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Little Shipmates Day Nursery

Offering services to:
  • Parents
  • Children 0-5
  • Primary school aged children
  • Families
Supporting people with:
  • Activities for children and young people
Carescheme type:
  • Day nursery

Little Shipmates Day Nursery is a warm and welcoming space, brimming with a tangible sense of family and belonging. The building boasts large gardens and all-weather play areas for the children to explore, as well as every modern amenity including air conditioning, new toilets, flexible accommodation and extended office space. Our wonderful staff members always strive to develop a relationship with the parents as well as the children, and take a pragmatic approach to helping our little ones grow and learn in an enriching environment before they continue their journey on to school.

  • We are open Monday-Friday every week, excluding bank holidays and the days between Christmas and New Year
  • Full day session: 8am to 6pm
  • Morning session: 8am to 1pm
  • Afternoon session: 1pm to 6pm

Who to contact

02380 841166 02380 841166
Little Shipmates Day Nursery
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Where to go

1 Malwood Road West

SO45 5DB

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The Nursery is located within a 10 minute walk of the centre of Hythe. 

We are based in a converted house over two floors, on a residential road.


Age group - 0 - 5: 32.5 per session, 52.5 per day, 244.5 per week


Age Ranges
5 to 8 years
0 to 5 years
Has wheelchair access
Other notes

As listed above we have had knowledge of these before, however we are open to all depending on training available and funding from the local authority and support that they are able to offer the setting. 

Inclusion Information

Wheelchair access
Special Needs provision
Special Needs Experience
Global Developmental Delay
Visual impairment
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Learning difficulties
Loss or Bereavement
Hearing Difficulties
Language impairment
Physical impairment
Medical Needs
Motor impairment
Challenging Behaviour
Serious allergy / Anaphilaxis
Autistic Spectrum Disorder ASD
Cerebral Palsy
Caters for children with special needs. Developmental delay,English as additional language,Hearing difficulties,Medical difficulties,Physical difficulties,Visual difficulties
Provision for special dietary needs
Can make special cultural provisions
Cultural and Spec. Diet. Needs,Relig. and Cultural Awareness

Childcare Information


Immediate vacancies

Funded Places

Offers 3 & 4 year old funded places
Offers 2 year old funded places

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
Meals cooked on premises
Meeting Rooms
Kitchen Facilities
Music time
Messy Play Area
Multicultural Themed Play
Open Space
Nappy changing facility
Outdoor Playspace
Outdoor Play
Air Conditioning
Accessible Parking
Private Changing Area
Baby Facilities
Baby toys
Arts & Crafts
Both indoor and outdoor activities
Quiet Area
Quiet Room
Car Parking
Books & Storytelling
Role play dressing up
Construction toys
Secure Access
Climbing Frame
Sandpitsand play
Disabled Access
Sensory Play
Sensory Room
Soft Play area
Environmental Area
Songs, Rhymes and Music
Sleeping Area
Small world toys
Treasure baskets
Full cooked lunch
Visit & Outings
Heuristic play
Walks to local park etc
Home Corner
Healthy Eating
Internet Connection
House based activities
Water play
ICT Facilities
Wendy House

School Pickups

Does not offer school pickups

Local Offer


Little Shipmates Day Nursery opened in 2000. We are one of five nurseries in the Little Shipmates Group. We are located in Hythe, Hampshire.

We are a full day care Nursery open from 8 am - 6 pm. 51 weeks of the year we close for the bank holidays and a week at Christmas. 

We cater for children aged from 3 months until they leave to go to school at 5yrs.  


Contact Name
Carla Deary
Contact Telephone
Contact Email
Little Shipmates Group
How does the setting/school/college know if children/young people need extra help and what should I do if I think my child/young person may have special educational needs?

As a Group we use Tapestry for our online Learning Journals. With this system we put all our observation on for the children, which we then track their progress, and any gaps in development. Any gaps identified we will look at resources in the room and look to see if we need to introduce a Individual Education Plan and have a meeting with the parents to discuss this, which should help to narrow any gaps. We would closely monitor this and have regular meeting with Parents and Key person, if needed we would then call on outside professionals for support. If you have any concern with regards to you children we have an open door policy where you can come in to talk to your child's key person and/or the SENDco for advise and support for you at home. We also hold parents evenings each term to talk about the progress of each child with their parents. 

How will early years setting/school/college staff support my child/young person?

Each child has an allocated key person, who will plan and assess their own key groups. The key person will look at the individual children and their interests and bring these into the setting to help with their learning and development.

On starting at the setting the key person will do a baseline assessment on each child to find their starting point of development in all 7 areas of learning. The key person will then plot each child's progress on this each term, after the summative progress reports have been written to make sure there is progress being made. Settle in session are organised to help the child settle into the setting and the room. These start of with the parent staying for some of the settle in's then we ask the parents to leave their child for a short time for us to get to know the child on their own. 

How will the curriculum be matched to my child's/young person's needs?

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum (EYFS) at our setting which cover 7 areas of learning.  Whilst we use this to link the child's development to , we use the In The Moment Planning which incorporate the children interest in the here and now and the staff will use provocations and enhancements to extend the child's base knowledge and understanding. 

How will both you and I know how my child/young person is doing and how will you help me to support my child's/young person's learning?

Parents are given an unique login for their child's  Tapestry account which they will receive updates to their child and see the observations that the key person has completed, this will also allow parent to upload information and comments on for the key person to see and respond to too.  

We hold parents evenings every term once the staff have completed the children summative assessments. 

Each month once the key persons has completed your child's planning the key person we show you what they have been doing and what they have achieved each month. 

If we have a Individual Educational Plan in place we will meet every time this needs reviewing which may be every two weeks or four weeks depending on the targets. 

At the end of each sessions that the child's attend the key person will give each parent a daily feed back on how the day has gone for the child and what they have eaten and any relevant information from the day. 

What support will there be for my child's/young person's overall well being?

As a setting we can administer prescribed medication with permission from the parent, the medication will then be administered by a senior member of staff and witnessed by another staff member.

The rooms each have allocated toileting areas which allows children to have the privacy they need, however still ensuring that practitioners can still see and be seen by other members of staff. The toilets are junior loos so that the children can access then with minimal help. 

We have a child lead environment which allows the children to follow there interests and encourages their independence within the room and their learning. 

What specialist services and expertise are avaliable at or accessed by the setting/school/college?

On site we have a trained SENDco who over sees the the children with special educational needs and development. Our SENDco attends regular support groups help by Hampshire county council and the area INCOs. We also have a online training scheme that the staff can access training for different areas for childcare environments from Understanding Autism to Encouraging positive behavior. 

Depending on the support the child needs we have access to many out side agencies that we and refer to with the consent of the parents. The staff have worked with many agencies such as Physiotherapy, Speech and Language, area INCOs and advisory teachers. 


What training have the staff supporting children and young people with SEND had? Are any being trained currently?

The staff on site are Level 3 or above, With some training towards their Level 2. 

Each staff member will be trained in First aid, Food Hygiene and manual handing.  

We also have an online training software that the staff can access as and when they need to update they knowledge on a variety of areas such as, Special Education Needs.

How will my child/young person be included in activities outside this classroom including school trips?

Our outside area is split into three areas, grass,  AstroTurf and a safety surface. access to these areas either have slopes to them or ramps for wheelchairs to use. 

With outings, we like to walk the children to explore and interact with the local community, we visit the village and our local care home to engage in activities with the residents. We would adjust our ratios to accommodate this. Before we set off for these outing the staff we complete a risk assessment to ensure the routes and environment are safe for the children in our care. 

How accessible is the setting/school/college enviroment?

We have a ramp as well as steps into the front of the nursery with onsite parking. our rooms are designed so that they are an open and bright environment. The furniture and equipment in the rooms are designed for children in the early years. We have quieter areas with in the rooms for children who need a quieter area. We are a setting over two floors with our Babies (3m - 2yrs) on the second floor, with this in mind we are able to carry the children up the stairs if needed, and when going to the garden. 

How will the setting/school/college prepare and support my child/young person to join the setting/school/college or the next stage of education and life?

We offer all new starters to the setting settle in sessions. These are from one hour to two hours long and can be extended if needed. we ask the parent to stay for the first session to give them time to talk to the key person and our nursery SENDco. Other settle in session are then arranged where the child is left in our care for the two hours. 

When a child is ready to move to the next room in the nursery, we have three rooms in total 0-2yrs, 2-3yrs and 3- 5ys, we arrange in house settle ins where the child's key person would move down with the child for two - three hours during their normal session, we would also arrange for the parent to meet the team in the next room and the new key person. 

When the child transfers to Primary / Infants schools we will arrange a TPA Meeting (Transitional Partnership Agreement) where we will meet with the school's SENDco and Parents to discuss how the transition to school will go ahead and any special arrangements that may be needed or support and / or strategies they will help with this transfer.   

How are the setting's/school's/college's resources allocated and matched to children's/young people's special educational needs?

as a group we do not have a SEND budget, how ever we can apply for extra funding from the local authority depending on the needs of the individual. if funding is approved we would look to see what the settling needed to help support the child, this could be some 1 : 1 support or additional resource or equipment. 


How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child/young person will receive?

The settings Sendco we discussed with the nursery manager about the individual child and what support they need. A meeting would be held with the parents for consent to talk to outside agencies if needed. 

The setting would continue with the IEP's alongside any targets given from outside professionals. this would be reviewed on a regular basis. 

How are parents involved in the setting/school/college? How can I be involved?

The setting offers parents evenings each term and daily handovers to the parents. We have a suggestion box for parents to use as well as a question of the month for parents to answer too, these can be found in the entrance hallway.  

Offering services to:
  • Parents
  • Children 0-5
  • Primary school aged children
  • Families
Supporting people with:
  • Activities for children and young people
Carescheme type:
  • Day nursery


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Last Updated: 05 May 2022

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