Just Learning at Ipswich Rushmere

Call Zoe on 01473 725610

1 St Andrews Walk
Rushmere St Andrew

Opening Times

7.30am - 6.00pm, Monday to Friday

Ages Taken

0-5 years
  • GOOD Ofsted 2013 – Click here to view our report

  • Nursery sun cream provided when  UV 3 or above.

  • Home made meals prepared on site by our experienced nursery cook.

  • Music Group – Every Thursday morning our Toddlers children are given the opportunity to take part in a music session run by Claire Gower from Tiny Pebbles

  • Library Books – There is an area in the nursery where children can pick and choose their own books to take home for the week.

  • Activity group – every Monday 9.30-11am we offer a play and stay session to the local community, no need to book, just pop in.

  • Mothercare Activity Session – Every Friday morning we run a session at Mothercare, Copdock, Ipswich, between 10am12am. There are opportunities to join in with a story or sing song session or come along to do a craft activity. This is open to anyone who would like to attend.

  • Tiny Pebbles Music Sessions – Run every Wednesday morning, this music group is open to the local public to attend and take part – please ring the nursery for more information.

  • Preschool Academy – This runs each term in our preschool rooms. Each week there are set lessons for preschool children to join in.

  • 5 star rating from Environmental Health in 2015


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Why You Will Love Our Nursery

Just Learning in Ipswich provides GOOD childcare, as reported by Ofsted, (2013)

At Just Learning Rushmere we are a purpose built nursery which offers 6 warm nurturing rooms for children aged 0-2years, 2 bright stimulating toddler rooms and 2 exciting pre-school rooms perfect for preparing each individual child for school. Each area of the nursery has a messy room, play room and quiet area. This gives the children the opportunity to make choices with what they would like to do at the nursery.

We are situated just a short distance off the A12 and A14 and are fairly central between Ipswich and Woodbridge situated on the Bixley farm estate opposite the One Stop and Taste of India. Our own private car park makes dropping off and picking up your children stress free.

We have 3 outdoor areas for all age groups to enjoy. The gardens are full of exciting opportunities for the children to explore, from climbing areas on our wooden amphitheatre where the children pretend it is an airport to riding on our train to go to Felixstowe. The benefit of outdoor play is well documented and we are particularly proud of our large garden and play equipment. Preschool even have their own garden corner, where they learn about growing their own snacks to taste and explore.

The nursery is open 7.30am and closes at 6.00pm, we have a morning session which runs between 7.30am and finishes at 12.30pm and an afternoon session which runs from 1pm until 6pm. We also offer Free entitlement sessions for children the term after their third birthday.
Amanda our amazing nursery cook makes the tastiest and healthy nutritional meals which are included at no extra charge and are freshly prepared and served daily.

Our caring, qualified and enthusiastic staff strives to ensure each individual child is happy, well cared for and supported in moving forward in their learning. They are mostly qualified to level 3 with 3 staff qualified to level 4. The staff works closely with parents to build on parent partner relationships from the first settling in sessions to their child’s last day at nursery where tissues are at the ready. We are bubbly and welcoming and always involve parents where possible. We have a parent partnership group set up which gives us feedback on what parents like from our setting and the opportunity to give any ideas that may be useful to us.

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Meet the Team

Nursery Manager

Zoe Brooks -  Nursery Manager. 

I was thrilled to join Busy Bees Children's Day Nurseries in May 2015 after a background of working in smaller independent Nurseries in Suffolk.

I live locally to the Ipswich Rushmere Nursery and have a busy family life with three teenage children, a dog, cat and two rabbits and absolutely love managing my Busy Bees Nursery.  What could be more rewarding than supporting a fantastic team of staff, being involved in the early care and education of all children and working in partnership with parents/families?

My career in childcare began in 2003 when I became a child minder after struggling with the juggle of full time work and three children.  Once my youngest child was established at school I knew that a return to a traditional office was not for me, that I was well and truly committed to improving outcomes for all children and so I started working at a local Nursery as a practitioner, moving into Management soon afterwards. 

I am qualified to Level 3 in Early Years Care and Education, hold a Level 4 Special Educational Needs and Disability qualification, a Level 3 PTLLS teaching qualification and a Level 6 Diploma in Business Management. Currently I am studying part time towards a Masters degree.  

My passion is ensuring that all children are able to access anything they need to be happy and content; whether this is an environment, a resource or individual support.  I believe that early recognition of a child's interests, abilities and needs are essential in creating the foundation for a smooth transition on to school life. 

At Busy Bees Ipswich Rushmere I am dedicated to introducing Makaton signing for all babies and children (I am qualified to Level 4) and am currently (May 2015) enjoying teaching the children how to say please, thank you, good morning, good afternoon and sorry as well as signing the start letter of their name.  The Nursery parents and older siblings keep asking me how to sign new words so I will be arranging some parent training very soon! 

Please come and have a look around Busy Bees Ipswich Rushmere or telephone and speak to me with any queries or questions. 

Zoe Brooks 


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Nicola Warden
Senior Room Manager

Nicola has recently moved into the preschool room She is very organised and extremely welcoming to parents and children. Nicola is always busy organising events or helping out looking after her god children in her spare time.
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Senior Room Manager

Nathalie is based in our baby area where she offers a nuturing environment for the children and staff within her area. Nathalie is hard working and dedicated mum to her two young children and husband.
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Sue works alongside Amanda assisting her with the preparation of making the children's tea. Sue joined us in May 2013 and thoroughly enjoys seeing the children when she delivers the tea.
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Early Years Educator

Julie has been at Rushmere for five years and is our nursery SENCO (Special Educational Needs co-ordinator). She works as an additional support for children in our setting with additional needs, building relationships with the parents and works closely with outside agencies. She also is a mother to two teenage children who keep her busy with their out of school activities.
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Room Team

Nathalie and Andrea work in this room, looking after children aged 2 years - 2 and a half years. They enjoy getting to know all of your children individually.
Louise and Claire D work in Risers this is our oldest toddler room from 2 years 6 months - 3 years. They enjoy preparing the children for pre-school rooms through promoting their independence and self being.
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Room Team

Nic, Lee, Heather and Crystal all work in the Pre school room ages 3 years – 5 years. In Pre school we are encouraging the children to become more independent by doing things for themselves. The children enjoying wearing their uniform and taking part in the exciting experiences that are planned for them daily.

Parent Partnership Group

Parent Representatives for Just Learning at Ipswich Rushmere

Danielle Wade

I am a confident, fun and outgoing person who enjoys family life and hectic mornings. I was first introduced to busy bees bringing my son to splat attack on Mondays for the play session. My son was confident with all the staff and started 2 days a week. Now he is full time and he has developed in leaps and bounds.

Fiona Farrell

I am 38 years old and am mummy to twin boys who are 3. Being a parent is the hardest job I've ever undertaken, but also the most rewarding. My boys started nursery in February 2014 and they love it! There are so many different activities and the staff are lovely.

"I have worked for 13 years for a charity enabling disabled children and young people to be fully included in mainstream leisure activities. I wanted to get involved in the parent partnership group to share my ideas and be involved behind the scenes."
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Jo Tankard

My hobbies include going to the gym, swimming with my two girls and (when I get time) meeting up with friends over dinner. I enjoy a good book but can't remember the last time I was awake in the evening. I am looking forward to being part of the group experience to experience a deeper insight into how nursery functions and hopefully represent the views and opinions of other parents.

"I have 2 children at nursery, both full time from the age of 1. My husband and I both secondary school teachers so it was high Priority to find an excellent nursery, especially as it would be the main care giver to our children from a young age. Nursery has always exceeded our expectations from activities in nursery, trips in preschool and the fundraising fairs. There is a real whole family involvement and we feel that's very important."
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Julie Andrews

My child Erin started at the nursery at the beginning of January 2013.I work part time as a secretary in a local structural and civil engineering company and Erin's daddy is a building surveyor, I love to travel, read , socialize but most of all I love spending time with my little family.

"Erin is our only child, she has been attending the nursery four days a week. We also attended the activity group every Monday. We have been very impressed with the care and professionalism of all staff. The handovers are always informative and Erin's baby diary is brilliant. I look forward to reading it, especially the 'special moment' bit. I can't praise all of the girls who work in the baby room enough. They are all lovely and I always feel reassured and happy when I leave Erin."
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Sarah Wheatley

I am the assistant Head of Sixth Form at a local High school. I have two daughters, Evelyn who is 3 years and Violet who will be 2 soon. Both my daughters go to Mother and Toddler groups held at the nursery on Mondays and Fridays which has allowed them to become familiar with the nursery and staff so that when they started it was an easier transition.Violet particularly likes splat attack on a Friday where she is either covered in paint or water!

"My children have been attending the setting for almost 18 months where my little girl started in the baby room and is now in the Preschool.Splat Attack on a Friday is great as they get to do all the things I am not so keen to do at home! I am really interested in meeting and talking to new parents, reading with the children at nursery and supporting with marketing the nursery."
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