A little more about Swingboat in Woodville

Dear Parents,

Our purpose-built nursery and pre-school in the centre of Woodville provides care for babies as young as 6 weeks up until 5 years old. The nursery has two large and secure outdoor play areas for children to access throughout the day, with an additional outdoor space for our babies.

We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Key Person’s record information onto an online learning journey of which parents will have access to, enabling them to have an input into their child’s learning and development.

Our management team has 44 years of childcare experience between them, enabling them to successfully lead our team of highly qualified and experienced practitioners, working together to create an environment which encourages curiosity, promotes investigation, enables decision making, provides opportunity to practice skills, solve problems and makes learning fun and interesting.

Amanda Gadsby and Tammy Mansfield
Nursery Managers

  • Experienced and motivated qualified staff
  • ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in June 2017
  • 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 110-place setting is split into 6 rooms, with different rooms designed to cater to different age groups. Our child-centred approach means that children transition between rooms when they are ready, not just based on their age.

Baby Room 1: 6 weeks – 18 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.
The babies have access to their very own garden where they can explore the natural world and enjoy walks to the local park.

Age Groups - Babies

Baby Room 2: 15 – 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 – 36 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.

Pre-school: 30 – 60 months

Our 3 Pre-school rooms begin to prepare children for their transition to primary school. Activities planned by the staff introduce them to letters and numbers and encourage them to explore technology. The children will take part in group activities such as gathering time at the beginning of the session, story and circle times during the day and weekly PE lessons. The children have free flow access to our safe outdoor garden and often take walks in the community and local park.

Age Groups - Preschool


Woodville 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

Families eligible for 2 year old funding are able to use their hours as the following sessions; 8:45am – 3:45pm, 8:45am – 11:45am or 1pm – 4pm.

For families eligible for the 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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Woodville Swingboat Day Nursery