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Highfield Nursery School and Children's Centre | Community Directory

Highfield Nursery School and Children's Centre

General Details

We are committed to promoting high quality learning through genuine partnership with the child and family at the centre.


If you would like to see any of our policies, they are available on our website or you are welcome to pop in and have a look at them.

Also has a maintained nursery school/class.

Who to contact

Ruth Coleman
Head Teacher
01473 742534
01473 742534
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Chesterfield Drive

Additional contact

Additional Website
Suffolk County Council website

Where to go

Highfield Nursery School
Chesterfield Drive
Area served
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Accessible parking is provided for the Nursery School. This is accessed from Highfield Road at Castle Hill Community Centre entrance. The nursery school car park is the TOP car park
Restrictions to access
Minimal parking at the front of centre

Days & Times

Opening hours 8am to 6pm
Time of day
Session Information
We offer breakfast club from 8am to 9am Monday to Friday - bookable in advance.
Nursery School is available for children aged 2, 3 and 4 years old.
We offer the Universal 15 funded hours and the extended offer of 30 funded hours - subject to availability.
We offer a choice of sessions throughout the day, you can choose 1, 2 or 3 sessions in any one day.
Monday - Friday 9am- 12noon, 12noon - 3pm with an after school session 3pm-6pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Butterflies is our room for 2 year olds, both funded and paid. Butterflies is run at the same time as Nursery School.
We offer a choice of sessions throughout the day, you can choose 1, 2 or 3 sessions in any one day.

Other details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£17.40 2 years - Per session
£16.80 3 years plus - Per session
£6.40 - 3 years plus Breakfast club - Per day
£6.60 - 2 years Breakfast club - Per day
£2.50 Lunch Club - Per day
Cost Details
We offer a Breakfast club in our Butterflies Room A nutritous 2 course lunch (cooked on site with help from the children) is provided
Referral required?
Age Groups
Disabled Parking, Wheelchair Access
School Transport assistance
Find out more about home to school transport

The school has qualified teachers responsible for the care and education of each individual child in their care. Our SENDCO has the national award for SEND. All practitioners receive regular SEND updates and training, all practitioners have or are receiving full 10 week ELKLAN accredited under 5 speech and language training and are MAKATON  and PECs trained. This is used daily throughout the setting. Some staff have specific expertise in early developmental play  (specialist early physical development), VIG trained staff, THERAPLAY trained and each class has a specific extra trained practitioner to offer support. Specialist nurture is provided as well as in house weekly speech and language support for children and their families.  Please contact us for further information or to discuss your child''s needs.

School Type
School Status
LA Maintained
Academy Sponsor/Trust
View the latest Ofsted Inspection Report
DfE Number
Chair of Governors
Jenny Auber
Last Updated

Nursery provision

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - The centre is fully accessible to wheelchair users
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Food is cooked on site daily and is able to cater to special dietary needs. We use local producers and currently hold the Soil Association 'Food for Life' Award
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Physical impairment
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Forest school, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Pet small mammals, Private changing area, Quiet area, Slide, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch

Other Details

Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Here at Highfield we aim to provide an environment inclusive to all children. We are committed to ensuring that all children are given the opportunities and support needed to achieve their full potential.

We acknowledge and respect that each child attending our setting is unique, and some children may require individual support due to their unique set of needs.

We believe good mental well being is key to children’s success to ensure resilience throughout life, and is the responsibility of all staff and community. Evidence based research reinforces our nurturing approach and underpins our ethos.

We therefore have the following procedures in place to ensure equality of access to all.

  • Families are welcomed to visit when expressing an interest in Nursery.
  • We have several evening introductory sessions for parents/carers offered a place for their child. This is an opportunity to build parent/carer partnerships.
  • Every new child receives a home visit from our staff. Teachers and key workers visit the child at home where parents/carers can express concerns.  Due to Covid restrictions - home visits currently take place in the nursery garden
  • During the first few weeks at Nursery each child is observed and assessed by their teacher and key workers in relation to their involvement levels and well being. Immediate concerns are shared with parents and the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator (SENDCO).
  • We follow a system of assessment focusing on every child’s mental well being and involvement, and their developement (To follow Suffolk’s Ten Year Strategy 2012-2022) Each child's resilience is measured and tracked throughout each term. We feel it is wholly applicable to young children as it focuses on the fundamental areas necessary for life long learners. It offers interventions and support methods to strengthen emotional health.
  • Physical development, Personal, Social and Emotional development and communication and language will also be assessed. Where possible, children are supported with individual support plans. Strategies can be incorporated within home and school.
  • After discussion with parents/carers outside professionals will be contacted if needed.
  • An Education, Health and Care Plan may be introduced upon review with other agencies. This is a statutory document which outlines the strengths and support needed from 0 – 25 years old. This will be reviewed annually by all the agencies involved.
  • Parents/carers will be able to access Suffolk’s Local Offer with support from the SENDCO and other professionals. This is a directory of services offered to support their child.
  • Parents/carers of a child on an EHC Plan will be given direct payments so that they can make their own choices with regards to their child’s care.
  • Medical conditions including mental health are supported as above.

Linked team for Statutory Assessment and EHCPs: 

Ipswich South and West Family Services (email: SENDSS@suffolk.gov.uk)

Helen Norman
01473 742534
Highfield Nursery School - Local Offer
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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