Our aim is to ensure children always get the best care and education possible. Our aim is to help all our children develop in confidence and independence to get them ready for their transition to school.

Like all other childcare providers we follow the Early Years Foundation stage (EYFS) which builds a coherent and flexible approach to care and learning. Our performance was recently inspected by Ofsted and we were rated OUTSTANDING in all areas.
Bows and Arrows Group has also been awarded Educational Setting of the Year 2015— in the Suffolk Raising the Bar Awards.
We recognise that every child is an individual and we take great care in planning suitable and varied activities to meet the needs and interests of every single child. These activities are reviewed daily and constantly updated.




Our activities are based around the 7 areas of learning in the EYFS. Below are some few examples of how we might follow these:
Prime Areas
  • Communication and Language: Role play activities, other types of imaginative play, storytelling and singing.
  • Physical Development: running, jumping, or playing outside, movement through music and dance. Plus developing fine motor skills such as: Puzzles, Playdough, painting, sticking, drawing, and building towers.
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development: Playing turn taking games, small world resources, large and small group activities such as bubble paint or sand tray activities to encourage relationship building and confidence.
Specific Areas (Mainly for older children aged 3-5)
  • Literacy: More advanced stories and rhymes, mark making and other activities to encourage early writing.
  • Mathematics: Weighing and measuring baking ingredients, counting games, understanding use of money through visits to local shops
  • Understanding the World: Celebrating different religious or cultural festivals, Exploring and discovering nature such as collecting insects or finding a birds egg, and use of ICT equipment
  • Expressive arts and design: Designing and making a special Hat or modelling something out of clay
To come and find out more what we get up to—come and have a look round!

Outdoor Play

We strongly believe in the importance and benefits of daily outdoor play. Our mantra is ‘there is no such thing as bad weather, it’s bad clothing’. We have plenty of warm and waterproof clothing which means we can head out in rain or shine! As well as organised outside activities, we have many outdoor resources and these are self accessible to the children giving them the independence to access those they enjoy the most.
The Preschoolers also partake in weekly Forest Schools sessions. These are held in a nearby local wood. These sessions offer children the time and opportunity to experience hands on play and learning. The variety of skills used enables children to develop more quickly than in the conventional learning environment. Typical types of activities might include building dens or houses for bugs/ bird/ creatures, listening to the environment, clambering over fallen trees or branches, looking for insects/ leaves /paw marks, natural painting /drawing/ mark making with sticks, singing, playing lots of imaginative and active games. The list is endless and no session is ever the same – just always lots of fun.




Lauren is our highly qualified and experienced Special Educational Needs and disabilities Coordinator (SENDCO) Her qualifications include behaviour training, Communication training, Transition training, supporting a hearing impaired child, cerebral palsy workshop, Makaton and she is fluent in British Sign Language level 2. Lauren is very approachable and able to speak with you regarding any queries or concerns you may have surrounding your child. She also holds training sessions for parents on Speech and language and behaviour management.


Buttons and Bows "provides a rich, imaginative variety of fun and purposeful activities which engage and inspire the children. As a result, children are making significant and rapid
progress and are exceptionally well prepared for the next stages in their learning and
development." - OFSTED 2013