Nurturing and safe environment

We are a private, independent nursery providing quality childcare from 2 – 5 years of age in a preschool setting, offering a high standard in early years education in a state of the art environment.

Woodlands Pre-School and Nursery was successful in its bid for Early Years Capital Grant in August 2016 and with the Education Funding Agency Grant and in partnership with Hertfordshire County Council, built a new pre-school which was designed to meet the needs of modern day nursery specifications. This education rebuild project was one of only three awarded in the county and was completed over the summer and opened in September 2018.

We are committed to ensuring that your child receives the best in pre-school education and we meet ratios set out by Ofsted at all times. We have a policy of constant staff training and all staff attend courses on a regular basis. Safety is also our utmost priority with a cctv controlled site, fire and smoke alarm system as well as a building that meets the latest standards for regulation and sustainability. 

We set our own funding policy offering 15 hours free entitlement for 3 and 4-year-old children as well as 30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4-year-old children (subject to meeting working criteria).

Our recent Ofsted inspection conducted on 21st June 2018 states that ‘The quality and standards of this early years provision is ‘Good.’ 




Interior & Outdoor

We operate two rooms. Children from the age of 2 are welcomed into the Caterpillars Room and progress into the Butterflies Room as their social and other skills develop.

All our activities are aimed at educating the children, while they are having fun and enjoying themselves.  A child will learn when he or she wants to learn, we are here to encourage and support them. To help them learn new skills, to explore their surroundings, to communicate their feelings and ideas to each other and to us.

We aim to give them a healthy, happy approach to school life.

We will greatly miss coming to Woodlands in September and I just hope his new school can live up to the outstanding standards we have experienced at Woodlands

Lucy Owen

Why choose us?

Our brand new purpose designed building provides a safe, secure and caring environment for your child to gain self-esteem and confidence. We secured a ‘Good’ grade at our recent Ofsted inspection on 21st June 2018

While following the statutory Early Years Foundation Stages, updated April 2017, Woodlands Nursery has maintained its private and independent status along with its unique qualities.

We offer both morning and afternoon sessions with combinations available to suit individual requirements, see term dates. We accept funding for two year olds who meet the Hertfordshire County Council Criteria. All 3 and 4 year olds already receive 15 hours a week of free early education (FEE).
Woodlands is also offering 30 hours FEE. Please check if you are eligible for 30 hours of free early years education by clicking on: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

Parent can continue to get these types of support at the same time as 30 hours FEE:

  • Tax credits
  • Universal credits
  • Childcare vouchers or salary sacrifice schemes
  • Childcare grants or bursaries
  • Fully qualified and highly trained staff enable us to offer higher staff:child ratios than Ofsted’s statutory requirements.
  • We operate a waiting list for children not yet 2 years old. Once they are 2 they may begin Nursery as soon as a place becomes available, they are not restricted to starting at the beginning of term.
  • We provide the best possible start for your child’s future by promoting self-awareness and an willingness to learn, with opportunities to explore and try exciting new experiences. Each child is treated as an individual and their unique needs are catered for.

Our Staff

Woodlands Pre-School & Nursery
Management Structure

Emma Stone

BTEC Level 3 Nat. Dip. in Childcare & Education

Nursery Manager
Designated Safeguarding Lead Person (DSLP)

Emma Whitby

CACHE Level 3 Dip. Child Care & Education

Deputy Manager/ Butterflies Room Leader/ SENco
Designted Safeguarding Person (DSP)

Francessca Morrell

CACHE Level 3 Dip. Child Care & Education

Catterpillars Room Leader (2-3 year olds)

Rhian Watkins

BTEC Nat. Dip. CCLD Level 3

Early years practitioner
Health & Safety Officer

Michelle Horn

CACHE Level 3 Dip. Child Care & Education

Early years practitioner

Jessica Cox

CACHE Level 3 Dip. Child Care & Education

Early years practitioner

Chanel Stock

CACHE Level 2. Introduction to Early Years, Education & Care


Jacqueline Moorby

Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety for Catering

Catering Officer


BTEC = Business & Technology Education Council.
CCYPW = Certificate in Children’s & Young Person’s Workforce.
CCLD = Children’s Care, Learning & Development.
CACHE = Council for Awards in Children’s Care & Education.