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Norton Pre-School

Pre-School Playgroup

Norton Pre-School operates from purpose built premises next to Norton Village hall with access to a large car parking area. The Pre School was originally established in the 1970s & has been running successfully ever since. We are Ofsted registered. Our aim at the Pre School is to offer a warm & caring environment where your child will learn & develop through play, with the support of well-qualified & caring staff. All staff, committee members and volunteers are DBS checked. Our team are well qualified and experienced and are always keen to continue with their professional development. We have a large outside area with a soft play, grass, flower & planting area, large canopy for use all year round. We also take the children on visits within the village & further a field & have regular visitors to the Pre School throughout the year. We offer a fully inclusive environment & aim to ensure that all children are given every opportunity to develop to their full potential. Where children have additional needs the Pre School will work with their parents/carers & outside agencies such as portage, speech therapists to ensure that their needs are met. We take a positive approach to behaviour & set fair & consistent boundaries so all children feel safe & secure. We give praise to children who are behaving positively & support & understanding to children who need help to stay within the pre school boundaries. We have close links with Norton Primary School. We attend assemblies & special events throughout the year & have regular meetings with the reception teacher. Norton Primary School children may attend the breakfast and After School club. We welcome visits to our pre school. Our aim at Norton Pre-School is for our children to have fun while learning. In an environment that they feel happy in, with friends that they can share their experiences with and with staff that care, keep them safe and secure, whilst also helping them to become independent, self secure and ready to move on to their next step in their education. Also to work with their parents and carers in partnership to ensure that the child can achieve to their full potential.

At Norton Pre-School we offer fully funded 15 and 30 hour childcare for all eligible children with no additional costs.  We are also registered for the governments tax free childcare and childcare voucher schemes.

So if you would like to find out more about us, please come along & have a look for yourself. 

Who to contact

Anne Gladwish
Pre-School Manager
Honeywood Corner
Ixworth Road
Bury St Edmunds
IP31 3LE
01359 232736
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Contact Notes

We are next to Norton Village Hall

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Venue Details

Norton Pre-School
Honywood Corner
Ixworth Road
IP31 3LE
Venue Email
Venue Website
Parking available
Parking details
Large car park outside shared with Norton Village Hall
Restrictions to access

We are situated on the same site as Norton Village Hall, offering a large car park and easy access to the play park and Norton Primary School.

We have a lovely outside area, with large sandpit, climbing area, bikes, mud kitchen.  Space to run and climb, dig and get dirty, have fun with their friends supported by caring adults who help the children to learn through their play.

Additional contact

Kim Beckett
01359 232736

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?


Last updated
Immediate vacancies
Other information
We have spaces for children aged 2-5 years 8.45-2.45pm. Limited spaces 8am- 8.45am and 2.45-6.15pm. Please contact Norton Pre-School for up to date vacancy information.

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 08:00 - 18:00
Monday to Friday AM: 8.45am - 11.45am
Monday to Friday: lunch club 11.45am - 12.45am
Monday to Friday PM: 12.45pm - 2.45pm
Monday to Friday: After School club 2.45pm - 4pm/4.30pm/5pm/5.30pm or 6pm
Monday to Friday: After School Club Primary School 3pm - 4pm/4.30pm/5pm/5.30pm or 6pm

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Yes - This setting has level access to their premises.
Cultural provisions
Yes - This setting complies with all equality legislation. We welcome children and families from all backgrounds and cultures.
Individual dietary needs
Yes - All dietary needs will be catered for. Staff are experienced in many different dietary needs. These include Vegans, Vegetarian & allergies to nuts, gulten and dairy.
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Yes - We welcome children with any additional needs. We aim to adapt our Pre-School, sessions, routines and activities to ensure that all children are able to participate in all activities. We work with the children parents and other agencies to ensure that all children in our care are offered a wide range of experiences and activities so that each child can achieve their full potential. Where we feel a child is not able to reach their full potential we will seek support from outside agencies to put strategies in place to ensure we are able to offer every opportunity for that child.
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
Aspergers Syndrome
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Downs syndrome
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Speech and language difficulties


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£4.00 Per hour
We aim to offer flexible options for working parents and non working parents. Our hourly rate is £4.00. We also offer 15 hour fully funded government funded sessions for all 3 and 4 year olds, 30 hours fully funded sessions for all eligible 3 and 4 year olds and 15 hour fully funded government funded sessions for all eligible 2 year olds. For more details and to apply for funded sessions please see. We charge all parents for 38 weeks per year, holiday clubs are optional and their is no retaining fee for parents that only want term time hours. Parents who wish to take additional weeks can use our holiday clubs. Parents not taking all their funded hours may stretch their funding across our holiday clubs. Parents who do use all their funding during term will be charged. £15 for a 9am -1pm session, £21 for a 9am -3pm session and £27 for a 9am - 5pm. An early start 8am - 9am and late finish 5pm-6pm is also available for £4 per hour.

Other Details

Accessible parking, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Computer, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Pet reptile, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Slide, Take children on outings, Village walks
School pickups
Norton CEVCP School (Bury St Edmunds)
Further information about pick-ups
Children are taken to Norton Primary School from the Breakfast club at 8.35am and collected by Pre-School staff at 3pm for After School Club.
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 5 Year(s)

At Norton Pre-School we aim to be as flexible as possible to cater for parents and children's needs.  Sessions are pre-booked for a term and parents are charged for 38 weeks per year.  If you require additional sessions during the school holidays these are optional and are charged at our holiday club prices or children that do not use all of their entitled funding during term time may use stretched funding, so that some of their funding covers hours during holiday club times.  

If you are looking for a friendly and vibrant Pre-School which puts the needs of your child first they try Norton Pre-School.  Please give us a call to arrange a visit.

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
09/03/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
25/02/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
12/02/2016Inspection (Early Years Register)Requires Improvement
17/11/2016Re-inspection (Early Years Register)Good

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Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

At Norton Pre-School we aim to provide high quality care and education for all children that attend, by meeting their individual needs.  Adapting our Pre-School where possible to accommodate all children so that they can reach their full potential.  We work in partnership with parents and other agencies to ensure that the children who attend the Pre-School with SEND are able to participate in all activities and where this is not possible due to additional equipment or adaptation of our Pre-School we will endeavour to find funding to make this possible if we can.

Our staff are well qualified and very experienced, updating qualifications and their professional development regularly. Where additional training is recognised for children with SEND we ensure that as many staff as possible can attend.  

Our SENCO will work in partnerships with the child and their family and at transition times such as starting a new setting or transfer to Primary School our SENCO will liasie closely with the practitioners or teacher to help provide a smooth transition.

Anne Gladwish
01359 232736
Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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