Welcome to Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
For childcare in Longfield and nursery services in the Longfield area of Kent
Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery is a beautiful children's nursery located in Longfield. We are the only nursery in Kent to have been rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in four consecutive inspections, the latest in August 2016.
We are pleased to announce that we are currently undergoing an £80,000 investment to create a stunning, new adventure garden, which will include a baby tipi, up and under bridge with mirrored sides, stage area and soft Astro Turf for the little ones to explore. For our older children, there will be a four turret climbing frame, race track for trikes, nature and planting area (including a bug hotel and bird houses), water feature, stage area, sand pit and much more!
Never forgetting that the nursery is ‘for the children’ it is important that the children are consulted and given hands-on involvement on a day-to-day basis.
We understand that a successful nursery is built on the experience of motivated, happy staff and we realise the importance of their development. By combining good management skills, staff that work as a team and continuous training, we aim to achieve a reputation of excellence.
We strive to provide nursery care that involves parents and if we can go the extra mile, we do. However small the issue, to ease the difficulties of leaving a child in the care of others, we will work to reassure that your child is in safe hands.
How to find Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery in Longfield
Hickory House is situated in Brickfield Farm which is a cul-de-sac off of Main Road in Longfield. We are a minute's drive from Longfield train station which serves London Victoria and Blackfriars. We are in close driving distance of Dartford and Gravesend and only 10 minutes drive from Bluewater shopping centre and Ebsfleet train station.
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Facilities at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
Special Offers at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
The baby room at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
The specially designed baby room caters for crawling or just walking babies with a wide selection of age-specific resources to stimulate sensory and exploratory development. The warm and calming décor supports the babies in feeling settled and secure.
This spacious and naturally lit room has been created to aid children's physical development and allow them room to move and grow. The room is furnished with Community Playthings, specialised and handmade, wooden furniture, equipment and play resources, which support the babies in their holistic development. Until around 6 months old, your baby’s vision is still developing, they are unable to distinguish between colours easily. This is why we have a black, white and red area providing bold extremes of colour that captivates their attention, to encourage and support their visual development.
The baby room has direct access to a secure garden area, which supports free flow play. The garden area opens out into the main nursery garden, which allows the babies to observe the older child at play and siblings to see each other during the nursery day.
The cosy area creates a calm and peaceful environment, giving the babies one-to-one quiet time with their key person. This area is often used for bottle feeding and story time. The babies also experience a range of treasure baskets and heuristic play, encouraged and guided by our qualified practitioners. Our highly qualified practitioners are trained to create a home environment within the nursery environment ensuring the babies feel safe and secure. Babies benefit from a very special, separate sleep room that ensures they get a restful and peaceful sleep as they follow their routine from home.
The toddler room at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
The toddler room provides defined spaces, which allow the children to become engrossed in their play; supporting their holistic development using quality furniture and high quality natural resources that ignite their imagination and foster their early love of learning.
The room allows unrestricted free-flow access to the purpose built all weather garden, which has been specifically designed for the toddlers with a hobbit house, large sand pit and space in a safe environment to challenge them.
The room features natural light and warm calming colours for the children to learn and develop in.
Our experienced practitioners are trained to link the home routine to nursery routine. The room is divided into each area of learning to ensure we meet your child’s developmental needs using the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The children have the opportunity to sit at the table with their friends and enjoy a sociable snack and meals. We have a calm area, which the children can use freely throughout the day. We enjoy singing and story time daily in this area.
A variety of resources such as construction, jigsaws, imaginary and role play equipment is used on a daily basis. The planning of resources ensures every child’s development stage is catered for individually
The toddler room also have access to a specifically designed garden for children under 2 years. This is used in a free flow approach from the room, and they also have access into the main garden.
The nursery room at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
Our nursery room provides a large space for our energetic 2-3yr olds. During the day, the children enjoy play time and the room is set out with a range of activities to suit the children’s age and stage of development. The areas set up in the room, ensure the children can participate in role-playing corners, arts and crafts, small world imaginary play and explorative play. The nursery room has been designed to introduce the children to how learning can be fun and exciting, using their own interests to embed learning.
The defined areas, support all aspects of learning with skilled staff that can support the children’s learning and development. Enthusiastic staff use their observations from play time to plan individual activities for each child to ensure their learning is appropriate and individual. The children have free-flow access to the large outdoor garden that is shared with the pre-school rooms. This enables invaluable peer to peer learning and supports social interactions with children of differing ages. At this stage toilet training begins and the nursery room has its own bathroom to enable and support your child’s toileting needs.
The preschool room at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
Our pre-school rooms have been purposefully designed to ensure that all the children are exceptionally well prepared for school. The passionate practitioners based within the pre-school team will develop the children’s knowledge to embed the strong foundations they will need to fulfil their potential. The children will experience daily Phonics sessions and children’s interests are used to stimulate their curiosity, imagination and desire to learn.
The pre-school rooms are equipped with state-of-the art ICT resources, including a smartboard that is used to support children’s first-hand experiences and to add depth to their learning in an exciting and engaging way.
We have designed our rooms to ensure active play and learning happens naturally and simultaneously. Resources are readily accessible to the children as their choices and interests are so important in our observations. These accurate observations ensure we plan effective learning situations for each individual child that offer exciting and challenging opportunities. The pre-school children have direct free-flow access to the large, all weather garden that allows them to take their learning outdoors. Children have the space to explore and develop their skills in a creative, exciting environment.
Our pre-school 2 room particularly focuses on school readiness and will work closely with you during your child’s transition to school. We support your family throughout the whole process which involves the Key Person visiting your chosen school, we invite teachers to the nursery to meet with your child’s Key Person and the chance to review your child’s ‘Learning Journey’. Finally, we provide a transition report detailing your child’s stage of development in line with the ‘Curriculum for Excellence’ the national curriculum within the ‘Early Stage’. We also hold a spectacular graduation ceremony for you and your family to enjoy at the end of your nursery experience.
As an extension to our pre-school rooms we also have our Learning Room, which is run with elements of Montessori principles and is ideal for taking small groups of children to participate in focused activities. This learning room leads out into the forest school area.
The outdoor spaces at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
The large outdoor space is currently undergoing a stunning £80,000 investment to create a beautiful, new adveture garden for the children to explore. This will include a large climbing frame, race track for trikes, nature and planting area, water feature, stage area, sand pit and a dedicated baby garden for our youngest children to expore at their own pace.
meet the team at Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
Laura Alderton - Nursery Manager
I have been working with Asquith since October 2015 and absolutely love working with children. I hold a BA Hons in Early Years and have been working within the industry for over 10 years.
Julie Sadler - Assistant Manager
Julie joined Hickory House in September 2006 and has a level 4 qualification in childcare. Julie is also our forest school leader and enjoys spending time with the children exploring the outdoor learning environment.
Paula Kinslow - Assistant Manager
Paula joined Hickory House in February 2012 and has a level 4 qualification in childcare. With many years of experience, Paula enjoys her role in assisting the Manager in the running of the nursery
Michelle Spooner - Third in Charge
Michelle joined Hickory House in August 2011 and holds a Level 3 qualification. Michelle has a great passion for childcare and enjoys leading her team.
Lauren Joyner - Baby Room Leader
Michelle Spooner - Toddler Room Leader
Georgia Pease - Nursery Class Leader
Steph D’Monte - Pre-School 1 Leader
Donna Cronin - Pre-School 2 Leader.
Latest news from Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery
Asquith’s Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery in Kent, have achieved their fourth consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating. Asquith’s Hickory House Pre-School & Day Nursery is the latest of Asquith Day Nurseries and Pre-schools to receive an ‘Outstanding’ rating by Ofsted this year.
We announced this week that we have added to our fast-paced acquisition program by acquiring 98-place Hickory House Children's Day Nursery, near Dartford, Kent.