Oakland Hall Nursery is situated in leafy Ipswich in the residential area of Hadleigh Road.  Our large Victorian house has a beautiful garden for the children to explore.

We have a forecourt for you to drive onto and park to safely drop off and collect your child.

Oakland Hall is close to public transport and easy access to the A12 and A14, with Ipswich train station is a 10-minute drive from the nursery.

‘Children are settled, happy and develop secure emotional attachments in this welcoming nursery.’


– Ofsted 2017

Baby Art Room

The Baby Art Room has been created to give uninterrupted opportunities for messy and creative play.

In this room, even our youngest children can freely explore a wide range of child-safe resources and get creative and messy whilst learning a range of skills.

It is lovely to introduce young babies to different art materials and watch the joy and wonder whilst they are mushing and splattering paint.

Messy Room

Content for messy room?

Pre-School Floor

From the age of 24 months the children have the full use of our ground floor, which has three wonderful rooms opening out to two large, safe playgrounds, all designed to support different learning areas of the EYFS.

The children are spilt into two age groups: 2-3 year olds and 3-5 year olds (Pre-School).

Activities will be planned for the children in each room, to meet their different stages of development.

Garden Room

In the Garden Room there is a designated area for focused activities where children learn Jolly Phonics and begin their journey on the Oxford Tree Reading Scheme.

Role Play Room (Discovery Room?)

Our ever-changing themed discovery room is an excellent place for your child to engage in role play, which supports the EYFS development areas ‘Personal, Social and Emotional’, ’Communication and Language’ and ‘Understand the World and Literacy’.

In our Discovery Room we have a wider range of resources such as dressing-up clothes and small world role play area to something different to interest and engage the children.

Our Discovery Room supports children in their need to develop their imagination of the world around them.

Sensory Room

At Oakland Hall Nursery we have created a sensory room for the children to enjoy and relax in. It has been created with our under 2s particularly in mind, but all children can benefit from spending time there.

This is a magical place where babies and toddlers alike can enter a little world filled with soothing sounds, moving colours and shapes, light tubes, ball pits, images created by disco balls, and walls covered in adventure where you can touch, feel, and explore a myriad of senses. Our projector plays songs and nursery rhymes, and children can also play with our colour-changing bubble tube.

The sensory room is also a place that offers comfort and on the rare occasion where someone has a sad day or if sometimes, they just need to get away and relax somewhere quiet and peaceful with a book, away from the energy of the main nursery.

The benefits of sensory play are well known. They provide an oasis of relaxation which is vital for children’s emotional health and wellbeing, a place where they can rest and become interested in their environment. Some will simply lie down and enjoy the magic while others will engage in the more interactive areas.

These experiences also provide a range of benefits for children with special needs, encouraging hand and eye coordination, and the development of social and language skills. An overactive child or distressed child can be comforted and calmed; an inactive child become engaged. Sensory rooms are particularly useful for teaching about colours and sounds and can promote interest in the world around them.

Outdoor Garden

We are extremely proud of our garden, we are lucky to have such a large area for the children to explore and support their ‘Physical Development’.

Our outdoor garden has a beautiful sensory area, where children can explore the natural colours and smells of flowers and herbs that have been carefully chosen with safety in mind.

We have a sand area for children to create and explore. We change the resources regularly, sometimes it is a dinosaur dig, sometimes the children can hunt for treasure.

We have a soft grassed area with tunnels and slides. We also use this area as a classroom and bring resources outside for outdoor learning activities.