Cheeky Preschool boy in yellow wellies splashing in puddles outside Juniors Day Nursery, Cranbrook.

3 - 5 Yrs

Children enter the preschool room at approximately 3 years of age dependant on their development. All children continue to follow the EYFS curriculum, covering all 7 areas of learning. The 3 prime areas – Communication and Language, Physical Development and Personal, Social & Emotional Development as well as the specific areas Literacy, Maths, Understanding of the World and Expressive Arts & Design. Our preschool room is designed to allow our children to access resources freely in all areas including our role play area, messy play area, construction area, mark making & writing areas, maths zone, cosy book corner and our curiosity area.

At Junior’s we support your child’s development in the 7 areas by planning unique learning opportunities for each child, we call these Next Steps. These Next Steps form part of the planning for each individual child’s learning whilst they are at Junior’s. Whilst learning through play and having fun, there is a more structured routine in our preschool room with a balance of child initiated learning and adult initiated learning; with children working in groups and becoming accustomed to focused learning activities (e.g. Phonics) in preparation for school. Our preschoolers are encouraged to become more independent, inquisitive and have a love for learning.

Children enjoy healthy meals and these times are social events. Children are encouraged to serve themselves and learn the importance of eating balanced meals. All children in the nursery have use of our outdoor play area with sand pit, planting areas, climbing, slide, role play plus access to a forest school area and playing field within the primary school. Being outdoors is a large part of nursery life and preschoolers spend as much time outdoors as possible.

Staff ratios in this room are 1:8.

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Typical Day






Circle time


Plan, do, review




Outdoor learning


Adult initiated learning




Child initiated learning


Circle time


Outdoor Learning




Adult initiated learning



Sample Menu


Toast & cereal.


Roast pork with roast potatoes & vegetables. Yoghurt for dessert.


Rice cakes with cream cheese.


Wholemeal bagels with a selection of fillings. Selection of fruit for dessert.

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Team Leader

Debbie Older joined Junior’s in 2009 and has been manager of Boughton Monchelsea since 2021. Debbie has over 25 years experience in childcare. Debbie has a diploma in Preschool practice, certificate of leadership and management, Level 3 forest school practitioner, and a staff training qualification. Debbie holds a paediatric first aid qualification and is the head designated safeguarding lead and SENCo of Junior’s Day Nursery - Boughton Monchelsea.

Debbie Older is the team leader at Juniors Day Nursery, Headcorn.
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