A little more about Swingboat Nursery in Whitwick

Dear Parents,

Hermitage Day Nursery is located in Whitwick, North West Leicestershire. We provide care for up to 80 children a day from 3 months to 5 years.

We have excellent partnership with parents, carers and other professionals involved with our families such as health visitors, area SENCo and Speech and Language therapist as well as having close connections with local schools to enable our staff to support smooth transitions to school.

Everything we do is driven by our desire to provide the highest levels of quality childcare that we can. We pride ourselves on having a fully qualified team of practitioners who are experience and passionate about what they do. As a setting we are constantly ensuring we are one step ahead and implement new ideas and legislation as and when these arise.

Hannah Fee
Nursery Manager

  • Experienced and motivated qualified staff
  • ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in December 2013
  • 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
  • Nutritious homemade meals prepared on-site everyday

Age Groups

Our nursery is split into 6 rooms, with each one designed to cater to a specific age range. We operate our nursery in a way that facilitates children’s transition between rooms when they are ready, not just based on their age. All children have access to an enclosed outdoor play area on a free flow basis where they can explore the natural world as much as they like. We have our own minibus and pushchairs which we use to ensure children can access the wider community and explore beyond the nursery grounds and can go out into the local community for things such as a walk to the local park.

Baby Room 1: 3 – 16 months

In our baby room they take part in many multi-sensory experiences to boost their awareness of the world around them. Our staff follow your baby’s individual routine at nursery providing a smooth transition from home to nursery life. Babies benefit from a sleep areato have a lie down when needed and their own garden area where they can explore without the hustle and bustle of older children. This is adjoined to our large play area which means the babies still have the opportunity to engage with other children.

Age Groups - Babies

Baby Room 2: 16 -24 months

At this age, children start to benefit from a general routine with free play sessions, snack time and other age appropriate activities. In our dining area, our nurturing staff help the children learn to feed themselves, bolstering their independence as they grow.

Age Groups - Toddlers

Toddler Room: 24 – 32 months

The Toddler Room is set up daily with stimulating activities across all areas of learning and development including Role play, Mathematics, ICT, Construction, Mark making, Messy play and Creative activities. Adult-led activities also take place alongside free play each day for more targeted support with meeting next steps in learning.
We have found this is the age group where the children start showing an interest in potty training; our staff are skilled in this area and will work closely with parents to ensure continuity of routine. Social skills and peer relationships are fostered through group activities and during meal times.

Tweenie Room: 32 – 40 months

The children take part in group time activities such as gathering time at the beginning of the session and story and circle times during the day.

Pre-school 1 & 2: 40 – 60 months

Our pre-school has a capacity of 34 children across our 2 rooms. These rooms gradually begin preparing children for school with a carefully planned programme of activities, providing free play within a slightly more structured environment.

We promote independence by encouraging self-selection at meal times, making choices, solving their own disputes and involving the children in the planning of the day.

Age Groups - Preschool


Hermitage 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 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1pm – 6pm

For families eligible for the 2, 3 & 4 year old funding, their 15 or 30 hours can be accessed during the 9am – 4pm, 9am – 12pm or 1pm – 4pm sessions.

What our parents say about our day nursery

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Hermitage Swingboat nursery