A little more about Swingboat in Ashby

Ashby Day Nursery & Pre-school is situated in the centre of the Old Market Town of Ashby de La Zouch, close to 4 local primary schools for which we are able to provide wrap around care for in our Crafty Kidz after school club. We pride ourselves in providing a home-from-home environment for children, ensuring each child’s care and learning is tailored to suit their individual needs. The simple philosophy of providing the best possible childcare for every child is embedded within the setting’s ethos. We ensure we employ a highly qualified and motivated staff team that are passionate about childcare and committed to continuous professional development. We have an open-door policy and value our relationships with parents. We believe these relationships are the foundation to a child being happy, settled and secure, ensuring the foundations for learning are supported together.

Beccy Winfield
Nursery Manager


  • Weekly Forest School sessions
  • Nutritious homemade meals prepared on-site everyday
  • Safe outdoor gardens for daily adventures
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement with their child’s learning and development.
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility criteria
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement (15 and 30 hours) for 3-4-year-olds

Age Groups

Our nursery is split into 4 rooms, with each room to room designed to cater to a specific age range. The children transition between these rooms when they are developmentally ready, not based on their age.

Staff create opportunities for all children to take part in creative, physical and imaginative play, cooking, gardening and basic computer literacy sessions and lots more. They also have free flow access to the outdoors and benefit from weekly music and movement sessions.

Early Years 1: 6 weeks – 20 months

The Early Years 1 room is bright and spacious, and staff ensure that providing a homely feel helps children to quickly feel safe and secure. Staff pride themselves on creating strong bonds with the children and ensure they meet every child’s individual needs providing a smooth transition from home to nursery life.

Age Groups - Babies

Early Years 2: 20 – 30 months

Our Early Years 2 room is a fun place to be where the children can freely access resources and immerse themselves into a land of exploration and learning. The children love to sing, learn rhymes and share a story.

Age Groups - Toddlers

Pre-school 1 & 2: 30 – 40 months

The children’s personalities and independence are clearly showing through in Pre-school 1, they access the resources independently and love to be creative, explore messy and malleable materials. The children love to take their activities outside and investigate the natural environment.

Pre-school 2: 40 – 60 months

The Pre-school 2 room is a hive of activity with staff preparing the children to spread their wings and fly off to school. Children spend their time with self-chosen activities alongside adult led activities. They learn letters and sounds, phonics, problem solving skills and have read at home books to share with their parents. Our Pre-school children also enjoy regular sessions at Forest school. Forest School is a holistic approach that is child centred and activities are child led. The children are able to explore the forest area and use natural materials to create outcomes they set through their own imaginative play.

Age Groups - Preschool


Ashby Day Nursery and Pre-school is open all year from 7.30am – 6.00pm. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session 7:30am – 6:00pm
  • Morning Session: 7:30am – 1:00pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00pm – 6:00pm

For families eligible for 15 hours funding we can offer 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm. These sessions are subject to availability and are term time only.

Families eligible for 30 hours funding are able to use their hours against full day, morning or afternoon sessions. These sessions are all year around places

What our parents say about our day nursery

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Ashby Swingboat Nursery