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Lingwood Kindergarten provides a stimulating environment for pre-school children with a modern day approach to the traditional educational and social development of its pupils.

We believe that good early year’s education is of value in itself and will provide a sound foundation for learning for life. It will contribute to the physical growth, social, emotional and the intellectual development of the child. We believe that all children are unique and have a wide variety of experiences, which the kindergarten can build on, and provide an education appropriate to the particular needs of the child.

The Kindergarten acknowledges that parents are the child’s first learning source and continuing dialogue and sharing of the expertise and knowledge is important to help children to develop in to confident, competent and self-aware people. All children in our Kindergarten are valued equally without racial or gender stereotyping and we value and respect the different racial origins, cultures and languages in a multicultural society.



To provide a stimulating environment for pre-school children with a modern day approach to the traditional educational and social development of its children


Children aged between 2 and 5 years.

Opening Times

Monday to Friday full days 8:30am – 3:00pm

morning session 8:30am – 12:00 midday

afternoon session 12:00 midday – 3:00pm (with a packed lunch)

Session times can be flexible to suit parents needs.


Lingwood Kindergarten is situated to the north of Lowestoft in a large private house with a purpose built nursery and large gardens. 

30 Corton Long Lane



NR32 5HA


The Kindergarten was started by Mrs G.K.D. Ling in March 1968 and has been operating in term times continuously since then. Mrs Ling retired in October 2015 and has since moved to Ipswich to be close to family.

The house and business was bought by Polly Aitken, residing in the house with her young family, she is managing the nursery  alongside a passionate team who are continuing the high reputation for service and reliability that has always been achieved.

Limited Numbers

Spaces are limited as our setting continues to be very popular and fills up quickly. It is advisable to phone or email the Nursery around your child’s 2nd birthday or even before if you wish to be put on the waiting list or to enquire about places. Local schools have one intake per school year therefore the majority of our older 3 and 4 year old leave in July to start full time school, therefore freeing up spaces for September. From then on, the spaces are filled and availability becomes more limited. 


Staffing Levels

The setting is run by 5 qualified nursery staff :- Polly Aitken – nursery owner, Rachael Skipper – Manager, Kelly Johnson- supervisor, Emma Bunn -Early Years Practitioner, Michelle Prue – Early Years Practitioner and Danielle Murray – Level 3 Student training for her foundation degree. Ratios for 3/4 year olds is 1 adult : 8 children and for 2 year olds it’s 1 adult : 4 children. This information is outlined in the statutory guidance of the EYFS and is strictly adhered to. 


Educational Programme

We work in accordance with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Our objective is to focus on a child’s personal, social and educational needs within a happy and stimulating environment. This will be the foundation for the development of those skills required by children for their future school years. Below are the key areas we aim to develop – 


Personal, Social and Emotional Development.

Communication and Language

Physical Development




Understanding of the World

Expressive Arts and Design


Rolling Snack Time

A snack consisting of a choice of a drink of milk or water, fruits, veg, breadsticks, raisins etc is prepared by the children and an adult during the session. It is provided free of charge. If your child has any special dietary requirements, please make sure staff are aware before they have a trial session and that these are noted on the child’s enrolement form. 

Equal Opportunities

Lingwood is open to everyone, we have a strong policy for inclusive practice allowing families and children to attend our setting regardless of race, disability, gender or special need.


Please be considerate by not parking in front of private drives or entrances. Always be particularly careful when delivering and collecting your children, since Corton Long lane is a straight road and there is a danger of fast moving traffic. Parents with other small children wishing to leave them in the car may park on the driveway after prior arrangement with the manager. 



A Typical AM Programme

08:30                                    Starting time to suit parents.

09:00 – 09:30                      Arrival at Lingwood Kindergarten. Learning to take off their outside clothes and hang them up. Take library book bags and change your story book and look for your child’s peg name . Supervised activities e.g. painting, lego, duplo, computers, co-ordinating with beads, matching cards, farm animals etc.

09:30 – 11:00                        Freeflow inside/outside play in small groups, craft activities with glue, paint, drawing, sand, water play, coloured dough, animal farms, train sets, computers, stories

10:00 – 11:00                        Rolling snack time begins. Milk, Water and healthy snacks. Water cooler available at all times during the day. 

11:00                                      Tidy up time.

11:15 – 11:45                        Music and Movement with singing to encourage language development. Outside play with various activities.

11:45 – 12:00                      Preparing children for home time.

Outside activities are included when weather permits, under cover canopy helps with the free flow activities.


A Typical PM Programme

12:00 – 12:30                        Children have lunch in the main play room.

12:45 – 2:00                           Freeflow between all rooms, activities are planned weekly and daily, these are provided in conjunction with the EYFS from observations of children on an individual basis. 

1:20 – 2:00                              Rolling snack. Milk, water and healthy snacks. 

2:00 – 2:45                              Depending on plan activities are offered such as:

Children stay in large groups or split into smaller groups/sometimes into age groups orin key person groups

2:45 – 2:55                              Children are organised for going home time.

2:55 – 3:00                              Children are collected.