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kidsunlimited nursery on Ashford Road has been shortlisted for an award at the prestigious Nursery World Awards. The Nursery World awards are the sector's premier awards event promoting excellence right across the spectrum of the UK nursery sector.
The nursery has been shortlisted for the Enabling Environments Category. To be shortlisted for the award the nursery must have developed elements of their provision to create stimulating, child-centred learning environments in line with the principles of The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
The nursery has a variety of features which helps to develop and stimulate the children. Key features include the three individual play areas which help to support independence, an observation tower to promote sensory development and imagination, a large multi-purpose activity studio to develop creativity and child initiated activities, in addition to a dedicated craft area located between two ‘home bases’ with long water troughs to enable children to engage in parallel play and work together. Children are encouraged to move freely between the indoor and outdoor areas to enable them to learn in their preferred learning environment. Bridges have been created from the first floor, allowing every room to have direct access to the external learning environment.
This is not the first time the nursery has been nominated for an award since it opened in January 2012. In the nursery’s inaugural year, they picked up the Nursery Management Today (NMT) Nursery Design Award and Amy Rooney, the Nursery Manager won Nursery Manager of The Year at kidsunlimited’s annual in-house awards ceremony.
Local parent Clare May, said: “It was a big discussion to let our little man go to nursery but the best choice was sending him to kidsunlimited Maidstone. The nursery has helped with our son’s learning and development and as for the buildings they are something special, no other nursery would ever meet these high standards and our son loves the variety he gets at the nursery.”
Architect Matthew Russell said of the project: “It was a fine example of what can be achieved through the coordinated efforts of the design team and client and we are proud to have played our part in delivering this inspiring facility for the local children.”
The glamorous, black tie awards evening will be held at London’s Grand Connaught Rooms on Saturday 28 September.