About Us

Welcome to Highfield Nursery School

Highfield Nursery School provides exceptional care and education for children from aged two years to five years.

Following our most recent Ofsted inspection, in March 2017, we are delighted to remain Outstanding for the 4th consecutive inspection. We are very proud of these achievements and they are a testament to the passionate and committed team that work here. Please follow this link to read our latest Ofsted Inspection Report. https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/provider/20/124525

Our Butterflies room delivers education for our youngest pupils; two to three years old; before they move into the Highfield Nursery School rooms (Dragonflies and Bumblebees), aimed at pupils three to five years old. Pupils are able to attend the setting for mornings, afternoons or full days, between the hours of 9am and 3pm.

There is the additional option of a daily breakfast club between 8am-9am. Or the paid after school session between 3pm-4pm. More details can be found on the 'our day' page.

All three and four year olds are entitled to fifteen hours of funded education a week with a 'registered provider'. Highfield Nursery School is also able to offer funded places to two year olds, in our Butterflies room.

In addition to your child's government funded 15 hoursYou may also be eligible to 30 hours of funding.  Please check www.childcarechoices.gov.uk for the eligibility criteria.

If you would like to find out more information about our setting, or would like to arrange a visit, please use our contact us page and will be able to help you.


There are almost 400 Local Authority Maintained Nursery Schools in England. However, Highfield is the only purpose built Local Authority Maintained Nursery School in Suffolk. The nursery school was originally built in 1970 and has provided early years education in the local community since then. Many of our pupil’s parents and carers have attended Highfield themselves in the past! We also welcome many new families.

Highfield Nursery School has no catchment area and all children are welcome. We now take children from the term after they are three and we can in exceptional circumstances take children in the term in which they turn three if they are already in receipt of Local Authority funding. Please ask if you are in receipt of benefits, and thus may be eligible for this early funding.

In the Nursery School we have part-time places for 104 children aged 3-4 years, which enables them to attend between 9am and 3pm each day. Two sessions run during this time:

9am - 12pm

12pm - 3pm

Breakfast club runs between 8am - 9am daily.    

After school paid provision is available between 3pm - 4pm everyday.

Most children have spent three terms at Highfield Nursery before going on to their reception classes at primary school, but occasionally we are able to offer four or even five full terms. The school’s admission policy has been drawn up in line with the Local Authority guidelines. A copy of the policy can be obtained from the policies page.