude to our elderly community in Istead Rise who have been isolated during national lockdowns last year. As a result, we have received so much love back from our community and this motivates us to serve our community that we live in and are a part of, even more. You can view the article here.
As a result of this project, one of our elderly neighbours named Margaret, has voluntarily started coming to help us at our nursery. We love seeing Margaret read stories to our children and, for some children, it gives them an experience that they never get due to not seeing their grandparents enough in these hard times due to coronavirus. Thank you, Margaret, for your time!
We were rewarded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2009, Good in 2014 and again Good in 2018 and Ofsted praised and congratulated us on our amazing ethos and in providing extraordinary indoor and outdoor areas with a wealth and richness of resources and opportunities for the children who attend Kiddiecare Kindergarten.
We have an open-door policy, and we work hard to build a good, strong working partnership with parents. We value our parents’ contribution and input during their child’s time at Kiddiecare. Our parents praise our team and our ethos as they see a great deal of care and education their children receive and comments on the warm, caring staff and the vast range of activities and resources available for their children to play and enjoy.
Kiddiecare Ethos: Kiddiecare thrives to provide a safe, secure and outstanding environment for all children. Our Keyworker-led preschool offers high quality care, education and enriching experiences for all the children. ‘Laugh, learn and have fun!’
Our opening times: Term time only (38 weeks)
Morning session: 9am -12pm
Afternoon session: 12pm -3pm
We also offer Holiday club- Subject to the demand.
We take children from 2-year age. We offer FF2 funding, 15-hour funding and 30 hours funding.
Jugan Sahota – Owner/Manager: Kiddiecare Kindergarten was established 28 years ago and Jugan Sahota took over as owner of Kiddiecare Kindergarten in 2013 and made considerable improvements to the resources and garden. Jugan is the owner and hands-on manager; she loves what she does, and it shows! She is very proud of her team and their Outstanding/Good nursery and continuously strives to make Kiddiecare even better!
Jugan and her team have found that the child-led, holistic approach is the best way for children to learn. Children like to investigate, and to have a go. They may encounter a few difficulties but will try again and enjoy their achievements and she is extremely passionate in promoting this approach by providing ample opportunities. Jugan Sahota and her staff team have a clear vision about their long term aims for the nursery and are working together to achieve this aim to become an outstanding preschool in the area once again.
Please feel free to contact Jugan Sahota on 07701 085 921 or 01474 833 424. She will be very thrilled to show you around her amazing Kindergarten!
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Kiddiecare Kindergarten, Downs Rd, Istead Rise, Gravesend, DA13 9HG