Management Team

Thank you for taking the time to look at our website. I hope you have found it informative and helpful. We understand that it is a very difficult decision to find the right care for your most precious possession but there is really nothing better than to visit various childcare providers to see first-hand what facilities are available and how happy/confident the children are.

I personally have been working with babies and pre-school children for more than 30 years. I studied at North West Kent College and worked in a sessional playgroup whilst my own three children were growing up.

My career and qualifications in childcare progressed and I was given the opportunity to develop and manage a Day Care Facility on the Gravesend campus of North West Kent College. This was a fantastic experience and very rewarding but I always wanted to be the proprietor of my own children’s nursery.

Having had experience of establishing and managing Bright Beginnings nursery at the college I was approached by Mr Amarjit Dhull to work with him on a new project which was to renovate and re-furbish a nursery in Gravesend.  This was an exciting and challenging time with builders, decorators, deliveries, recruitment and 101 other tasks to deal with. Then in 2005 Smart Start Day Nursery opened.

My dream came true of owning my own Nursery a year later, when Mr Dhull decided to concentrate on other projects, my husband and I then became the owners of Smart Start Day Nursery. Some of our staff have been with us for many years and are now part of the ever growing Smart Start family, then in 2012 our daughter Lisa decided on a change of career and joined the team. Since then, she has completed her BA (Hons) degree in Early years and is now the nursery's curriculum advisor and also assists with nursery administration. Over the years our grandchildren have attended the nursery on a regular basis and our youngest grandson is still here. It has turned out to be a real family business of which we are very proud! And the icing on the cake came in April 2018, when we were awarded an "OUTSTANDING" report from Ofsted, which we have all been aspiring to acheive over our time at Smart Start!

Shirley

Meet The Management Team...

Managing Director

Director

Curriculum Advisor & Administrator

Full Day Care

7.30am - 6.30pm

Part Day Care

7.30am - 1.30pm
7.30am - 12.30pm
12.30pm - 6.30pm
1.30pm - 6.30pm

Front elevation of Smart Start Day Nursery


Top 5 rating from the Food Standards Agency