Little Moonbeams, Faversham opened it's doors to the children for the very first time on the 6th October 2008, Baby Moonbeams, Sittingbourne opened in September 2009 and Little Moonbeams, Blue Bell Hill will be opening in April 2014.
Moonbeams Day Nurseries offer the highest level care to children from the age of three months up to five years.
As parents and carers we all know that a child's early years are the most formative and childhood is an extremely precious time.
Our objective at Little Moonbeams & Baby Moonbeams is to allow each individual child the opportunity to explore and develop at their own pace within a carefully planned and stimulating environment.
The welfare of your child placed in our care is of paramount importance to us and we appreciate the huge decision that is made by parents and carers when considering if nursery care is right for your family. Finding the right setting for your child is of equal importance and great care has been taken to ensure Little Moombeams & Baby Moonbeams offer a home from home environment, allowing children to feel safe, happy and entirely comfortable. Our rooms are bright and stimulating and we offer excellent resources and equipment to aid your child's learning and development.
Moonbeams Day Nurseries and After School Clubs are owned by Vicky & Hugh Martin who have been married for 14 years and are parents to their 10 year old twins, Olivia and Callum.
Vicky qualified in Nursery Nursing in 1994 and Little Moonbeams, Faversham was the families first business which they opened in 2008. They then opened a second setting in September 2009, Baby Moonbeams, in Sittingbourne which expanded further in September 2011. In 2012 they opened two further settings, Moonbeams After School Club in Ospringe, Faversham and Moonbeams After School Club in Molash. The latest addition to the business is Little Moonbeams on Blue Bell Hill which will be opening on 28th April 2014.
Vicky is supported by Harriet Palmer, the Setting Manager at Faversham and Karen Woodward, the Setting Manager at Sittingbourne, with 24 additional excellent members of staff. All staff have been fully CRB checked and many are first aid trained. Staff attend training sessions throughout the year to keep up to date with changes in legislation and welfare requirements and several members of staff are mothers and grandmothers themselves.
A strong 'Key Person' system is used throughout the nurseries. Each child is allocated a Key Person who carries out your child's day to day care and offers them the individual support and stimulation they need. They observe your child as they learn and play and plan every week for their next stage of development. The Key Person will work closely with you as parents and carers and will personally hand your child back to you at the end of their session with an update of their daily activities as well as information about how much they have eaten, slept (if relevant) and for the younger children, what their toileting activities have been!
Your child's progress will be carefully monitored throughout their nursery career by their key person from each room. We use a system specifically developed by Kent County Council called 'Progress Matters' to ensure that all children within our care are developing to thier full potential. This system tracks your child's individual development inline with the EYFS curriculum (Early Years Foundation Stage) for young children. This information enables staff to give children extra support where it is needed and also extend their learning where strengths are developing.
If your child's Key Person is on holiday or unwell they will be cared for by the Key Persons 'buddy' - this system is used throughout the nursery.
Before your child joins us at Little Moonbeams or Baby Moonbeams they will be invited to come in for some 'Taster Sessions' to ensure that they are entirely settled before they start. You are not charged for these sessions as they are tailored to meet your child's individual needs.
When your child starts attending our nursery we will create a 'Learning Journey' for them. This will consist of information provided by you as their primary carer and we will begin to build a record of the time your child spends within our care as they grow and develop. You will be invited to contrubute to this record as we work together to ensure your child's needs are being met at all times.
NURSERY OUTINGS - All of the children are taken out of the nursery on local visits (with parents consent). We go on local walks within the community, to the duck pond, garden centres and into town.
The children from the Faversham Nursery regularly visit the soft play centre at The Jubilee Centre - Faversham. The Pre-School children have also been on some very exciting coach journeys to Farming World, Faversham and The Faversham Gun Powder Works.
Above we are bug and butterfly hunting.
We use our minibus for lots of our outings. This children often enjoy the ride in the bus as much as the trip itself!!
Below we visit Vicky's house where she has lots of chickens and ducks.
SAFETY & SECURITY - Children's safety is of paramount importance to us at Little Moonbeams & Baby Moonbeams. At Faversham both of our entrance doors (the front for Pre-School and the rear for Babies and Toddlers) are fitted with an electronic entry system and the garden is fitted with a CCTV system. At Sittingbourne the nursery can only be accessed from the inside by staff.
The photographs used on this web page are of children that attend Little Moonbeams Day Nursery and parents permission has been given.