Little Owls Nursery

Chilham St Mary's Pre-School, known as Little Owls, was established in 2002 and offers sessional care for 2-5 year olds from the surrounding villages. We are based in Old Wives Lees Village Hall and have a large hall and a smaller activity room, as well as a large garden with all weather surface and access to a play area with large climbing equipment.

We are registered with the Early Years Register and can cater for a maximum of  24 children per session. We accept children from two years to five years in age    and are able to support children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. Our latest Ofsted Report was completed on 08/05/2012 when we received a “Good” rating in all sections.

“All children are treated as individuals and feel secure and settled in the care of nurturing and experienced adults. Progress from starting points is consistently good and children are
motivated and keen to learn. Children form strong bonds with    
staff and their peers so they are independent and behave well.
Resources are used well so children initiate their own activities,
solve problems and make choices.”

The full report is available to view online at


As was identified in the last Ofsted report, Parents “... appreciate their children's special bond with key persons and feel that staff meet children's individual needs well. “ 

We have high adult to child ratios with qualified, experienced staff who provide a caring and supportive environment. 
Manager Jamie Hopgood
Deputy Vicky Meyers

Term Dates/Fees:

Our opening hours are:

− Monday to Friday 9-12am
− Lunch Club available 12-1pm
− Les Hiboux French Club available 

We charge £4.20 for Lunch Club and £12.60 per 3 hour session.
Les Hiboux runs for 5 sessions each term and the charge is £3 per session.

3 year olds are entitled to 15 hours per week for 38 weeks from the term after their birthday. We also have places available through the FreeFor2 scheme. 

Our term dates match those of Chilham St Mary's Primary School.

Our Day:

Our sessions consist of register, self selection snack bar, creative activities, indoor and outdoor play, singing and story time.
Each child is allocated a keyworker enabling dedicated home/school links which allow for individual developmental and curriculum planning.

“Children benefit from good, outdoor facilities. As the garden is in two parts, children      
take out what they want into the main area, which promotes their independence and
they access the second area under close supervision, which enhances their safety. “
 “The exciting garden is a wonderful resource “(Ofsted 2012)

“Snack times are social occasions, which children enjoy. Adults chat with children,
for example, about where food, such as milk, comes from and children independently
serve themselves, and talk about taking turns. “ (Ofsted 2012)


“There are strong links with the local school; children visit the school and the Reception teacher visits the pre-school. This results in children being familiar with the adults and the environment, easing the transition to school. “ (Ofsted 2012)

 We regularly join in with the primary school at festivals in Chilham Church.

 In the term before they go to primary school, the children have the opportunity to attend the    Honeypots session at Chilham St Mary's Primary School and we have implemented a “Cool 4  School” programme during the summer holiday to ensure a smooth transition to primary school.

Our Fledglings Club operates once a term after the children have started school, to enable parents and ex-pupils to get together at pre-school.

We also run a Parent and Toddler session on Thursday afternoons. This informal play environment offers a friendly and welcoming introduction to the pre-school. For further details, please call Heather.     

Contact details:
Old Wives Lees Village Hall,
Long Hill,
Old Wives Lees,
Kent  CT4 8BN
Tel: 07762 565663

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