• Type of Institution Nursery
  • Age Range 0 - 1 Years
  • Number of Places 32
  • Number of Staff 7
  • OFSTED Rating Outstanding


Owner Lucy Smith
Educational Stages Nursery / Pre-school (0 - 4 yrs)
Local Authority Name Suffolk
Parliamentary Constituency Suffolk Coastal

Ofsted Inspection Profile

Sunflower Montessori Nursery School was registered in 1991 and is on the Early Years Register and the compulsory and voluntary parts of the Childcare Register. It is situated on Causeway Farm in Middleton near Saxmundham, Suffolk and is managed by the owner. The nursery serves the local area and is accessible to all children. It operates from a classroom within a farmhouse and children have access to an enclosed garden and large covered barn for outdoor play. The nursery employs seven members of childcare staff, all of whom hold appropriate early years qualifications at level 3. Two members of staff hold Early Years Professional status and one member of staff holds Qualified Teacher Status. The nursery opens each week day, from 8am until 6pm, during school term. Children attend for a variety of sessions. There are currently 65 children attending who are in the early years age group. The nursery provides funded early education for two-, three- and four-year-old children. It supports a number of children with special educational needs and/or disabilities. The setting works in line with the Montessori educational philosophy and has achieved accreditation through the Montessori Evaluation and Accreditation Board.

Ofsted Inspection Rating

Inspection Date 22/04/2014
Overall Ofsted Inspection Rating Outstanding
Quality of Teaching Outstanding
Behaviour and Safety of Pupils Outstanding
Effectiveness of Leadership and Management Outstanding
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? Inspection Date
22/04/2014 04/07/2011
? Overall Quality and Standards Met
N/A Outstanding
? Overall Ofsted Inspection Rating
Outstanding N/A
? Quality of Teaching
Outstanding N/A
? Behaviour and Safety of Pupils
Outstanding N/A
? Effectiveness of Leadership and Management
Outstanding N/A

Registration Category

Early Years Yes
Compulsory Childcare Yes
Voluntary Childcare Yes

Pupil Care Provision

Opening Time 0800
Closing Time 1800
Days Open Monday
Days Closed School Holidays

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