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Big Sky Nurseries

Day nursery
Coronavirus Support

Setting is open to offer childcare places to children of key workers and for vulnerable children. Closed Bank Holidays

General Details

Big Sky Nursery, Beccles are situated adjacent to Beccles Railway Station. Our aim is to provide high quality care and education for children below statutory school age in an environment that is relaxed and comforting which adds to the life and well-being of its local community. All children are respected and valued and we provide experiences to support their physical, social, emotional and intellectual development in a stimulating caring and secure environment. We work in partnership with parents to help children to learn and develop as well as offering children and their families a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

Staff at our setting are all qualified in Level 2 and higher with our manager holding a BA Hons in Children’s care learning and development. 4 staff members hold BA hons degrees from Children’s care, learning and development, Education and Childhood Studies and Early Childhood studies. 1 Staff member holds a MA degree. Our staff are committed to continuous professional development enabling all children to have a bright future. The nursery has a high ratio of adults to children which helps us to give time and attention to each child, talk to them about their interests and activities. This allows the children to explore and be adventurous in safety and help children to experience and benefit from the activities we provide. During your child’s time at Big Sky Nursery, Beccles your child will be allocated a key person. Their key person monitors their development in order to ensure that individual needs are met and they are making progress in their learning, reflecting the child’s current interests. Staff create a programme of themes throughout the year to ensure that the children are given a wide range of active, real life and everyday experiences to enhance their learning about the world.

Our Sunshine Room (0-2) is fully equipped for nine children split between two rooms. The rooms have dedicated areas for exploration, sleep and play. One side of the room has carpet for the pre-crawlers and the other side has a hard floor for the older ones to explore. The other joining room for the 0-2 is filled with sensory toys for example a bubble tube, sensory bottles, soft toys and sensory books.

Recently the downstairs for the older children has had a change. The room has now split into two separate rooms. The Raindrop Room (2-3) and the Rainbow Room (3-5). We decided to make this change to focus on the ages of our children and the activities specifically catered for their ages. The Raindrop room allows the children to explore using their senses, complete activities catered to their age and have freedom to explore. The Raindrop room also has areas dedicated to learning, for example malleable, maths, reading and home corner. The Rainbow Room (3-5) has dedicated areas including a mathematical and graphics area enabling children to develop their emerging skills. All children are encouraged to access our outdoor space which contains an outdoor classroom for all weathers, mud kitchen area, along with space for running, biking and group games. The outdoor classroom has just been refurbished. The outdoor classroom has a sensory area, a creative area, a home corner and a reading area.



Who to contact

Big Sky Nurseries
01502 448610
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Venue Details

Big Sky Nurseries
Station Road
NR34 9QJ
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Close to Beccles train station

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


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Other information
Please contact Big Sky Nurseries for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 08:00am - 18:00pm

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Health care plans. Food providers cater for individual needs.


Please contact us directly for cost details.

Other Details

Arts and crafts, Close to parks, Computer, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Out-door play, Playroom, Quiet area, Sleeping area, Slide, Take children on outings
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 3 month(s)
To 5 Year(s)
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
28/09/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

At Big Sky Nursery, Beccles, we have an equal opportunities approach in our setting. We welcome all children and their families into our nursery and support them throughout their time with us. We cater for children and work alongside families with Special Educational Needs and have a family centred approach to support and help children throughout their developmental stages. We have an accredited Special Educational Needs Coordinator (Natalie Moore) and accredited deputy SENCO (Emma Chaston) who will work alongside the individual child as well, with the keyperson and their parents/carers and will also work closely with outside agencies to enable each child for fulfil their potential, and work to achieve over and above the targets set for them.

We understand the importance of working closely with the parents/carer so at Big Sky Nurseries we have an extensive induction process which includes the parents and the child coming into nursery for the 1st visit. During this visit the parents will fill out the registration form, All about me and other forms needed for the child to start. These forms will be filled out with their child’s allocated key worker during the 1st initial visit. This enables parents to work closely with their child’s key worker to establish a relationship and to answer any questions/queries they may have. After the 1st visit parents book another 2 settling in sessions which they leave the child for 1 hour. We have a ‘first five sessions’ form which all children will receive. Our All About Me booklet will allow our team to understand interests/activities the individual child enjoys to help the child settle into the setting, and we also use an online learning journey system to allow parents to keep up to date with all their child’s progress along with their daily diary so parents don’t miss any part of their child’s nursery day. We also have a private parents meeting room which parents are able to use for professionals meetings, along with review meetings with our SENCO to allow parents to relax in a familiar environment while their children are also in a safe environment with staff they are familiar with. We provide a rich learning environment, inside and out, which enables children to flourish and enjoy new activities. We have a stimulating outside area which is complete with an outside classroom, mud kitchen, bug hotel, natural area and construction area for children to explore.

There are many ways in which a child with additional needs can make the most of the opportunities provided. 9 staff members have received Makaton training level 1 and 2 and two members of staff trained up to level 4 Makaton.  We use Makaton on a daily basis with all children to help encourage children’s language development. Some of the approaches we include are: supporting the child during play/language activities, allowing additional time for members of staff to plan efficiently for the child, behaviour management plans (agreed with parents/carers), allowing time for staff to observe the child, monitor the provision regularly, supporting staff to undertake additional training and dual placements for children with complex needs.

We have a system of observation and assessment planning for all children. Children, when appropriate, are supported by Individual Educational Plans which will include SMART targets. These plans will be discussed with the parents/carers to ensure that they are happy for the nursery to put these targets in place and to arrange a date to renew them (usually termly).

We have arrangements in place to identify and support children with special educational needs or disabilities and promote equal opportunities throughout our nursery. Our staff at Big Sky Nurseries all hold a Level 2 and above and have had additional training which suits their job roles. These vary from Food Safety, Paediatric first aid, Makaton, Safeguarding, Structured learning to support children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Mental health in Early Years, Letters and Sounds, Picture Exchange Communication System(PECS) and Supporting children and families with English as additional language (EAL) and many more.

Our Display board and website gives a chance for parents/carers to look at to show all our qualifications and achievements.

Natalie Moore
01502 448610

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