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East Coast College manages three nurseries - one on the main Lowestoft Campus, one in the Kirkley Children's Centre and the other on the main Great Yarmouth Campus. They are all open to children of students, staff and members of the local community. Between them the nurseries offer childcare for those between the age of six weeks and five years - age ranges vary by nursery. All three nurseries received Good grades in their last Ofsted Inspections. 

The East Coast College maintained nurseries aim to:

  • create a friendly, caring environment in which children feel secure
  • provide play provision and equipment which is suitable for each age group
  • create a stimulating environment providing children with opportunities to explore through play to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually
  • promote positive behaviour enabling children to grow in confidence and self-esteem
  • create an equal opportunity environment in which all children are encouraged to reach their full potential
  • consult and involve parents/carers in their child's care and education
  • provide a safe environment in which parents feel confident to leave their children

Who can use the nurseries?

  1. Children whose parents/carers are studying a Further Education or Higher Education qualification.
  2. Children of non-college staff/parents
  3. Children of College Staff

Placement allocation is at the discretion of the nursery management team.

The nurseries are open all year round with the exception of bank holidays and some close for one week at Christmas when East Coast College closes (no charge is incurred). Some nurseries will be closed for two days a year for staff development and training. Parents/carers will be informed at least two months in advance of these dates. There will be no charge for these days when the nurseries are closed. 

Opening hours for both the Lowestoft Campus Nursery and Ladybird Day Care are as follows: 
Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.30pm 
Morning Session - 8.00am - 1.00pm 
Afternoon Session - 1.00pm - 5.30pm

Opening hours for Great Yarmouth Nursery are as follows: 
Monday – Friday - 8am – 5.30pm

The Nursery is closed on all recognised bank holidays, weekends and over the Christmas period. You will not be charged for your session when the nursery is closed

Late collection of children causes considerable disruption and, whilst we understand that occasionally unexpected incidents will result in a carer being late, persistent late collection will result in an additional charge and we reserve the right to charge any parent/carer the equivalent of an hour's charge for every 15 minutes late after the end of the child's session.

Lowestoft Campus Nursery

Tel: 01502 525136
St Peter's Street, Lowestoft

The Lowestoft Campus nursery has been open since 1988 and is situated in the College grounds. At the start of 2013 the nursery moved in to a brand new building which offers three separate playrooms and a secure garden area. It was inspected by Ofsted in 2017 and received an overall grade of Good (2).
The nursery can accommodate 38 children aged from six weeks to five years. Children can attend on a full-time or part-time basis either a few days a week or just mornings or afternoons. For more information about Lowestoft Campus nursery click on the links below.  

Ladybird Day Care

Tel: 01502 532740 Extension 3
Kirkley Children's Centre, Lowestoft 

Ladybird Day Care opened in May 2007 and is registered with Ofsted. Ladybird Day Care is situated in the Kirkley Children’s Centre on the ground floor in a secure purpose built unit with a large outdoor area. 
The two play rooms can be accessed by the main entrance to the Centre and then via a security door. The Day Care can accommodate 56 children aged from six weeks to five years. Children attend on a regular full- or part-time basis. Ladybird Day Care was inspected by Ofsted in 2017 and received an overall grade of Good (2).

Great Yarmouth Nursery

Tel: 01493 442443
Lichfield Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth

Great Yarmouth Campus Nursery has been established at its current location since 2005 and provides full day care for children aged between 3 months and 5 years and can accommodate 44 children per session.

The nursery is situated in the grounds of East Coast College, Great Yarmouth and provides childcare for the children of staff and students of the college and also the general public.

The children are split into three rooms to cater for their different ages. As the children grow, they move up into the next room suited to their age and individual stage of development. All children learn through play and activities are provided to aid development in line with government legislation and guidance (Early Years Foundation Stage).

The nursery team is led by Nursery Manager Justine McGarey.  All of our nursery nurses hold relevant and up to date qualifications in child care, and are committed to continuous professional development.

The nursery also works alongside the college to provide placements for students on appropriate courses.

Anyone having direct contact with our children holds an enhanced DBS clearance certificate.

Please note that fees will still be charged whether your child attends their booked session or not. You will not be charged for lunches if you let us know in advance that your child will be absent. Please phone the nursery by 09:30 to inform us of your child’s absence.

We provide free early learning and childcare for all three and four year olds. For more information speak to the nursery manager or visit: Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council

2 year old funding is available for some families. For more information speak to the nursery manager or visit: Norfolk County Council or Suffolk County Council

There is also funding available for students who need childcare to enable them to complete their course, for more information on this and to find out if you are eligible please contact the information centre at East Coast College on 0800 854 695.

Children must always be handed over to and then collected from a member of staff by an adult. In no circumstances will a child be allowed to make its own way, or be handed over to an unknown adult. If it is necessary to have your child collected by a person unknown to Nursery staff, prior notice MUST be given. If an unknown adult comes to collect a child, they must provide proof of identification and the password.

The nursery has its own drop off point for children brought in by car. There is a maximum stay of 15 minutes.

Please collect your child promptly, if you are unavoidably delayed please telephone the nursery so we can reassure your child.

If your child is suffering from sickness, diarrhoea, sore throat, headache, rashes or discharge from eyes or ears, they should be kept at home. We may ask you to seek medical advice in some cases before your child can return to nursery. This will aid recovery and prevent the spread of infection. Forty-eight hours clear from when sickness and diarrhoea has finished is required before your child can return to nursery and in cases of Gastroenteritis, seventy-two hours clear is required.

If your child becomes unwell at nursery you will be contacted and asked to collect them. You should therefore ensure that the nursery is kept up to date as far as telephone numbers are concerned. Please contact the Nursery if your child is unable to attend a booked session.

Nits and head lice are not an excludable condition, although in exceptional cases a parent may be asked to keep the child away until the infestation has cleared.

On identifying cases of head lice, all parents are informed and asked to treat their child and all the family if they are found to have head lice.

All items of clothing should be clearly marked with your child’s name and spare clothes should be brought. Please send your child in clothes that will not inhibit “messy” play. This is an important part of their learning and through the day children will experience sand, water, glue, paint and outside play. The Nursery cannot accept liability for loss of, or damage to, property left on Nursery premises.

We are a “Healthy Eating Nurseries” and provide a wide range of healthy snacks throughout the day. As a healthy eating nursery, we encourage children to have healthy food in their lunch or tea boxes with no sweets, chocolates, biscuits and fizzy drinks.

The nurseries are NUT FREE and no nuts, items that may contain nuts or nut derivatives should be brought in, for the safety of all our children.

At a small extra charge, the nurseries can provide your child with a hot lunch, at your request. Our lunches are freshly cooked on the college premises. No salt or fat is added to any hot meal during the preparation stage. The menu is rotated regularly to add variety to your child’s lunch time and any special dietary needs are catered for.

Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. They report directly to Parliament and are independent and impartial. They inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Our last Ofsted inspection was carried out in March 2016 at Great Yarmouth Nursery in which we received a good. To see our inspection report please visit: please ensure you select the inspection report dated 16th March 2016, as the main college’s reports are on the same page.

At East Coast Nurseries, we aim to provide an environment that enables all children, including those with special educational needs, to reach their full potential. Our Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator at Great Yarmouth (SENCO) is Justine McGarey. Her role is to work in partnership with parents/carers, give advice and support to other practitioners within the setting, ensure appropriate Individual Support Plans (ISPs) are in place, liaise with other professionals and external agencies, ensure the relevant background information about individual children with Special Educational Needs is collected, recorded and updated and to ensure that her knowledge and understanding on SENs is relevant and up to date by attending regular training courses. If you have any concerns about your child please do not hesitate to speak to the nursery.

At East Coast Nurseries, we aim to ensure that every child who attends the setting is safe and protected from harm. We ensure that all of our staff, students and volunteers have a clear understanding of their legal responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of all of the children in their care. Parents and carers are informed during the registration process of our legal responsibilities to safeguard children.

Our Safeguarding Lead Practitioners (SLP) are the Nursery Managers and Deputy SLPs are the Deputy Nursery Managers. 

Any concerns about a child’s welfare should be taken to the relevant SLP or you can contact Children’s Services on 0344 800 8020.

Any concerns about a child’s welfare should be taken to the SLP. The SLP will either make a referral straight to Children’s Services on 0344 800 8020 or will phone the LADO team on 01603 223473. If the adult involved is a member of staff, this would be treated as gross misconduct under Great Yarmouth College’s Procedures. Any member of staff suspected of committing an act of gross misconduct would be suspended while an investigation is carried out. If after proper investigation it is decided that they have committed an act of gross misconduct they would be dismissed without warning

Every child is allocated their own Key Person. We believe that children settle best when they have a key person to relate to, who knows them and their parents/carers well, and who can meet their individual needs. Research shows that a key person approach benefits the child, the parents, the staff and the setting by providing secure relationships in which children, feel safe, stimulated and happy in the setting and to feel secure and comfortable with staff. We also want parents to have confidence in their children’s well-being and their role as active partners with the setting.

Our setting believes that children and parents are entitled to expect courtesy and careful attention to their needs and wishes. We welcome suggestions on how to improve our setting and will give prompt and serious attention to any concerns about the running of the setting. We anticipate that most concerns will be resolved quickly by an informal approach to the appropriate member of staff. If this does not achieve the desired result, we have a set of procedures for dealing with concerns. We aim to bring all concerns about the running of our setting to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties involved. Please put all formal complaints in writing to the manager in the first instance.  If you are not satisfied that a concern or complaint has been dealt with correctly, please report your concern to the Quality Nominee, Ruth Harrison, Deputy Principal by calling 0800 854 695 alternatively, contact OFSTED on 0300 123 1231.

The nurseries truly value the opinion of our parents and carers and welcomes them to leave their feedback in our suggestion box which can be located in the nursery foyers and through our regular questionnaires.

A typical day at nursery will include:

  • 8-9am Breakfast club
  • 9-10am garden time
  • 10am -11.40 – freeplay , rolling snack, craft and painting
  • 11.40 story and song time
  • 12pm – home time and lunch time.
  • 1pm – 3pm – freeplay , rolling snack, craft and painting
  • 3-4pm garden time
  • 4-5.30pm home time, teatime and freeplay.

“All About Me”

The setting keeps a record of achievement for each child. Staff and parents work together to ensure these are kept up to date and record children’s achievements at both home and nursery.

To complete this, your child’s key person will collect photographs, information about the child’s interests, needs and achievements. This information will allow the keypersons to identify your child’s stage of development and how to help them move onto the next stage.

What Will I Need For Nursery?

  • Adequate supplies of nappies and wipes if applicable
  • Clothing labels to name your child’s clothes.
  • Slippers, as we do not wear outdoor shoes inside.
  • Wellington boots for playing in all weathers.
  • All in one water proof play suits for playing in all weathers.
  • Spare clothes so we can change your child if they are wet or dirty.