College Day Nursery

Great Yarmouth College Day Nursery has been established at its current location since 2005 and provides full day care for children aged between 3 months and 5 years.

About us

Great Yarmouth College Day Nursery has been established at its current location since 2005 and provides full day care for children aged between 3 months and 5 years.

The nursery is situated in the grounds of Great Yarmouth College 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 criminal records bureau certificate.

Opening hours

Monday – Friday   8am – 5pm

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.

Nursery fees


Breakfast                        50p

Lunch                         £2.10

Hourly fees:

Baby Room               £3.80

Toddle Room             £3.70

Play Room                £3.60

(A minimum of 3 hours is required in the form of either 09:00 – 12:00 or 13:00 – 16:00)

Please note: Nursery fees are payable every 4 weeks in advance.

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 on 01493 442443 alternatively you can text the nursery mobile on 07825977219.

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

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

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 Gt Yarmouth college at

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 Nursery” 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 nursery is NUT FREE and no nuts or nut derivatives should be brought in for the safety of all our children.

At a small extra charge, nursery 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.

The Norfolk Quality Improvement Framework (NQIF) is a tool used by the Local Authority to support everyone working in early years and childcare to drive up quality and improve outcomes for all children.

Local Authority staff use the framework for a consistent approach to advise support and challenge.

A red, amber, green (RAG) rating system allows the Local Authority, to make an assessment of quality which is consistently applied across Norfolk.

In June 2013, the nursery received a Green rating.

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 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 Great Yarmouth College Day Nursery, 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 (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 Education Plans (IEPS) 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 Great Yarmouth College Day Nursery, 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 Practitioner (SLP) is Justine McGarey. Our Deputy SLP is Michelle Jaques.

Any concerns about a child’s welfare should be taken to the 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, Vice Principal by calling 01493 655261.  Alternatively, contact OFSTED on 0300 123 1231.

The nursery truly values 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 foyer 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
  • 4-5pm 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?

  • 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 suites for playing in all weathers.
  • Spare clothes so we can change your child if they are wet or dirty.

Contact us

If you have any further enquires, or would like to visit the nursery please contact the nursery on 01493 442443


The Nursery is situated behind the main building so if you dont know how to get there via Litchfield Road please go to the college’s main reception and ask for directions through their building.

Great Yarmouth College Day Nursery, Lichfield Road, Southtown, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0ED.

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