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Welcome to Catkins Preschool


Welcome to Catkins Preschool


Founded in 1991, Catkins Preschool has 30 years of experience in helping to prepare and develop children as they grow. We recognise parents as the first and most important educators of their young children. We aim to support parents and are very keen for you to feel part of the Catkins family and your child’s ongoing development.

We are based in Tunbury Hall, Catkin Close in the Walderslade Woods area of Chatham. Get in touch with us or pop in for a chat to find out more.

What we offer


Outdoor Play

  • Large outside space to encourage physical development

  • Activities change daily to promote a wide range of learning opportunities

  • Children are encouraged to interact with the natural environment.

Positive Relationships

  • Daily updates about your child's learning and open conversations with highly qualified and experienced staff.

  • Access to online learning journal through Tapestry meaning you can see videos and photos of your child. 

  • Excellent key person approach; allowing open communication which builds nurturing bonds between your child, their peers you and our staff.


Reading & Story Time

  • We focus on the book of the term and this is integrated within all areas of learning 

  • Books on offer in the setting in our reading area

  • Stories read twice a day to promote a love of books and to encourage focus and attention in groups

Interactive Learning

  • Messy play is encouraged to allow children to access learning using all of their senses

  • Our role play area provides children with the opportunity to use their imaginations and co operate with their peers through play and hands on activities

Catkins Preschool Mission

We believe that children thrive in an environment which values their own uniqueness, while providing support and opportunities to grow emotionally, socially and creatively. By building on each child’s strengths, interests and curiosities, we guide each child to explore the world around them as well as develop new abilities and form close relationships.
We are an Ofsted approved setting and work closely with our settings improvements manager to ensure we are consistently exceeding expectations.

Contact Us

Tunbury Hall, Catkin Close, Walderslade, Chatham ME5 9HP, UK

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