New Beginnings Nursery

New Beginnings Nursery care for children between the ages of 2 and 5 years.

Look what we’ve been up to in New Beginnings SEN Report

Opening Times
7.30am – 6pm Monday to Friday.
We are closed between Christmas and New Year and every bank holiday.

Prices from September 2017.
£20.00 – half a session (morning or afternoon).
£40.00 – Full day.
Additional cost of £2.00 7.30 – 8.00.
Meals – Breakfast and dinner £1.70. Tea £1.00

We take child care vouchers. Please see link for more information.

Our Ethos

The ethos of our setting is the set of beliefs, morals and ideas fundamental to everything that happens within that setting.

We began to revisit our vision and values as a whole nursery, reflecting upon our ethos and what makes us special. The views of our staff, governors, parents and children are essential to what we do, and help us develop our practice.

Our Vision

We ensure we build excellent partnerships where everyone is motivated to achieve, enjoy and develop together. Through a safe, stimulating environment we can build partnerships with families and the community.

Our Mission

We will nurture children’s educational, social and emotional development in order that they become independent, responsible and resilient learners.

Our Values

These values underpin our philosophy; independent, caring, inspirational, enjoyment, achievement and partnership

School Behavior Policy

2 Year Old Funding – Am I Eligible?

In addition, many families across Sunderland can benefit from free childcare places for two year olds.

Families must be in receipt of one of the following benefits to be eligible for a place:

Free 30 hours Childcare for 3 & 4 Year Olds with Working Parents

The way 30 hours works that from September 2017 if you are a working parent of a 3-4 year old earning under 100,000 each with all parents in the home working over 16 hours you are eligible for 2 and a half days of free childcare!

Please go to CHILDCARE CHOICES  – fill in your details and contact us with your code to reserve your child’s place!

Places are limited and subject to eligibility and availability.

Loose Parts

‘Loose parts’ are items and materials that children and young people can move, adapt, control, change and manipulate within their play. They provide a high level of creativity and choice, as there are endless possibilities for how they can be used. Children are driven to learn by not only ask their own questions, but also discover their own answers and create new possibilities.

Loose Parts Toolkit

Speech, language and communication

Speech, language and communication underpin everything we do. Making our needs known, expressing our likes and dislikes, interacting with others and building relationships. They are crucial for reading, learning in school, for socialising and making friends, and for understanding and controlling emotions or feelings.

We promote speech, language and communication daily through our environment and practice.


“Staff promote all areas of children’s learning exceedingly well, with a particular strong focus on the programme for communication and language.”

Read our Ofsted Report

“The environment created here is so considered and special. It really reflects your vision for the children, families and everyone working here. It’s creative, calm, feels spacious, cosy, homely and above all works. I’m going away feeling refreshed and inspired”

Elizabeth Jarman – Managing Director


The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofsted-registered early years’ providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes. There are core documents produced nationally to support us in meeting the requirements. They are available to download below.

 Areas of learning

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSE)
  • Physical Development
  • Communication and Language
  • Literacy
  • Mathematics
  • Understanding the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring – engagement
  • Active learning – motivation
  • Creating and thinking critically – thinking


If you have a concern about a child or any member of our school community please speak to Christian Robson or one of our deputy safeguarding leads, Helen Ellison, Debbie Hutton, Louise Kennedy or Helen Higgins (New Beginnings).

Please contact the school office if you wish to speak to any of our named designated persons or would like a copy of our Child Protection Policy.

Special Educational Needs and Disability

New Beginnings welcomes its general responsibilities to the Equality Act 2010, and the Public Sector Equality Duty. Please also refer to our Equality and Diversity Policy (containing Equality information and objectives (public sector equality duty) statement for publication).We are a fully inclusive school. We aim to ensure all children experience a fully accessible environment, curriculum and quality of experience by seeking to remove barriers. This is in accordance with support and advice from external partners such as the Local Authority, specialist SEN support teams, medical professionals and EMAS team where appropriate.

Equality and Inclusion

To ensure no pupils are treat less favourably than their peers, we monitor and review our Accessibility Plan. This plan describes our commitment to disability equality. We firmly believe in equality of opportunity for all and are committed to playing our part in removing barriers actively promoting equality in everything we do. In accordance with the DfE guidelines, as stated in the Equality Act 2010 and the SEND Code of Practice 2014, we will consider 3 main areas:

  1. Increasing the extent to which disabled pupils can participate in the school’s curriculum.
  2. Improving the physical environment of the school for the purpose of increasing the extent to which disabled pupils are able to take advantage of education and benefits, facilities or services provided or offered by the school.
  3. Improving the delivery to disabled pupils of information which is readily accessible to pupils who are not disabled.

New Beginnings nursery is an amazing setting for children and adults to learn together. It is a unique special place and the children are delightful to bond with. The staff are lovely, supportive and they have given me so many opportunities to develop and learn. It has been a pleasure to have been given the opportunity to work with so many lovely and inspiring people.

Jamie – Level 3 childhood studies student

Since my son has been to new beginnings he has grown his own personality and grown in his confidence. It’s been an amazing step given his disabilities and they have given him so much. I am so thankful to all involved. They have given him so much to look forward to and helped in all aspects of our lives.


As a parent having to work fulltime, it was important for me to find a nursery that cared about my daughter’s development as much as I do. New Beginnings took the worry out of leaving my child and since attending my daughter has grown in ability, confidence and knowledge beyond ever imaginable. I would always recommend New Beginnings to any parent and have done on several occasions.

The Staff are amazing, very friendly and are wonderful with the children. They are great when it comes to confidence building exercises such as potty training, they give great advice and are on hand whenever I have any concerns.


Level 3 Early Years Practitioner

To work within the nursery, supporting the planning and delivery of activities with individual or groups of children to bring about effective learning.

To be part of a nursery team that provides a purposeful, stimulating environment rich in learning opportunities, both indoors and outdoors

Key Areas of Responsibility

  • Knowledge and understanding of the EYFS
  • Effective practice
  • Relationships with children
  • Communicating and working in partnership with families and carers
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Own professional development



Helen Higgins : Manager

Telephone: 0191 561 8268

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