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The Nature Den Nursery

Day nursery

The Nature Den Nursery is a registered charity and non-profit making. We aim to provide high quality, easy accessible childcare.

We cater for children aged from 2 years old. We have two rooms in the setting where each room has their own garden each - one room and garden for toddlers and the other for preschool aged children. Our environments provides opportunities for children to explore stimulating and challenging activities whilst progressing through the stages of development of the Early Years Foundation stage. We value and work closely with parents to ensure the best care and education for their child. Our staff team are highly experienced, motivated and knowledgeable - the manager holds Early years professional status. We have a very extremely competent and well experienced SENDCo too. 

Our setting offers care term time only, from 8am to 6pm Monday to Friday . The nursery is part of the Bows and Arrows group which owns 5 other nurseries across Ipswich, 4 of which are currently outstanding. The group was also rated Education Setting of the year in the 2015 Raising the bar awards. 


3 & 4 year old funding

Who to contact

Olivia Sharman
Nursery Manager
The Nature Den Nursery
Bramford Lane
01473 599038
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Venue Details

The Nature Den Nursery
Bramford Lane
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Parking available

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 8:00 - 18:00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Communication difficulties
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
5.50 2 years - Per hour
5.35 3 years plus - Per hour

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Close to parks, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Forest school, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Pet fish, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Take children on outings
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s) 0 month(s)
To 5 Year(s) 0 month(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

Local Offer

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Our setting is fully accessible to children and parents of all abilities, with level access into the building along a private path from the car park. The setting is all on one level.

We have 2 qualified practitioners trained in Special Educational Needs - who would undertake any additional training to help meet the individual needs of children.

We support all children through individual planning and Individual Education plans if and when required. 

We work closely with professionals to ensure that all specific needs are met and any delays that are recognised are addressed and supported correctly to ensure that all children are able to reach their full potential.


At The Nature Den Nursery we support children with SEND by providing support to these children from staff who have received the following training:

  1. SENDCo Training
  2. Makaton 
  3. Observing and Assessing Children 0-5years
  4. Supporting children and families with English as an Additional Language
  5. A positive approach to behaviour
  6. Autistic Spectrum Disorder in the Early Years
  7. Supporting a hearing impaired child
  8. Up and down, round and round - Patterns in Play
  9. Support for children with visual impairment
  10. PECS training
  11. Supporting selective mutism


Our named SENDCo is Ali Gibson, our deputy SENDCo is Megan Rogers. The SENDCo's role is to supports staff in writing IEP's for children, carrying out the targets, helping all staff to identify and support and meet the needs of the children. We use an inclusive approach to SEND, incorporating all children into the room. This can mean a variety of different things to different children, including adapting our room and routines where needed.

Ali Gibson
01473 599038
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Physical disabilities

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Fantastic!! Rated 5 out of 5
My son started in January 2020 just before coronavirus. He settled in great and when the virus struck I was terrified to send him anywhere but as a key worker for the NHS I had to. The Nature Den staff were all absolutely amazing from admin right through to the nursery workers. They were so reassuring, answering all my questions and understanding my concerns. They were completely flexible and enabled me to continue working my usual hours. I cannot fault them in any way, at a time where the entire world was changing they stayed steadfast and consistent. My son loves going to nursery and has made so many friends, his speech has developed so much and his imagination astounds me, this has all been encouraged and enabled by the nursery staff and setting. I'm so grateful to all the staff for how loving, kind, considerate and approachable they all are. Thank you ladies, you really did make such a difference to my son and family in these terrifying times. 

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Review submitted on 06/10/2020

Highly recommend Rated 5 out of 5
My 2 year old boy started the nature den in July and he's thoroughly enjoyed everyday he's been there. They have a wide range of activities for the children to play with. The staff are amazing. Any worries or concerns are dealt with very quickly. 

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Review submitted on 30/10/2020


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