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The Willows Daycare Ltd

Day nursery
General Details

Willows Day Care is a fantastic provision, which opened in January 2007. We offer high quality full day care and education for children from birth to five years.

We offer a bright, friendly stimulating environments for children to explore, feel secure, learn and have fun. We are fully resourced with high quality equipment in all three of our Daycare rooms 0-2years, 2-3years and 3-5years, the large outside play and learning environment is perfect for all weather conditions allowing the children to have free flow access through out the day.We have a baby room which can have up to 6 babies in at anyone time with a small sleeping area and an area for non mobile babies, we have a small baby garden which is set up daily to mirrors the stimulating learning enviroment indoors.

 All staff are experienced practitioners who have a level 3 childcare qualification or are working towards one, we currently have three Early Years proffessional working within the daycare across all rooms.Healthy freshly cooked hot meals are provided at lunchtime with a cold tea in the afternoon prepared on site by the nursery cook on a 4 weekly menu rotation.

In our latest Ofsted inspection in July 2015 we were awarded 'outstanding' and highly praised for the high quality care and provision, since opening in 2007 we have been awarded outstanding in all  three of our ofsted inspections.

Children and families can benefit from the facilities in the Willows Children's Centre such as the soft play room and various other activities and groups they provide. We have close links with the Children’s Centre whose staff can offer support to any families who require it. We have links with Jobcentre Plus whose staff can help calculate parent’s finances and give advice on funding available for single parents and parents working 16 hours or more. Children who are entitled to 2year Old Funding or Early Education sessions can receive these through are daycare.

Who to contact

Joanne Lynch or Emily Carter
Senior Daycare Managers
Willows Daycare Ltd
Willows Children's Centre
Magdalene Close
01473 601327
Charity Commissioning Number

Venue Details

The Willows Children's Centre
Parking available
Parking details
there is a small Car Park for users of the daycare and childrens centre

we can be easily accessed via Ipswich bus route number 12.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Other information
Please contact The Willows Daycare Ltd for vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 18:00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Yes - Special dietary needs are catered for and alternatives meals can be prepared by the nursery cook. If your child has any special dietary needs please inform the key person during the registration process.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Staff members under take Special needs modules to become a Special needs coordinator (SENCO).Staff experienced in dealing with children with Autism and Cerebral Palsy and have knowledge of PECS.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Autistic spectrum
Downs syndrome
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£42.15 8am-6pm (3-5yrs) 3 years plus - per day
£24.75 8am-1pm (3-5yrs) Morning Session
£24.75 1pm-6pm (3-5yrs) Afternoon Session
£19.80 8.45-12.45am / 1.15-5.15pm (3-5yrs) Per 4hr session
£45.90 8am-6pm (2-3yrs) 2 years - per day
£26.70 8am-1pm (2-3yrs) Morning Session
£26.70 1pm-6pm (2-3yrs) Afternoon Session
£21.35 8.45-12.45am / 1.15-5.15pm (2-3yrs) Per 4hr session
£50.20 8am-6pm (0-2yrs) Birth to 1yr - Per day
£29.15 8am-1pm (0-2yrs) Morning Session
£29.15 1pm-6pm (0-2yrs) Afternoon Session
£16.05 8.45-11.45 /1.15-4.15 (2-3yrs) 2 years - Per session
£14.90 8.45-11.45/1.15-4.15 (3-5yrs) 3 years plus - Per session

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, Close to parks, Computer, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Out-door play, Pet fish, Playroom, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Soft play area, Swings, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch
School pickups
St Mark's Catholic Primary School (Ipswich)
Further information about pick-ups
Pick up from Willows Primary School and St Marks Catholic Primary School for our After School Club.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 0 Year(s) 0 month(s)
To 5 Year(s)
Last Updated

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
24/06/2010Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
03/06/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding
23/08/2019Inspection (Early Years Register)Outstanding

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

The willows Daycare has a qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinators (SENCo) and a SEND support worker who can support children with special educational needs and their families, as well as the setting to unsure that we are maintaining inclusive practice and providing enabling environments for all early years’ children to access. Over the last 11years we have had the opportunity to provide childcare to several children with hearing impairments ranging from glue ear to being profoundly deaf and have been able to support children with suspected ASD and children diagnosed with Autism,  to achieve within a mainstream nursery. As a setting we have good knowledge and understanding of different strategies to support children with special educational needs and disabilities, empowering them to challenge their own  abilities in a rich learning environment.

We have experienced  working with different types of equipment which can be used to support children's development such as cochlear implants, radio aids, sound fields and PECS. We recognise how important it is to know how specialist equipment works and are happy to be trained to use any equipment necessary for all children to access our busy mainstream nursery environment.

Our SENCO's and practitioners have been able to worked alongside  Lead Advisory Teachers for hearing impaired children, sensory support practitioners, speech and language therapists and specialist health visitors, we understand the importance of good working relationships with all professional bodies working with individual children and  their families.  Our staff have experience working with Educational Health Care Plan and IEP's.   

Our whole setting uses Makaton signs and symbols on a daily basis, we currently have a Makaton sign of the week and song of the month which all children have been enjoying learning and using. Around 90% of our staff have had Makaton training completing stages 1-4 and some staff have completed stages 5-8.   We are lucky to have  staff who have completed some BSL training also.

Georgina Young
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Physical disabilities

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