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Nurture in Nature

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A child led learning environment where every child is valued for the individual they are. We have built an inclusive learning family setting where children are able to navigate their own path at the beginning of their learning journey.

Our aim is to provide individualised care in a homely, nurturing, secure and stimulating environment where the individuality of each child is recognised. We want all of our children to develop at a pace that harmonises with their needs, gaining in self-confidence, learning kindness and empathy, respecting our natural environment, and becoming attuned to the beauty of the world around them. Our dedicated staff value and encourage parental involvement in the life of the nursery.

Inspired by the Curiosity Approach, your little ones will learn at their own pace by exploring the world around them, using every-day objects, and the best possible playground, the beautiful natural environment of the Suffolk Heritage Coast. Old Hospital Nursery has its own outdoor play area. It is a short walk to Southwold beach and across the street from Tibby’s Green playground. Next door is Southwold Library and The Canteen, where the children get to explore a variety of new foods provided by local Suffolk producers.

Every child is unique.

We help children to develop by celebrating their uniqueness. Allowing them to develop confidence, a sense of self worth, independence and a love to learn attitude.

Stress-free Learning.

Our children learn through play in an unpressurised environment where children navigate their own learning journey through guided exploration. This lays the foundation for the life-long skills of problem solving and critical thinking.

Educating the heart.

We educate your children’s hearts by nurturing them in a place that is an extension of home, not a watered down version of school. With us, they absorb the values of sharing, respect, kindness and empathy.

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Treasuring our Natural Environment.

We encourage in our little ones a sense of awe and wonder at the natural world. Our children spend lots of outdoor time in all kinds of weather.

A safe, calm and tranquil place.

Modern life is full of auditory and visual stimulation, by providing a safe calm learning environment were children are secure in routines and expectations we help to minimise these stressors.

Beauty and Authenticity.

Young children are drawn to beauty and authenticity. Our setting is a light and beautiful space, full of natural light, where children will use real household objects to stimulate their imaginations.

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The Old Hospital Nursery offers...

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A diverse range of music and movement activities
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Beautiful nature all around for children to discover and explore
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An allotment where the children help to grow and harvest edible plants
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A nurturing, carefree space designed for safety and well-being
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Access to the library, all the books a child could need. Regular visits from the librarians.
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A five minute walk to the beach and selections of parks.

How we Support a smooth transition into nursery life

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Open 50 weeks/year. 8:00 - 18:00 for ages 3 months to 4 years


Full Day 9:00 – 17:00:
Half Day 9:00 – 13:00
OR 13:00 – 17:00:

6 Hour Session 9:00 – 15:00:

Additional time:
Early Start / Late Finish, prior to 9:00 & after 17:00 (available upon request):

Holiday Cover

We also provide holiday cover subject to availability at £10 per hour

Funded Sessions

We provide government funded sessions for children of 3-4 years up to 30 hours per week. Government funding is intended to cover the delivery of early education and care only.

We are also registered for working tax credit for childcare.

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Our Supporters

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