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The Roundabout Nursery Ltd

Day nursery


About Us

The Roundabout Nursery has been open since June 2005 and is a small family-run nursery situated on the Grange Farm development in Kesgrave. The nursery is open from 7.45 am to 6.00 pm Monday to Friday, all year round. The nursery is closed for bank holidays and the week between Christmas and New Year. We are registered for 26 children from 3 months - 5 years of age. We offer a choice of full or part-time care to support you whether you work, want to return to work, or are training. We offer 15 or 30-hour government-funded places for children who are 3 years old and 2-year funding for those children that are eligible. We aim to work together to create a warm and inviting atmosphere, where your child feels welcome and at home. We only want good people to take care of your children and we have a friendly, caring, and hardworking team, who fully support a happy caring nursery atmosphere for all the children and families. In addition to our own rigorous standards, all staff are experienced, qualified, and cleared by the Disclosure Barring Service. All our staff regularly attend training courses and workshops to enhance their knowledge and development.

Our Aim -

Is to provide a good quality childcare and nursery education in a secure, nurturing, stimulating, and caring environment, where your child will develop to meet their full potential, combing education, social skills, physical play, and to have fun too. Our aim is to get children involved and interested in as many activities as possible and we follow the 'Early Years Foundation Stage' (EYFS) to ensure that all children develop fully in each area of learning.


If you would like to read our latest Ofsted report dated 17th March 2022 please see link provided- We received a GOOD!https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/16/EY433156

Our environment-

Baby Room

Our Baby Room has its own nappy changing facilities and self-contained kitchen area, a comfy sleep area with cots, sleep mats, and soft cushions. Messy play area for sand, water painting, etc. Open space area for exploring and imaginative play. The baby room has its own garden with decking and a grass area. The nursery provides all-in-one waterproof outdoor clothing so that all children can have the opportunity to explore outside whatever stage of their development and weather. Each child has their own daily care diary filled out by their key person detailing nappy changes, sleep times, and what they have eaten during the session. We also have an 'All About Me' which we ask parents to complete before their child starts which gives us information about their current routines, as we strive as much as possible to work around it so that your child will have a sense of continuity.

Over 2’s Room

Our over 2's room has its own self-contained kitchen, accessible toilet, and direct access to their own low-level toilets and sinks allowing for independence in their toileting needs and hand washing. There are various activities available throughout their day including arts and crafts, messy play, sand and water, role play/home corner area, problem-solving, numbers and mark making, construction, and a quiet/book area where children can relax and read/look at books by themselves or share with their friends. There is direct access to a large outside area with artificial grass where we aim to bring everything we do inside to our outside area. We also have a physical area to encourage children to climb and balance. We try to grow flowers, fruit, and vegetables and help the children to grow and look after them. We use vegetables and fruit in our meals and snacks.


Curiosity Approach Accreditation-

We are currently working towards achieving the curiosity approach accreditation completing a one-year course with our team and changing our approach. “This is a modern-day Approach that fits perfectly in current changing technological times. Bringing curiosity, awe, and wonder into early childhood & creating the 'thinkers & doers' of the future. We aim to empower and ignite passion and excitement in practitioners. Giving you the tools and knowledge to enable you and you’re setting to create beautiful play spaces for children.” Please click on this link to see more information: https://www.thecuriosityapproach.com/

Our software systems-

At the Roundabout Nursery, we use:

Tapestry keeps you in touch with your child’s day wherever you are

As parents, the first day of handing over your child to the care of another can be an emotional time. As your child adjusts to experiences without you at their childminder, nursery, or school, most parents continue to want to share in these times. Tapestry facilitates this, by enabling a personal journal, or diary, to build over time. Photographs, videos and notes of special moments are not only recorded, but can be made available regularly and often immediately to you.

Use iOS or Android apps to receive new entries in your child’s journal celebrating their achievements and exciting activities, individually or with their new friends and the staff looking after them. Contribute to this growing journal by commenting on the journal entries, or even adding your own. Let your child’s teachers know what your child loves doing at home by sending photos and videos back, helping them understand their development at home. Your child’s other relatives can also be set up with access to the Tapestry profile so you can all share the excitement of the growth of your child.

Also share these special moments with your child at any time by logging into their Learning Journal, using your own password. In addition to the simple pleasure of seeing your child’s enthusiasm in describing their day, talking together about the pictures and video clips in their journal helps to develop your child’s language skills and build their self-esteem.

When your child leaves their first early education provision, the teachers there can provide you with a copy of their Tapestry learning journal to keep and treasure, as an electronic file or paper copy, as well as enabling you to download and keep the videos that have given you an insight into their first independent experiences. Your child’s Tapestry journal can also be passed onto their primary school for their new teachers to add to, building a wonderful record of their development from baby and early childhood to the end of their primary education.


We use parent admin for all invoices, digital registers, child registrations,accident and incident forms for parents to acces please see link to view the details: https://www.nurseryinabox.com/parent-app-and-newsfeed/


Key person role &Tapestry Learning journal

Each child in both rooms has a key worker who is responsible for your child's self-care, developing their learning skills through observations and planned activities from the child's interest, following the guidelines of the EYFS. They are responsible for completing your child's 'Learning Journey' which includes photographs and observations via tapestry online. 

Joining fees and how to register your space

There is a £50 deposit to secure your place if you are booking within three months of starting, this is refundable and returned onto your last month’s invoice when the contract is terminated. For spaces over three months ahead there is a non-refundable retainer fee due to securing your space early. To register we use our software programme ‘Nursery in a box’ and use the parent admin app or website by sending you an email link to register your child’s details. All invoices, accident and incident forms, direct messaging to the management team, absence booking, and a variety of other services are available to you through this.

Annual Leave

If your child attends nursery 51 weeks of the year, we do offer 2 weeks holiday entitlement free of charge with 4 weeks’ notice. This is calculated on a pro-rata basis (attendance 2 sessions a week will be 4 sessions a year) Holiday entitlement runs from January to December For children that are 3 year funded please see your funding contract for annual leave bookings.

Do you offer Term time spaces?

Yes, we do offer term time spaces. Please note these are done on a first come first serve basis, due to a limited number of spaces within the Nursery at any one time.

Are there settling in sessions?

Yes, the nursery offers 3 taster session which are free of charge for your child to come along and play with their new friends and for you both to meet the staff.

1. The first session is 1 hour, and we ask parents to stay for 30 minutes and to use this opportunity to complete all the necessary paperwork. Then leave your child for 30 minutes in our care.

2. The second session is for 1 hour and your child can be left to play with their friends.

3. The third session is for 2 hours and again your child can be left to play with their friends.

Some children take longer to settle than others and our staff can give you advice and support about settling your child into nursery. We welcome parents/carers to telephone during the day to know how their child is settling in. Our nursery day is organised so that children can experience a wide variety of activities which allow time for free play, adult led, and child chosen activities. The routine allows the children to take part in adult led small and large group activities which helps them to gain new skills (listening, following instructions) and learning to work with others


We provide breakfast, a mid-morning snack, two course lunch, an afternoon snack, and a light tea. All meals and snacks are prepared by our nursery chef. The menus are displayed in the lobby area, and they provide children with healthy and nutritious food and drinks. We cater for children with food allergies, cultural and religious beliefs and the key person will discuss the menu and what alternatives we can offer when your child starts at the nursery

Extra activities

In the two plus room we have weekly toddler yoga sessions, cookery classes, story time and science sessions. Children can get very messy during their play experiences, and we recommend that children wear clothes that parents don't mind getting messy (mud, paint, gloop, glue etc). Also, spare changes of clothes as they usually like playing in the water area too.

Other links:

Our website: http://www.roundaboutnursery.co.uk/



3 & 4 year old funding

Who to contact

Kirstie Pollard
The Roundabout Nursery Ltd
Rear of 131 Main Road
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Venue Details

The Roundabout Nursery Ltd
Rear of 131 Main Road
View IP5 1AA on a map
Venue Email
Parking available
Parking details
Parking is available in the All Saints Church car park - front and rear of the building
Our Nursery can be accessed via First Eastern Counties bus route 66 which runs from Ipswich through to Woodbridge and Woodbridge through to Ipswich. The bus stop closest to our Nursery is outside Tesco on Grange Farm. The buses which run along the main road are school buses only.

Although our address is Main Road, Kesgrave, the Nursery can accessed from Ropes Drive on Grange Farm Kesgrave. We have a small car park with direct access into the Nursery building via a ramp.

We share our entrance with The Royal British Legion.

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
Roundabout Nursery shares the 30 hours with any other provider however the 15 universal hours must be claimed at Roundabout Nursery.


Last updated
Immediate vacancies

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 07:45 - 18:00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - We have an environment that reflects other cultures along with a menu that has food types of meals from around the world and celebrate festivals in other cultures and beliefs. Parent's are welcome to provide recipes of meals that they would like to see on our menu and come in and talk about their cultural beliefs and support us with activities we provide the children.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - We have a numerous menu and liaise with parents to include other foods into our menu to cater for all childrens needs.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - Staff are trained in makaton, autistic spectrum,speech and language asthma and epi-pen trained. We use signing, pec's and picture exchange in the nursery.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Autistic spectrum
Cerebral Palsy
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Learning difficulties
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


for details of our price list please contact the nursery manager

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Baby facilities, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sensory play equipment, Sleeping area, Slide, Soft play area, TV - DVD, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch, Village walks
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 0 Year(s) 3 month(s)
To 5 Year(s) 0 month(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
21/02/2012Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
11/07/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
31/03/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
17/03/2022Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Roundabout Nursery has a qualified SENCo who coordinates our provision for those children with special educational needs or disabilities. Our staff fully understand the need to provide an environment which is inclusive of all children and actively seek out ways in which to put this into practice.

We use Makaton signing within our standard practice with all children and relish learning new vocabulary each month from the Makaton website.

Our policies and procedures support our day-to-day inclusive and nondiscriminatory practice and our SEND policy is uploaded on this website accordingly.

Our physical environment is on one level with a ramp into the building and out of the Nursery into the outside area. The garden has astroturf and is flat with various different areas which are accessible to all children.

Within our team, we have individuals who are experienced in recognising and then working alongside children with a variety of physical disabilities, impairments, speech, and language delays plus those children whose behaviour may be challenging for a variety of reasons.

Parent partnership is an area in which we excel and is key to early intervention, supporting children and families through the graduate approach.

We work closely with outside agencies where relevant and appropriate and have particularly strong links with Kesgrave Children’s Centre.

The Nursery Manager Kirstie Pollard is the designated SENCO and has over 17 years of experience in the childcare sector.  Kirstie has worked with children whose English is not their first language, children on the Autistic spectrum, AD/HD attention difficulties, communication delays, cerebral palsy, and behaviour difficulties.

Kirstie Pollard
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties

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