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About Us

The nursery operates tailored programs for children aged 2 to 4 years, fostering growth and exploration. We aim to ensure that all children will develop confidence and independence through making choices which will positively affect their learning and life decisions. We want to be true partners with you in your children’s care and education. Every child will be assigned a key person who will be responsible for liaising with you and implementing the care of your child; in the event of their absence, each key person has a buddy. We want you to be assured that your child is safe and secure.

Address: Explorers Nursery, Priory Children's Centre, Cannon Road, Ramsgate, CT11 9SQ (Google Map)
Telephone: 01843 585535

We are open from 8:45am until 3:30pm and will be as flexible as we can to meet your needs.

Whilst parents have the right to choose what hours their children attend the nursery, these are subject to availability.

Our Totally FREE Funding Patterns:

15 hours free funding: 8.45am -11.45am x 5 days
15 hours free funding: 12.30pm - 3.30pm x 5 days (a mixture of sessions are available)
30 hours free funding: 9.00am - 3.00pm x 5 days (30 hours funding to be applied for before end of August, December, March)

Ofsted Rating

Best Practice and Nursery Policies

If you wish to know how we look after your child in all possible scenarios, then please read the documents on our Policies and Procedures page.


Special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) can affect a child or young person’s ability to learn. They can affect their:

  • behaviour or ability to socialise, for example they struggle to make friends

  • reading and writing, for example because they have dyslexia

  • ability to understand things

  • concentration levels, for example because they have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

  • physical ability

Nursery Session Times

A healthy packed lunch for your child will need to be provided if attending over lunchtime.


8:45 – 11:45


11:45 - 12:30


12:30 - 3:30

All Day

8:45 - 3:30

Nursery Prices

Please find below the costs for all of our sessions, and note that there is no administration charge.

8.45 - 11.45 (morning session)
3-4 years old = £20.40, 2 years old = £21.00, under 2 years old = £21.60

11.45 - 12.30 (lunchtime session)
3-4 years old = £5.10, 2 years old = £5.25, under 2 years old = £5.40

12.30 - 3.30 (afternoon session)
3-4 years old = £20.40, 2 years old = £21.00, under 2 years old = £21.60

Nursery Staff

Clair Jones
Nursery Manager
Karen Norton
Deputy Manager

Parents in Partnership

At TEYP, fostering strong partnerships with parents is paramount. Download our Parent Partnership agreement to outline mutual expectations, ensuring the best care and enriching experiences for your child.
Download Agreement


We looked at several nurseries across Ramsgate and the wider Thanet area when we first moved. Walking into Explorers was a breath of fresh air – it was immediately clear that it was a really supportive environment with a very inclusive, positive ethos. The warmth and friendliness shone through, but so too did the professionalism of the team: within minutes they were explaining how their approach best supported early child development, while allowing the children to direct their own play and creativity. We have not been disappointed since.

Our daughter has now been at Explorers for almost a year and a half, starting in the younger room and now progressing to the 3s and up. She’s really at ease there, she loves the activity and stimulation and we’ve been amazed at her progress. Her language, literacy and numeracy all seem to be coming along without it being overly-prescribed through the activities she enjoys. Her confidence keeps growing and growing there.

Explorers is simply a very nurturing environment and it’s testament to the hard work from its passionate and dedicated staff. They are responsive to the kid’s needs but also to their creativity and ambitions. I remember dropping my daughter off one morning and she asked one of the staff if they could do a conga dance. The staffer immediately took on board the suggestion with enthusiasm and positivity, and sure enough, my daughter told me at the end of the day how she’d been able to lead the line and show the other kids how to do it. I just thought that was brilliant: a positive, encouraging way to get the kids cooperating, coordinating and having fun.

One of the other things we’ve found particularly great at Explorers is the level of feedback and interaction we get as the parents from the staff. Every day there is a board to explain what activities the children have had chance to participate in, and allows you to continue that conversation with your child. And the staff themselves are always, without fail, so willing to discuss how it’s gone for your child that day - what they’re enjoying, how they’re engaging, and any challenges they’ve noticed. It’s also a very personal way to get that feedback – not like incessant photo updates via an app that I’ve seen from other nurseries, which to me, seem to distract from the actual focus on the children.

Another thing we value is the staff’s ability to include parents and children from all walks of life. They are truly welcoming and able to engage families from all backgrounds.

But more than anything, Explorers just has the right approach for us: caring, attentive, professional and creative. The staff always go the extra mile and engage the kids in an encouraging and supportive manner.

Parent - March 2023

Booking Enquiry Form

We are open 38 weeks of the year school terms only. To book a place for your child please complete the form below.
(30 hours funding MUST be applied for before the end of August, December, March)

Thanet Early Years Project

Company Number 4690236. Charity Registration 1100011. Registered in England and Wales.