Hippitots was established in 2003 to offer care, pre-school education, and out of school provision for children in our area.

We are open all year round (closed on Bank holidays) providing outstanding early years education and care from 8.00am till 5.45pm Monday to Friday. As part of our service we offer places for children eligible for:

• the 15 hours free 2 year old funding,
• the universal 15 hours free funding for 3 & 4 year olds
• and 30 hours free funding for working parents.

Hippitots is a graduate lead day nursery, out of school club and holiday club located in Coxhoe, Durham. We were judged outstanding by Ofsted in June 2014.

We have four rooms:

• Baby room (0 - approximately 18 months)
• Little Rainbow Room (approximately 18 months - 3 years)
• Jigsaw Room (3 & 4 year olds)
• Out of school fun club & holiday club

All rooms are designed to allow children to develop their skills while accessing exciting learning opportunities enabling them to reach their full potential.

We have two outdoor areas. A rear yard designed with artificial grass flooring with a variety of activities available such as water play, sand, mark making etc. We also have a large garden designed with several different areas such as digging area, building area, sand pit, planting and sensory area etc.

Food and snacks are prepared fresh daily. All dietary needs are considered, and the children enjoy a wide variety of healthy foods. We have been awarded a five star food hygiene rating for several consecutive years.

Our management team are all graduates (BA Honours in Children and Early Childhood/Early Years Professional). While our Children's Practitioners are qualified from Level 2 up to Level 4. Staff are first aid qualified and take regular training for safeguarding.

To find out more about help with childcare costs please visit www.durham.gov.uk/childcarecosts

When is it on?

Session information
Open all year round Monday to Friday 8.00am till 5.45pm (pre booked earlier opening from 7.30am available)
Offer half day (8.00am till 12.30pm/1.30pm till 5.45pm) and full day (8.00am till 5.45pm) sessions
Sessions for 15 hours free 2 year old funded and 15 or 30 hours free funded sessions for 3 & 4 year old children

Who to contact

Contact name
Kay Durnall
Contact position
0191 377 3759

Where to go

The Tarka Centre
Hippitots Children's World
Commercial Road West
County Durham

Other details

Cost description
Please contact the nursery for up to date costs.
Age range
From 3 months to 12 years old


Childcare availability
Closed bank holidays
Before school
Term time
School holidays
After school
Free 3/4 yr places
Free 2 yr places
Will be providing 30 hours
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)
Hippitots is offering the funded 30 hours either term time or stretch offer.
Please contact the nursery for more details.

Vacancy details

Immediate vacancies?
Other information
Baby Room (0-18 months): Limited availability contact nursery for up to date availability. Toddler room (18 months - 3 year old room): Limited availability on most days. Contact nursery for up to date availability. Pre-School room (3 & 4 year olds) - Limited availability. Contact nursery for up to date availability. Out of school club - no availability.

Other details

School drop off/collection
Coxhoe Primary School
Last Ofsted inspection grade
Ofsted report
Click here to view the latest Ofsted inspection report

Local Offer

Local Offer description

We are fully committed to providing care and support to children and their families.

We have used the Disability Discrimination Act 1995, DfES 0-25 SEND code of Practice 2015 and the Children and Families Act 2014 to devise policies and procedures which ensure children have the appropriate opportunities to develop a good self-image and good strong foundations for future learning.

With the use of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2013) children’s progress and needs will be monitored by all members of staff through planning for each child’s individual needs along with methods of observation and recording to identify key issues of need.

At Hippitots, all children will have a key worker who will be responsible for the care and monitoring of the child’s development. The key workers will liaise with parents/carers and the SENCO if any issues arise and liaise with other professionals when needed.

We will treat each child as an individual, taking into account the child’s personality and past experiences. We use what the child can do as an important starting point in assessing the child’s level of development and use this as a basis to develop support plans which allow children to progress at their own rate.

Our SEN Coordinators attend regular business meeting to ensure they are up-to-date with the latest information and guidance plus attending training sessions. Our SENCOs will seek advice and support for themselves, children and families from other professionals. Any updates, recent research or relevant changes are feedback to all staff at staff meeting by our SENCo's.

We have a close working relationship with other professionals such as Health, and Speech and Language.

Contact name
Catherine Stores/Danielle Wilkinson (SEN Coordinators)
Contact telephone
0191 377 3759
Contact email

How does the early year's provision identify and assess children with special educational needs and disabilities?

How does the early year's provision identify and assess children with special educational needs and disabilities?

We work closely in partnership with parent/carers on admission to the nursery and throughout their time with us. During settling in visits staff share documentation with parent/carers to get information about the child's current stage of development which provides starting points in our planning for their learning.

Each child has a key person who along with other staff continuously observe and assess children during their time with us using this to plan and support the child's learning.

If staff have any concerns about a child, they will discuss this with the management team and parent/carers and advice will be taken on how to support both the child and family.

An assessment is completed each term which looks at how the child is developing allowing us to again highlight any concerns or delay in development which may not have previously been identified.

How will the curriculum be matched to meet children's developmental needs?

How will the curriculum be matched to meet children's developmental needs?

Each child has a monthly individual learning sheet which is completed by all staff highlighting the child's interest and any new skills learned; this information feeds into the planning of learning opportunities provided for the children.

We also encourage parent/carers to share new skills the child has started to use at home which we can support in the nursery. Next steps from child observations also feed into the planning of activities.

Some children may require an individual support plan which is specific to their need and supports areas of learning over a short period of time.

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?

What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by the early years setting?

We have accessed the services of Speech and Language, Educational Phycologist, EAL and Equalities team, and Health.

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had, or are having?

What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had, or are having?

Our Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinators attend business meetings held each term which provides training and updates in this area. All staff have access to a variety of courses online which look at all aspects of development.

How accessible is the early years setting environment? (indoors/outdoors)

How accessible is the early years setting environment? (indoors/outdoors)

Hippitots has two levels with the top floor access by stairs.

On the ground floor is our Baby room and Toddler room which has level access at the rear of the nursery. Also situated on the ground floor is the out of school club.

On the top floor is the pre-school room which can only be accessed by stairs.

Both of our outdoor areas are easily accessible.

How will the early years provision prepare and support my child(ren's) transition to their next educational establishment?

How will the early years provision prepare and support my child(ren's) transition to their next educational establishment?

Children attending and leaving Hippitots have well supported transitions.

Settling in visits - Children along with their parent/carers are required to have settling in visits so they become familiar with the environment and the staff as well as allowing for vital information sharing about the child and their development.

In house transitions - When children are moving from room to room within the nursery each child has several visits to their new room. The child's current and new key person will support the child during this process, and they will also share the child's current stage of learning and development as well as individual needs/requirements.

New Early Years setting - When children leave the nursery either to a different nursery the key person will complete and send the most up-to-date flying from the start assessment for the new provider. They will also contact the new provider if there is any specific information which needs to be shared.

Attending school - When children leave to attend school reception teachers are invited to visit the child in the nursery which allows them to meet the child in a familiar environment. This enables the key person to share the child's flying from the start assessment, discuss the child and their stage of development and to share a small report which looks at the areas of learning in the Early Years Foundation Stage. In conjunction with Coxhoe Primary School we also have a meeting with parent/carers which gives the information about helping their child with school readiness.

In the pre-school room we talk about school and the skills the children require throughout their time at the nursery.


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Address: Hippitots Children's World  Commercial Road West  Coxhoe  Durham  County Durham

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