AD – this is a collaborative blog post with St George’s Childcare
St George’s Childcare are offering spaces now!
St George’s is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ nursery which aims to provide an exceptional level of childcare to children irrespective of their ethnic, social and financial backgrounds. Located in St John’s, Tunbridge Wells, find out more about this community nursery which is currently offering spaces for children from 3 months to school age…
For over 100 years St George’s has been providing care for children in the local community and in 1981 they became an independent registered charity. Over the years St George’s have adapted to meet the childcare needs of our local community here in Tunbridge Wells, and currently care for 118 children a day aged three months to 12 years.
“Children are incredibly independent, confident and happy. Children are consistently enthused in the highly motivating learning opportunities. Staff are extremely well qualified, passionate and enthusiastic” Ofsted 2019
Each day at the nursery…
The nursery is divided up into age appropriate groups – starting with Squirrels (age 3 months to 2 years), Hedgehogs (age 1.5 to 2.5 years), Moles (age 2 to 3 years), Badgers and Otters (age 3-5 years) and Little Dragons (age 2.5 to 5 years Term Time only). There is also an After School and Holiday Club for local primary school children.
Every day at St George’s nursery is packed with fun-filled learning and adventures. Children can relax with a book; get busy with construction toys or role-playing props; get creative with musical instruments, art and craft materials and the sand and water areas; learn in our maths areas and explore the garden. A range of resources embraces the needs of a wide variety of abilities and cultures, giving the children the chance to learn about the different backgrounds of their new friends.
Healthy Lifestyle at St George’s
St George’s are committed to ensuring the children in their care develop habits for a healthy lifestyle, explore nature and have plenty of time outdoors. They have a large garden and play area and allotments where the children learn to grow fruit and veg and all of the meals are healthy and cooked on-site. Having outdoor space and healthy food is crucial to the wellbeing and happiness of children.
Learning through play
Throughout their early years, play is one of the most important things for a child, as it helps them to discover that learning can be lots of fun. At St George’s, they offer a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, so that every child has the chance to develop their natural curiosity.
St George’s are governed by Ofsted and follow the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS); the government framework that sets standards for care and learning in the early years. This framework, plus the Key Person approach, gives every child continuity, security, reassurance and a chance to learn and grow as they play.
A highly qualified and caring team
The staff are highly-qualified and knowledgeable are supported them with on-going professional development to ensure they are skilled in caring for children – including those with behavioural difficulties and learning disabilities.
Consistency is important for children, so each room has its own Senior Childcare Leader and Childcare Practitioners. To cover absences, St George’s have a floating staff team and extra supply staff to support other team members wherever they are needed. The staff are fully qualified to work with children or have many years’ experience as nursery assistants. They also provide regular training sessions, delivered in-house or by outside trainers, to energise everyone and keep our ideas fresh.
Strong partnerships at St George’s
St George’s is known for establishing strong partnerships with parents and other professionals, including health visitors and social services, which ensures that children receive care that is coordinated, consistent and the best possible to meet their individual needs.
St George’s – a charitable trust
St George’s is the only nursery and pre-school in Tunbridge Wells, which, through its charitable trust (RCN 802017), also supports children in need – it help families dealing with crisis due to domestic abuse, mental health issues, physical illness and financial hardship. The places are paid for or heavily subsidised through funding support we receive from grants, businesses and individuals who support our community.
With our support, love and patience, we have seen children who have been traumatised, blossom from children unable to speak or even smile to laughing, happy, chatty children. We have helped children with learning difficulties become happier, calmer, and developing well enough to start school.
Lots of fun along the way…
St George’s want the children to learn, play and explore indoors and out; and of course, have lots of fun; this way, a thirst for learning stays with them for life.
At St George’s, they encourage independence by letting the children choose what they want to play with throughout most of the day. This helps them to become confident at making choices as they grow.
Parents and carers are happy to drop their children off at St George’s, because they know that they are receiving the very best possible care in a loving and safe environment.
If you are interested in finding out more about St George’s for your child, please call 01892 543982 or email childcaremanager@