A little bit more about Hemsley House Day Nursery

Hemsley House Day Nursery has been providing high-quality childcare in Maidstone for over 25 years. As the first independent day care nursery in Maidstone, we understand the importance of early years education in supporting a child’s development, and the trust and confidence placed in us by parents.

We welcome babies and children up to the age of five into a safe and caring environment, where they are looked after by our experienced staff, fed nutritious homemade meals and are encouraged to play and explore the world around them.

  • Home away from home environment in two large Victorian houses
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • Two large outdoor gardens for daily adventures
  • Motivated and enthusiastic staff with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • Fun with computers maths and writing to prepare children for school
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • A sensory room used to help babies engage their senses and interact with the world around
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement (15 and 30 hours) for 3-4-year-olds and 2-year-olds subject to eligibility criteria

Age Groups

We split our children into 3 age groups: babies; toddlers and early years.

Babies: 0-2-year-olds

Babies take part in many multi-sensory experiences: in our sensory
room; large garden, which incorporates a digging patch; and
through our homemade arts and crafts.

Our tranquil cot room allows babies to have a lie down when needed. In the dining room, our nurturing staff help the children learn to feed themselves, bolstering their independence as they grow.

We endeavor to follow your baby’s routine to match the one at
home until they are ready to be gradually introduced to the routine that is followed at our Main Unit.

Toddlers: 2-3-year-olds

Here the children have access to an environment,
encouraging them to choose which room and activities to engage
with, nurturing their growing independence.

Our excellent nursery staff support the children’s language
development, encouraging plenty of imitation and conversation.
Social development skills and peer relationships are bolstered
through group activities, large scale floor based games and during
meal times.

Our staff will complete a two-year progress check on each child
which helps identify any developmental needs and ensures that the
children are learning in a balanced way.

Early Years: 3-5-year-olds

Children join our Early Years Unit from the age of 3 and gradually
begin their preparation for school. Here children are encouraged
to explore technology, and are introduced to letters and numbers.

We encourage children’s independence and have free-flow access
between a playroom, a canopied patio, art room and computer
suite. The large garden houses a bug hotel, mud kitchen, slide and
all weather playground.

When the time does come for the children to continue their
education journey in primary school, we are here to provide as
much support as needed and liaise with local schools to ensure a
smooth transition for all.


Hemsley House Day Nursery, in Maidstone,
is open between the hours of 7.30am and 6.30pm,
51 weeks of the year.

We are closed on bank holidays
and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session: 7.30am – 6.30pm
  • Morning Session: 7.30am – 1.00pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1.00pm – 6.30pm

Our Food

We believe it’s very important to encourage our children to love eating healthy and nutritious food. These healthy habits remain with them through their entire lives and can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle ahead.

We have a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating and are able to cater for all dietary requirements.


Our dedicated on-site chef
prepares healthy balanced meals
on a daily basis and ensures our
children are offered their 5-a-day


Menus are constantly varied to
encourage curiosity whilst taking
into account dietary and
nutritional needs


We teach our children about
different types of food and how it
helps them grow, encouraging
good habits for the future

Help with Fees

Hemsley House Day Nursery is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility, as well as for 3-4-year-olds (15 and 30 hours).

The new Childcare Choices website provides a straightforward explanation of all Government Childcare Support in one place, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the Childcare Calculator you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.

For further questions on fees and funding, please contact us.

Refer a Friend

If you have a friend or family member who is looking for a place for their child at Hemsley House, please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form below, stating “Referral + Your Name” in the comments box. If a place is available and they do register their child, both you and your friend could receive £25 off one month’s fees!

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