Once Upon A Time Cecil Gowing

Our sessional care nursery school is located within the grounds of Cecil Gowing Infant School, and we have been here since 2007. The nursery mainly caters for three and four year olds during school term times only, but we occasionally accept a small number of two year olds. Many of the children who attend this nursery progress to Cecil Gowing Infant School making it a fairly smooth transition.

The building we occupy is separate from but adjacent to the Infant School. We have our own secure outside play area and the free flow of indoor and outside play is encouraged.

The team use an online app called ‘Tapestry’ to record each child’s learning journal. Parents can log in whenever they wish to keep up to date with the activities their child has been doing at nursery, along with their developmental progress.

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Opening times

This nursery is open school term times only (38 weeks of the year). Morning sessions run from 8.45am to 11.45am.  Lunch Club runs from 11.45am to 12.15pm. Afternoon sessions run from 12.15pm to 3.15pm.

Meet the Manager

Poppy Cook

Poppy Cook

BA (Hons)

I joined Once upon a time in 2009, and during that time I’ve worked at Wroxham Road, where I was a Room Manager, and then at Constitution Hill, where I was Deputy Nursery Manager. After having my daughter, I returned to be the Nursery Manager based here at Cecil Gowing Infant School.

As a qualified Early Years Teacher, my knowledge and skills are tailored for the pre-schoolers aged three and four. The team here work incredibly hard to make sure the children are well prepared and ready for their transition to Infant School.

Another part of my role is to lead the Early Years Foundation team, which involves some of our most highly qualified staff from the other nursery schools. Together, we work to make sure we’re delivering a consistent and creative approach to the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We’re lucky to have some fantastic people who bring the magic to life at Once upon a time. Each member of the team is a Key person to a small number of children. When your child starts nursery, they’ll be matched to one of the team who’ll help settle them into nursery, support their learning and development and be your main point of contact.

Poppy is joined by: Sarah, Anna, Emma, Laura, Sam and Hannah and our Lunchtime Assistant Ali.

Sessional fees

All children are entitled to government funding from the start of the school term following their 3rd birthday.
Depending on parent eligibility, this will be either 15 or 30 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year.

Funded sessions

Non-funded sessions


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