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New Nursery opening at Kersey Mill

Woodlands Nursery is owned and managed by local mum Emma White.

Emma has run Small World Kindergarten & Montessori in Ipswich (an Ofsted outstanding nursery) since returning to Suffolk from London in 2014.

Emma is passionate about creating beautiful and stimulating environments for children which promote active learning through experiences. Woodlands Nursery will have daily forest school sessions built into a routine that will embody all that is good from Montessori’s ethos. The timber-framed design and classroom layout of open shelving will offer abundant and constantly changing resources to encourage children to choose and return their own activities.

Woodlands will incorporate science and discovery areas, a literacy area that supports mark making/art and design, maths shelves with exciting and approachable games plus construction and small world play areas. Underfloor heating adds to the cosiness of the book corner and kitchen role play and sand & water tables encourage imaginative play.

Access to the enchanting, enclosed wooded garden as well as the grounds, makes Kersey Mill the most idyllic setting for Woodlands. Children will be actively encouraged to support and engage with their environment, growing food, recycling and re-using as much as they can, so that they nurture the next generation, to be conscious of their planet.

Woodlands will offer healthy and well-balanced meals and snacks, using locally produced, seasonal ingredients to influence the menu.

The Nursery will be open five days a week from 8.30am – 4.30pm, term time and a permanent holiday club that offers an all-year option.

Alongside the Nursery, Woodland Babies will host a daily timetable of baby & toddler sessions that run from 9am-10am.

Membership means they can offer two hours of childcare after each session, in the knowledge that your child is being well- cared for in a nurturing environment. During this time, they hope to offer wellbeing classes that focus on women’s pre- and post-natal care and other workshops on topics such as sleep, breastfeeding and weaning. They hope to collaborate with other Kersey Mill occupants such as Pilatesworks for these classes.

“I’m delighted to be opening another nursery in such an inspiring and beautiful location.” says Emma. “Kersey Mill is very well-known to me, and I have always felt that a nursery would complement the many different businesses based there.

Our hope is to welcome the first children in time for the summer term.”

For enquiries, please contact

Photo credit: Emma White
(Left - Chloe Bambridge - Deputy Manager, Emma White - Owner, Emma Bartholomew - Advanced Practitioner)