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Pixels Nursery

Day nursery
General Details

Situated just off the A12 on the edge of Martlesham Heath Business park, the nursery is ideally located for parents who work at Adastral Park, in Martlesham Heath or pass on the way to work. The nursery has been converted from a historic building, believed to be part of the officers' mess on the WW2 airfield which occupied the area.  Today it provides a bright and homely environment for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers, with easy access to the play gardens at the rear.

Pixels prides itself on its excellent team, picked for their expertise and experience. All our nursery practitioners have a level 2 or 3 or above childcare qualification, as well as food safety, paediatric first-aid and safeguarding qualifications.  Pixels is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we make sure all staff and volunteers share this commitment. All staff and volunteers are subject to an enhanced DBS check. 

Each room has a room leader and your child will have a key-person who has a special responsibility for their care, development and well being. Your key-person is there for a chat at the beginning or end of each day.   

Who to contact

Julie Sharples
2 Hawker Drive
Martlesham Heath
01473 611881
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Venue Details

2 Hawker Drive
Martlesham Heath
Parking available
On various bus routes from town centre and surrounding towns and villages.

Close to many bus routes - Nearest bus stops are Adastral Park and Tesco on Martlesham Heath Business Park

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
Pixels have places available for all ages 0-5 years for a variety of sessions. We also offer flexi sessions for those who work a shift pattern.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 07:30 - 18:00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Cultural provisions
Yes - Staff have undertaken training to support children and families who have english as a second language.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We have a trained chef who prepares all the food fresh each day. Our menus are colour coded for the staff and parents to identify the main food group in each dish. We have visible list of allergies, dietary and cultural requirements in the play rooms for all staff to see and the chef as a daily checklist of allergies and dietary requirements.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Trained staff familiar with the various needs of the children. We have a trained SENCO supporting staff, children and parents. We also work with outside professionals in order to support the children and thier families.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£51.81 3 years plus - per day
£57.12 2 years - per day
£60.00 Birth to 1yr - Per day
Up to 8% discount for family attending 3 days or more per week. 10% discount for families working at Suffolk Constabulary, All Martlesham Heath workers and Adastral Park. 10% discount for 6 months if you work at East of England Co-op.

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Games consoles, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory garden, Sleeping area, Vegetable patch
School pickups
Gorseland Primary School (Ipswich)
Martlesham Primary Academy (Woodbridge)
Birchwood Primary School (Ipswich)
Bealings School (Woodbridge)
Bucklesham Primary School (Ipswich)
Further information about pick-ups
(Martlesham and Kesgrave)Please contact provider for further details. Wrap around services available off site.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 1 Year(s) 2 month(s)
To 3 Year(s) 4 month(s)

Pixels caters for multi-cultural and ethnic backgrounds we use technology aids to enhance our songs and stories in different languages. We also use makaton in songs & visual aids to help bi-lingual children develop their English speaking and understanding.

Offers Tax Free Childcare
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Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
13/02/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
08/07/2014Inspection (Early Years Register)Inadequate
19/12/2014Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
27/08/2015Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
18/08/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities


The following outlines Pixels’ commitment to children with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND).

The commitment must be taken in the context of the varied interests, demands and changes that make up the business.These include the best interests of the staff, existing children and parents as well as the legal and regulatory obligations as stated in the Early Years Foundation Stage and SEND code of practice. The main aims of our SEND policy is to ensure the early identification of the needs a child may have and offering an appropriate learning environment in which we provide a range of activities to meet individual needs.

We ensure all children within the framework of our admissions policy have an equal opportunity to engage in all areas of EYFS.  We will provide a balanced and appropriate approach which is accessible to the individual needs of all our children.  We will ensure that the needs of the children are identified and assessed, and we will provide appropriate strategies through targeted support which is consistent to support learning. 

All staff observe, monitor and record children’s developmental progress on a regular basis. We carry out a ‘progress check at age two’. 

The policy describes the way we meet the needs of children who experience barriers to their learning, which may relate to the following:

  • Communication and interaction
  • Sensory and/or physical impairment
  • Cognition and learning difficulties
  • Social, metal and emotional health

We view children’s behaviour as an outward sign or indicator of another need that a young child may not be able to verbalise or understand. Staff attend training regarding behaviour strategies and will use their knowledge and expertise to build a picture of the behaviour. If a concern is raised due to a child’s behaviour, records of incidents will be recorded to enable key-persons to assess and determine an action or next step. All records made on your child are available on request and sent home termly for you to read and make comments on. Consent will be sought from the child’s parent to gain advice from outside professionals if this cause of action is deemed appropriate.

We will respond to all learners in ways which take account of their varied life experiences and needs.

Our Nursery is a converted building and wheelchair access may be a little difficult; it may be possible to adapt the building to make it more suitable if necessary however if necessary the nursery staff will endeavour to find access to the ground floor of the building.

All staff are trained in First Aid and Safeguarding children and some staff have experience in caring for children on the Autistic Spectrum. The majority of the staff are qualified to use makaton.  

We plan our early year’s curriculum to ensure that we provide appropriate learning opportunities for children with SEN, and highlighting any activities where extra support may be needed.  All equipment is able to move from room to room to allow access for all children.

Regular assessments are made of the layout of the room/furniture, timetables/routines, and activities including the positioning of activities to ensure the inclusion of all children

Parents are children’s first and most enduring educators. When parents and practitioners work together in early year’s settings, the results have a positive impact on children’s development and learning; this is why Rhymes is committed to developing an effective partnership with parents.

We hold Key Person Chats annually, if this is not convenient parents are welcome to make an alternative appointment to talk to their Key Person and look at their child’s Learning Journey. There are office facilities off the premises for parents to talk to staff away from their children or other parents so they can be assured of privacy and confidentiality.

We aim to establish close links with a number of local schools such as Gorseland, Birchwood, Martlesham Primary school and Cedarwood to name a small selection.  We aim to invite the class teachers or school SENCO to visit us to make transition easier for the children.  With parents’ permission children’s records and information will be passed on to their new setting this is particularly important for children with SEN.

The setting operates a complaints procedure please see applicable policy however if you have any complaints or concerns regarding SEN, please talk to the SENCO first and hopefully the complaint or the concern can be resolved between you without any further intervention.

Your view and opinions are valued and taken very seriously, complaints will be recorded as well as the outcome or specific action that  needed to be taken to resolve the situation and kept on file for future reference.

Julie Sharples
01473 611881
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Sensory impairments

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