WELCOME TO OUR NURSERY
Garden Cottage Nursery is set in the idyllic surroundings of the Kent College Junior school in Harbledown, just 5 minutes from the centre of Canterbury. The nursery provides a caring foundation for children to make the most of their abilities and talents as they grow in a safe, secure and happy environment. The best way to get to know us is to come and visit us for a personal tour.
The Lodge opened in February 2018. It has been refurbished to the highest standards to create a homely and nurturing environment for babies and toddlers.
The building has been fitted out to provide a flexible and homely space, opening out onto a garden and all-weather learning area.
Children are able to develop their skills and imaginations in our role-play kitchen, and the conservatory area is used for messy and physical play. Dream coracles and sleep mats allow our babies and toddlers to sleep undisturbed, yet still be monitored regularly. The Lodge accommodates up to 12 babies and toddlers at any one time.
Our older toddlers are placed in the Cottage which was opened in September 2018 and overlooks the school grounds and neighbouring fruit orchard. The brand new, modern environment has been created for small groups.
The fun design is bright and fresh, with more muted tones for the sleeping area. Children have direct access to a large outside all-weather play area with a wide variety of play equipment.
Inside the interior space is open and flexible to allow for a range of activities for groups of children or for one to one play.
NURTURING YOUNG MINDS
Garden Cottage Nursery combines the best practice and standards of nursery childcare with the individual attention of a nanny or childminder. Our team of highly experienced and dedicated staff offers a service that is tailored to the needs of the individual child, and to the requirements of their parents. Children have all the advantages of the security and socialisation offered by the nursery environment, combined with the relaxed home-from-home atmosphere of personalised childcare.
- Small size and personalized childcare
- Healthy, fresh food with bespoke menus
- Vibrant, creative indoor and outdoor environment
- Your child’s happiness and development are our top priorities
- Free settling-in sessions to establish good child–carer bonding
- Parental involvement and choice help us to provide quality care
- Child-centred approach to enhance and accelerate learning
- Excellent access with easy drop-off and pick-up arrangements
"The devotion, level of care and passion all staff show and demonstrate each and every day is next to none. They are never without a friendly smile."
"The program they follow for my daughter is different from my son which gives me confidence that the needs of each child is always the most important thing for Garden Cottage Nursery."
"As a mother of a mixed race child I love how the nursery incorporates a wider range of cultures and celebrates those holidays and seeks out songs, books and activities to expose the children to, it's been really important to me to ensure my son is part of an inclusive environment - Garden Cottage Nursery has been outstanding in this area."
"It has always been apparent, from all members of staff, that the needs of the children are their priority. They have been wonderful at easing any anxieties from the first settling-in sessions, through to his transition to the Cottage. They have constantly kept us up to date with all progress and developments and we have never felt rushed during pick-ups/drop offs even though covid protocols have made it a slower process, showing the dedication they have to communication and parent relations."