Welcome to Northend Nursery

The Alliance provides flexible, affordable and quality childcare across England.

Northend Nursery is an Alliance childcare service located in Erith, Kent. We offer 70 Ofsted-registered places and are assessed as Good by Ofsted. Our committed, friendly and well-qualified nursery team provides high quality care and learning opportunities for children aged between 0-5 years. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) with a focus on learning through play and actively encourage parents to become involved in the life of the nursery. 

We are open from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday, 52 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. 

We offer 

  • Funded childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds
  • Safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child

At Northend Nursery we have introduced the Famly management system. Famly has proved to be very beneficial within the nursery particularly with improving communication with parents. When children join the nursery parents are invited to download the app and have free access to the following;

Famly Management Software

Shared Child Profile -  Update contacts and key child information together

Child sign in/out app - Parent friendly sign-in app

News feed - Shared photos, videos and daily updates

Photo Gallery - Access to tagged photos

Pick-up notifications - Receive reminders e.g. pick up

Messaging - Receive messages direct to your inbox

Holidays & Sick Days - Parents can report days off from home

Parental permissions 

Activity Feed - Parents can see nappy changes, food intake, sleep & more

Invoices -  Childcare invoices sent monthly via the app

Find out more

You can visit during our opening hours or please contact Josie Lait, nursery manager on 01322 331168 or by email on northend@pre-school.org.uk

For children who attend funded hours only the term dates for 2018/19 are as follows:

Autumn Term 2018 Spring Term 2019 Summer Term 2019    
Mon 3rd Sep to Fri 19th Sep Mon 7th Jan to Fri 15th Feb Tues 23rd Apr to Fri 24th May
Half Term Mon 22nd Oct to Fri 26th Oct Half term Mon 18th Feb to Fri 22nd Feb Half Term Mon 27th May  to Fri 31st May
Mon 29th Oct to Fri 14th Dec Mon 25th Feb to Fri 5th Apr Mon 3rd June to Fri 19th July

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About us

Northend Nursery offers a stimulating approach to early years development and learning for very young children. Within a safe, friendly and fun environment, children are supported by qualified, caring staff in developing a wide range of skills and interests. The children enjoy learning through play experiences in bright indoor and outdoor play areas with exciting outings planned regularly. 



We are managed by the Alliance, the largest voluntary sector provider of childcare in England with over 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners.

Our nursery plans its activities in accordance with the EYFS with a strong focus on exploratory, imaginative play and healthy eating. We recognise and understand the huge benefits that free flow play has on the positive development of very young children. Every child in our care is supported by a key person who understands their individual needs and offers special care and support to them. 

Rigorous health & safety and safeguarding policies and procedures are in place to ensure that every child is protected and feels safe and happy with us. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We provide Forest School sessions as part of our core offer. The initiative, in partnership with our local feeder school, supports children's interest in the outdoor environment.The children have taken part in activities such as mud mixing (leading to mud painting and mud pies), digging , collecting, bird watching, listening activities, nest  making, minibeast hunts and den building for woodland creatures and there are plans for shelter building ad beginnning to use tools for whittling in the coming sessions. Children have had many opportunities for sorting, counting, matching and sizing and have had to use problem solving skills and imaginative thinking, as well as using reference books to identify insects, plants, trees and birds. This is then continued with the three outdoor areas at the nursery with an interest table to support curiosity.

The Pre-school leaving party was absolutely wonderful. I brouught my son  to the event which he had been looking forward to for a while. It was delightful to see the  joy on his face during the performance of Little Red Riding Hood and he also participated. The event was well organised by the dedicated and friendly staff and the children were also provided with lunch. Thank for very much.

Wonderful staff and a lovely nursey. My son has loved coming in from his days in the Baby room all the way through to leaving the Pre-school Room. I will be back in a year or so for his younger sibling to follow the same path. Wonderful production today, throughly enjoyed by my son and all the children.

The staff at Northend have been so fantastic and friendly. they have really worked hard with my son supporting him with building relationships.  The party was great and you have done so well. Thank you so much.

 

 

 

Our Team

 

Josie Lait - Nursery Manager

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team work hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know that every child develops differently and at different times. Every child has a key person who understands how their individual needs and interests. This helps us to ensure that every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment, selection and supervision procedures to ensure that anyone joining our team undertake relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice and will continue to remain a priority for us.

Your 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

FAQs

Do you offer funded entitlement for 3 year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for 15 hours per weeek.  

Do you offer funded entitlement for 2 year olds?

If your child is two-years old, your child may be eligible to attend the 2 year old funded childcare programme. The funding is available for 15 hours per week. Please ask us.

What sessions do you offer and how much are the fees?

Full Day 8am-6pm   Price range £45.00 to £52.00 per day              

Morning Session 8am-1pm  Price range £26.50 to £30.00 per session

Afternoon Session 1pm to 6pm  Price range £24.50 to £29.00 per session

Full Week 8.00am to 6.00pm Price range £220.00 to £255.00 per week

Do you provide hot meals?

Yes we provide a freshly cooked hot meal at lunchtime each day. we also provide breakfast, mid morning snack and afternoon tea. 

Are you able to accommodate children with different diatery requirements?

Yes,we cater for all needs. We have colour coded placemats, bowls and plates to highlight different requirements.

What qualifications do your staff have?

We have a range of qualified staff within the nursery. Managers, Room Seniors and Setting Workers are all qualified to at least level 3. Our Setting Assistants are qualified at Level 2 and 3. We also have two Assistants who are currently working towards Level 2.

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

As per the Early Year's Foundation Stage, the ratio of staff to children are as follows:

Age 0-2 - 1 member of staff to 3 children.

Age 2-3 - 1 member of staff to 4 children

Age 3-5 - 1 member of staff to 8 children

 

How quickly can my child start?

There is a two week settling in period which is for an hour to an hour and a half per day, for up to ten days. This gives your child the chance to familiarise themselves within the nursery setting and to bond with their key person and also to build parent partnership.

 

 

 

Contact Us

Josie Lait, Nursery Manager

Northend Nursery,

4A Lincoln Close, 

Slade Green

Kent

DA8 2EB

T:  01322 331168

E: northend@pre-school.org.uk

 

4A Lincoln Close
Slade Green
Kent
DA8 2EB
United Kingdom
Tel: 01322 331168

August 2018 - "Thank you for all the help in my son's learning journey to this point. I have loved bringing him here and feel sad it has come to an end." - child aged 4

August 2018 - "Thank you so much for looking after me this past year. I wanted all of you to know that i'm grateful for your hard work in helping me to grow, for your constant understanding and always being there. For making nursery so much fun and showing me that you care." - child aged 4

August 2018 - "We would like to thank you so much for everything you have done for our son over the last 3 years. We gave you a little boy, you returned a polished young man. Congratulations on making Northend a really great place for our greatest treasures. You are doing a wonderful job! We will always remember, we will come back and remain grateful forever." - child aged 4

July 2018 - "We would like to say a very big thank you as a family. My son has had a fantastic time here at Northend, right from Baby Room all the way through to Pre-school Room. With all the support, advice and kind gestures, we can't thank you enough. I can't believe where all the years have gone and how quickly too. Thanks to all the staff for making this an easy transition for my son" - child aged 4

July 2018 - "In the last 10 years we had all of our 4 children at Northend. You have always provided outstanding care and they all had the best start in life because of quality of education you provide. We want to say thank you very much to all the staff that looked after our 4 children throughout the years!!!" - children aged 1 to 4

June 2017 - "My daughter is so happy and content. she loves it here. Thank you so much. Staff really care and are understanding. Lovely environment." - child aged 1

February 2017 - "We are very happy at Northend; our daughter attended previously and was very happy. Now our son is attending and he loves it so much. All staff at Northend Nursery are friendly and welcoming. We strongly recommend this nursery for your children. Overall excellent, friendly and supportive environment and staff. thank you so much!" - child aged 2