Outstanding childcare in Ipswich
Wigwams Nursery in Ipswich is a registered charity and a non-profit childcare provider. We are here to provide an outstanding service to the children we care for and not to be a profitable nursery. Our efforts have been recognised by Ofsted who have rated the nursery and childcare we provide as 'outstanding in all areas'. We not only provide the best care we can but we also look to develop and educate the children. Our aim is to help all our children become strong, independent individuals to give them the best start in life.
'Children thrive in the rich, varied and imaginative learning environment. They are eager to learn and are exceptionally keen to take part in the stimulating and exciting activities.' Ofsted 2013
We are well positioned near the A14 and Ipswich for those either coming in or out of Ipswich, we also cater for the local community and surrounding areas/ villages.
We offer Funded and Non Funded childcare at competitive prices. Did you know all children are eligible to 15 hours FREE CHILDCARE the term after their 3rd Birthday? Plus following recent Government legislation, many 2 year olds can now also claim 15 hours FREE CHILDCARE.
If you would like to know if your child would be eligible please contact us 01473 240304.
We are open Monday to Friday from 8am until 6pm. We are closed on all public bank holidays and for one week in August and for one week over Christmas.
Purpose built nursery
Our building is a two storey purpose built nursery making it suitable for childcare needs. It is a secure building with a secure outdoor play area and access to large open playing fields. Plenty of parking is available on site outside the nursery for easy collection and dropping off. We have a full working lift for easy access to the upper floor.
Being close to Whitton Sports Centre we get to use their facilities for softplay and we regularly use their sports field for outdoor play which the children get great physical enjoyment from. The children are also regularly taken out for day trips and external teachers are brought in for e.g dance, drama and football classes. We have recently started taking out the Preschoolers on weekly Forest Fun sessions at a nearby woods which are proving a big hit. These activities are all available at no additional cost.
Home cooked lunches
We have a cook, Jill who provides fresh balanced meals for the children on a daily basis. Jill does free cookery lessons with children and families. We have been given a 5* food hygiene rating by the food standards agency.
Settling your child into our nursery
We pride ourselves on offering excellent childcare at a friendly, welcoming environment while being competitively priced and flexible. We provide the children with learning opportunities and various fun educational activities. Our staff take time to get to know each child very well and work closely with parents to understand their routines so their time in the nursery is the same as at home. To find out about our highly qualified nursery staff please visit our staff page. From our daily experience with children and continuous training we are able to offer advice to parents on a number of issues. To find out more visit our parent support page.
We also have a very effective settling in process to the Nursery where the child has free visits with and without their parent. We encourage parents to stay for the first couple of visits then for the next few visits they leave the child for about and hour to allow them to adjust to their environment without their parent being there. We also offer a home visit by your childs key person so your child gets to know them in their home surroundings. See 'settling in' for more information on this process.
Where to find us
You can find us next to Whitton Sports Centre, just off the old Norwich Road, Ipswich or call us on Ipswich 240304, click here for a map.
We are part of the outstanding Bows and Arrows Group, and have 3 sister Nurseries across Ipswich - one called Buttons and Bows Nursery based just off Hogarth Road, one called The Childrens Triangle Nursery which is located on Dickens Road and one called Little Learners Nursery which is just off Landseer Road.
For more information about what we have been up to please visit our facebook page