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Pippins is our Toddler section. We have a large playroom, a wet play/craft room, as well as a dining room/table top activity room a cosy room for quiet times or rest times and a cot room. Children have access to their own outdoor area allowing outdoor access through out the day.

 Our main playroom has it's own built in home corner area, which has been transformed into a variety of experiences including a library and Santa's grotto.

Outside, we have 2 grassed play areas with graduated swings and climbing equipment, a tarmac area and an astro area.

Childrens learning and development is supported through the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum and more details can be found in the Curriculum section of this web site.

To arrange a viewing of the nursery please contact Sarah or Nick on 01473 652249. If you would like to join us here at Birch Farm you will need to complete a Pippins registration pack.

Please return your signed registration pack to Sarah Sharman or Nick Leeder. Places are subject to availability and will be confirmed in writing.

We have a keyperson system in place so you and your child will have a named member of staff with which to liaise.  The children are encouraged to participate in as many of the activities on offer as possible to achieve a well-balanced curriculum.  Progress is monitored and recorded  to assess that the children are achieving in all areas.


A Learning journey is a written record of individual progress for each child. Learning journeys contain all observations made by staff, photographs of your child's nursery experiences and an area where parents comments and observations can be added. In addition to these basic ongoing pages the file also contains 6 weekly progress reports, termly reports written jointly by parents and staff and a record sheet that is completed when a child moves to a new section of the nursery or leaves Birch Farm. This will enable your child's new facility to continue with your child's present interests and see their present stage of development. Your childs Learning Journey is always available for parents to view at our parents evenings or other times by request.

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A special WOW moments box has been placed on the notice board for parents to add their comments and key development moments from home to their child's learning journey profile. Parents written comments an also be added to the termly reports that are written for parents evenings.

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A member of staff will be allocated to your family as a keyperson. This person will help your child to settle and develop a bond to ensure your child has a safe, friendly , secure person with whom they can spend time if they require. Your keyperson will also change nappies and feed wherever possible and undertake regular observations. They use these observations to plan for your child on a weekly basis this ensures that when your child attends nursery the activities are interesting and stimulating to their stage of development. Your family’s keyperson will be happy to discuss your child’s development with you and will be the main person completing your child’s daily diary. 

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Staff observe children to enable us to plan and support children to develop. These observations are also used to create a learning journey of your child’s life in nursery. We organise regular parents evening during this time you can chat to your keyperson and see your child’s file. If you are unable to make a parents evening or would like to see the file at another time. Please make an appointment to ensure we maintain staff ratios. We also observe children to help identify their present schemas. Schemas are patterns of learning that children explore. Often children will have 1 dominate schema throughout their lives. Schemas are children’s area of interest and by planning for a child’s schema we will ensure they are interested and highly motivated in activities and therefore developing their knowledge. If you would like to know more about schemas [click here].

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The diary will be used by your child’s keyperson to record your child’s day at nursery. The diary will be handed to you at the end of every day for you to take home. You are welcome to add comments about your child’s home experiences and this will help staff to create positive links with home. This diary is not intended to replace your daily contact with staff but to enhance you and your child’s experiences at Birch Farm.

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Children who arrive by 8.15am can have a breakfast from our breakfast bar, there is a snack mid morning and mid afternoon, lunch at 12.05pm and tea at 4pm. We are happy to work with you for any special dietary requirements your child may have but please inform us in writing on the registration form.  Written evidence is made each day of children's food intake this is available for parents daily and staff will discuss this with you at the end of the day.  

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SLEEP:Pippins Cot room

We have a Sleep Room with cots or sleep mats can be offered in the cosy room if preferred.  Children may have a sleep when necessary and are checked regularly, as well as a baby monitor system in operation.  Children may continue their sleep through lunch time and will be fed on awakening. 



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We do not have a uniform, but nursery sweatshirts can be ordered if you require and a sample is available in the office. We recommend that children are dressed in practical clothes for a busy day in a nursery  Different layers so that the children can accommodate different activities and finally clothes that can take the wear and tear of playing outside, painting, craft activities etc. – ALL NAMED PLEASE.

Simple name tags will soon be recognised by their owners and will also help us to ‘re-home’ lost items!  Overalls are provided but accidents do happen and a change of clothes in a named bag is useful.  A warm/waterproof coat and wellingtons are needed for outdoor activities in winter and sun hat and sun cream in the summer.

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Our nursery SENCO works with support from Suffolk County Council to assist any children who have additional needs. she has received specific training in this role and supports all staff, children and parents as required. Children with additional needs are met with understanding and support and encouraged to join in with all activities at a level appropriate to them. Should staff have a concern over a child's developmental progress in consultation with parents, outside professional advice is sought in accordance with the DfES Code of Practice 2001 on the Identification and Assessment of Special Educational Needs.

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To ensure that children are ready to start in Acorns they will attend taster sessions with their Keyperson to help them settle with ease into their new environment and ensure that they are ready for the transition.  As the children progress in Pippins they will be encouraged to lengthen their concentration time, improve their fine motor skills, such as pencil/ scissor control, and increase their knowledge of numeracy, literacy, shape and colour through fun play based activities. No child will be moved without consultation with parents/carers. We are able to offer flexibility and move children when they are ready between 27and 32 months this helps to support their emotional well being.

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Children can start Pippins from 18months. No child will be refused admission in accordance with our ‘Equal Opportunities Policy’.  We have written policies for ‘Behaviour’, ‘Health & Safety’, ‘Child Protection’ and ‘Equal Opportunities’ – all of which are available [Click Here].  Should Pippins be full, Birch Farm will operate a waiting list.

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To arrange a viewing of the nursery please contact Sarah or Nick on 01473 652249. If you would like to join us here at Birch Farm you will need to complete a Pippins registration pack.

Please return your signed registration pack to Sarah Sharman or Nick Leeder. Places are subject to availability and will be confirmed in writing.


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Last modified: Friday, 25. April 2014