Ickle Pickles

Day Nursery and Pre-school

1 School Mews, Iwade, Sittingbourne, ME9 8UW

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01795 474551

Full day care in Iwade Village for children 3 months to 5 years old

Welcome to Ickle Pickles Day Nursery and Pre-school. We are located in Iwade Village, very close to the town of Sittingbourne.

We realise that looking after the most precious people in your lives is both an honour and a responsibility. Ickle Pickles is designed to provide a stimulating environment which will bring out the best in your child’s development.

Like you do at home, our staff treat every child as an individual. In addition, we prepare structured and stimulating days, which are fully documented and communicated back to you in real time through electronic learning journals, which track their development and celebrate their achievements. We also have a Special Education Needs coordinator on site, who work alongside parents and professionals to provide additional support where necessary.

To ensure continuity of care, we run a parent forum committee, so parents can liaise with our staff at our quarterly meetings.  This is also a time we share up and coming events, achievements and any changes in the nursery world. We are also part of a collaboration of 11 nurseries in the area where we all meet and discuss the ever-changing nursery environment.

Grace Gibson, Nursery Manager

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  • Purpose built nursery setting ideal for all ages
  • Close links with local primary schools to aid transitions to Reception Class
  • Nutritious homemade meals made fresh on-site everyday
  • Safe outdoor garden for our Ickle Pickles
  • Working towards the Curiosity Approach accreditation
  • Motivated, experienced and enthusiastic staff with advanced qualifications and first aid training
  • Naturally resourced learning environments
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement by sharing observations daily
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds (15 & 30 Hours)

Age groups

Our nursery is split into 4 rooms, with each room devoted to caring for a specific age range. We’ve designed our nursery so that children move between rooms when they are ready, not based on when their birthday is.

Here at Ickle Pickles our days are not rigidly structured but all rooms try to keep to a routine which the children can recognise and anticipate. A familiar routine helps to ensure that your child is happy and secure.

Ickle Beginners & Ickle Discoverers

Our two youngest rooms care for babies from 3 months and in the next room, our more active babies from 12 months old. Here they take part in many multi-sensory experiences, all to boost their awareness of the world around them.

Our focus is on helping your baby develop and learn through play. There are soft areas to encourage babies to roll-around freely, which is particularly good for babies learning to sit and stand for the first time. Babies will have great fun delving into our treasure/interest baskets and finding new and exciting things to explore. There is also a black and white area to capture the baby’s attention. We also have a tranquil cot room allows babies to have a lie down when needed.

Ickle Explorers Room

There is a whole new world of activities to explore for the toddlers! 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.

We have found this is the age group where the children start showing an interest in potty training; our staff are skilled in this area and will work closely with parents to ensure continuity of routine.

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.

Pre-school Room

Children join preschool from 3 and gradually begin preparing for school. We provide a carefully planned programme of activities, providing free play within a slightly more structured environment.

We promote independence by encouraging self-selection at meal times, making choices, solving their own disputes, and involving the children in the planning of the day. We also run letters and sound sessions, promoting early reading and writing skills.

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


Our nursery and pre-school is open 7:15 am – 6:30 pm, for 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session 7:15 am – 6:30 pm
  • Morning Session: 7:15 am – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:30 pm

The staff and work ethic of this nursery has always been excellent and after my son going through this nursery, it was a no-brainer to put my daughter through.

Emma E

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Help with Fees

Ickle Pickles 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 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 Ickle Pickles, please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form, 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!

Terms and conditions apply.

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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.

Fresh homemade food

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

Varied seasonal menus

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.