" Learning ignites curiosity we never even knew we had"
" Creativity is intelligence having fun"
" You aspire to great things? Begin with little ones."
Head of Early Years
Senior Nursery Nurse
Head of Prep School Games & PE
Teacher i/c Prep School Music
Head of Swimming
We hold drop in sessions throughout the year for parents who are thinking about enrolling their child in the Early Years.
These sessions range from Woodland Adventures, Music and Stories to Stay and Play. These give you and your child the chance to familiarise yourselves with the Nursery and to meet your child’s future friends and teachers. Your child will join in with other children in the Early Years. The sessions run from 9:30am to 11am and include a snack – so please do invite friends and family.
Our Prep School Registrar will be available should you have any further questions and will be more than happy to give you a tour of the Prep School afterwards if you would like.
The formal part of the school day is from 8:20am until 4:00pm.
For Nursery children, we offer a morning session between 8:45am and 12:30pm and an afternoon session between 1:15pm and 4pm. Everyday there is a hot, nutritious home-cooked lunch served in our dining room. Every child is welcome to join us for lunch irrespective of whether they are staying all day or just a morning/afternoon session.
For parents who need wrap around care, we offer an early drop-off service from 7:45am staffed by our Early Years team. Your child can have a hot breakfast before starting the formal day. We also offer a complimentary After School Club which runs from 4pm until 5pm. Should you wish your child to stay for tea, this is served at 5:15pm and pick up is at 5:45pm. Children are welcome to stay for this wrap around care on a daily, weekly or flexible basis – whatever suits you and your family!
The wrap-around care is free of charge. However we do make a small charge of £2.50 for breakfast and £2.50 for tea.
Of course, we are more than happy to arrange this. It helps children to settle in if they are familiar with the Early Years setting and staff before starting, so we advise at least two drop in visits. For Reception children, we arrange a ‘move-up’ morning in the preceding Summer Term where your child will meet their teacher and classmates for the new academic year.
In the Nursery we have no set uniform policy, however, there is a Framlingham College branded Early Years jumper that parents may wish to purchase. Children should be dressed in comfortable clothes suitable for playing in and that you do not mind getting dirty. As part of the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, children are encouraged to become independent and we suggest that children wear clothes and shoes they can easily remove and put on without adult help.
We ask that you provide a set of spare clothes in a named bag in case your child does need to change for any reason.
With our new Early Years setting, wellingtons are an essential item and we request that you supply a named pair that can be left at the Early Years and an all-in-one puddle-suit.
In Reception, children wear official Framlingham College Prep School uniform which is available via Coes Online, Coes main flagship store in Ipswich or the on-site mini Coes store at the Senior School (located near the Leisure Centre).
All of our meals are healthy, nutritionally well-balanced and freshly made on site by our fully qualified catering team. All ingredients are locally sourced and we keep processed foods to an absolute minimum! Breakfast and lunch are served in our main dining hall.
We provide a snack mid-morning and mid-afternoon which can consist of water or milk, fruit, breadsticks and other healthy options.
For lunch, all children in the Early Years eat together with Pre Prep (Years 1, 2 and 3). Early Years staff serve the younger children at the table and sit with them throughout the meal in a family style setting.
Drinking water is available at all times for the children to access independently or on request.
It is expected that children in Reception attend every day. However, we can discuss flexibility for children under the age of 5.
In the Nursery, you can choose your session pattern to suit you. We try to ensure that everyone is able to attend at the times they wish. Your initial session request will be on the registration form and subsequently we offer parents the chance to alter their session pattern termly. We do this to fit in with claiming the Nursery Education Grant (see the next FAQ).
Should we be so full that we cannot offer the exact sessions everyone requires priority on extending the number of attended sessions will be given to the oldest children who are preparing to move into Reception.
Yes, we do. We administer the 15-hours funded Nursery Education Grant, arranged via the Local Authority, on your behalf and apply the discount to your termly fees. All children between the ages of 3 to 5 can benefit from this scheme. We will ask you to complete a form each term and on the first occasion we will need to see evidence of identity. A copy of your child’s birth certificate when you register is very helpful as it saves us asking when we make the claim for your grant.
When your child first starts in the Early Years we want to make the process of separation as easy for both of you as possible so do let us know if you want to stay for a while for the first few sessions or drop off and collect early. In the Nursery, we can contact you during the first couple of days to reassure you that all is well whilst your child settles in.
Yes, we do. We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. The curriculum is divided into seven areas of development. The first 3 are known as ‘Primary Areas’ whilst the last 4 are known as the ‘Specific Areas’.
The ‘Primary Areas’ relate to who a child is developing emotionally, physically and as a communicator. The ‘Specific Areas’ relate more to academic progress encompassing literacy, numeracy, understanding the world and expressive creative arts.
In practise, this means that when a child starts in ‘Explorers’ the main focus will initially be on the ‘Primary Areas’ and as they move towards the end of ‘Explorers’ and into ‘Discoverers’ the focus will shift towards the ‘Specific Areas’.
We are always open to discussing your child’s progress with you and to help you with any queries in any way we can.
In the Nursery, we keep a learning journey for each child that records their development via photos and recorded observations and we share this with you every term and a snap-shot every week. As part of our agreement with the Local Authority in receiving the Early Education Grant we also maintain a record of progress which we pass on to the Reception class and we are very happy to share this with you as well.
In Reception, your child will receive an official termly progress report from their teachers.
If you have any concerns about your child whilst they attend the Early Years please feel free to discuss them with us at any time. We try to ensure we provide the highest possible level of care and education at all times.
We will assess your child within the first few months of them starting. Using a progress review, we will be able to identify if your child requires additional support. If we feel your child requires this, we will take steps to ensure we fully support your child with their needs and will work collaboratively with you.
Our new Early Years provision has been designed with the outdoors in mind. Stunning panoramic views of our 25 acre site and free flowing gardens bring the outdoors in. Sliding doors from the classrooms open out into a safe, enclosed area so your child will be free to explore and learn in an inside-outside environment.
In the event that you haven’t collected your child by 5:45pm and we have had no communication to inform us of alternative arrangements, every attempt will be made to contact you. If we are unsuccessful, we will call your designated emergency contact and request that they collect your child. We cannot release a child from our care who is not the parent or emergency contact without prior written consent.
If you plan to be absent during term time due to a holiday or special occasion just let us know as soon as possible.
If your child is unwell the best place for them is at home. As a guide we would suggest that if you have had to give your child medication to bring down a fever before coming to nursery then you should keep them at home. If your child has been sick or has had diarrhoea the medical advice is to keep your child at home for 48 hours. Should your child fall ill whilst at the school we will contact you and let you know. If your child has a temperature or has been sick we will ask you to collect your child.
Should you need us to give medication to your child we will need to have written permission and instructions from you. We will keep the medicine in a safe place and our trained staff will administer it in accordance with your instructions and we will keep a record of this in our medical book. We do not keep a supply of any medicines such as painkillers in the Early Years but the school’s on-site Medical Centre does and they can be given with your permission.
Should you need to contact us at any time during the school day, for instance to inform us that your child is ill, or that you are going to be delayed in collecting your child, please phone the school on 01728 685331, email us on email@example.com.