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. 

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


Setting Layout

Interior & Outdoor

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

We have spacious indoor and outdoor space to help children settle in the nursery environment. 

Some of the activities your child will take part include:

playing with the sand pit

painting, drawing, sticking and gluing

creating with construction blocks and play dough

Musical movements 

listening to stories and reading 

doing jigsaws and puzzles

cooking simple dishes 

signing songs and nursery rhymes 

We provide wide range of age-appropriate activities to encourage children's social, creative, communication and listening development.

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

Parent Feedback

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 during an Ofsted inspection on 21st June 2018. 

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

We operate a waiting list for children not yet 2 years old. Once they are 2 year old they may begin nursery as soon as place becomes available, they are not restricted to starting at the beginning of term.

We offer both morning and afternoon sessions with combinations available to suit childcare requirements.   We accept funding for two-year-olds who meet the Hertfordshire County Council Criteria. 3 year-old children are entitled to receive 15 hours a week of free early education.
Based on your circumstances you may also be eligible for 30 hours a week free early education. Please check if you are eligible for 30 hours 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

Staff at Woodlands work with individual children, small groups and the whole group at different times. Staff pride on creating positive atmosphere and are committed to provide the best possible early years education and care for the children. 

At Woodlands keeping children safe is at the heart of everything we do. 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. We ensure each child is treated as an individual and their unique needs are catered for during their learning phase at Woodlands. 


Our Staff

Woodlands Pre-School & Nursery
Management Structure

Emma Stone

BTEC Level 3 Nat. Dip. in Childcare & Educatio
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.