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.

Safety is  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 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. 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.

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

At Woodlands keeping children safe is our first priority. 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 is an individual and their unique needs are catered for during their learning phase at Woodlands.


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 and water

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.

All children are entitled to 570 hours of free early education a year, once they turn 3 year old until they start full-time school. 

A child turns 3 year old between 1 April – 31 August, can start free early education on or after 1st September. 

A child turns 3 year old between 1 September – 31 December, can start free early education on or after 1st January. 

A child turns 3 year old between 1 January – 31 March, can start free early education on or after 1 April. 

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. Some 2 year olds are entitled to get 15 hours free early education who meet the criteria set by Hertfordshire county council. 2 year old funded application form

We offer both morning and afternoon sessions with combinations available to suit your childcare requirements.  

All 3 and 4 year olds can get 15 hours free early education. You can use these from the term after your child turns 3 year old. 

Some 3 and 4 year old can get extra 15 hours childcare, this is known as 30 hours free childcare. Based on your circumstances you may also be eligible for 30 hours  free early education. You can check if you are eligible for 30 hours on: www.childcarechoices.gov.uk.

Parent can continue to get tax credits, universal credits, childcare vouchers, salary sacrifice schemes, childcare grants or bursaries at the same time as 30 hours free early education.

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/ SENco
Designted Safeguarding Person (DSP)

Michelle Horn

CACHE Level 3 Dip. Child Care & Education
Catterpillars Room Leader

Stacy Addison

CACHE Level 3 Diploma for Early years
Early Years Practitioner

Bethany Harris

Early Years Practitioner
Level 3 BTEC National Diploma

Courtney Hansard

Level 2 Apprentice

Kiera Kelly

Level 3 Apprentice

Jacqueline Moorby

Level 2 Food Hygiene & Safety for Catering
Catering Officer