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Nursery offer

Woodside Primary Academy Nursery forms part of the school’s outstanding provision. The nursery has a dedicated team of experienced leaders, qualified teachers and early years practitioners who provide exceptional care, learning and personal development for all children. The nursery has an established reputation for ‘high quality’ care and education amongst our current and returning families.

The setting comprises of five nursery classes; for children aged from two to four years old.  

  • Independent Dragonflies & Kind Caterpillars rooms for our children aged 2-3 years old, and
  • Confident Ladybird, Honest Bumblebees & Respectful Butterflies classes for our children aged 3-4 years old

Operating hours

We offer a wide range of provision to support the needs of all families

  • Free early educational funded 15 hour places for two year old children (eligibility criteria applies)
  • Free early educational funded 15 hour places for All three year old children
  • Free early educational funded 30 hour places for three year old children (Government Eligibility Criteria applies)
  • Extended wrap around day-care starting from: 7.30am and available to 6.00pm (Fees apply). Call the school for a breakdown of our competitive Fees.

Meal Provision

We provide healthy choices for breakfast, lunch, tea-time and mid-day snacks, all freshly prepared daily and cooked on site by our in-house catering team. 

Nursery Curriculum

Woodside Primary Academy is located in an area with a rich social and culturally diverse community; we use this as a basis for our curriculum which celebrates diversity and utilises the skills, knowledge and cultural wealth of the community whilst supporting the pupils’ spiritual, moral and cultural development. 

Our broad topic based curriculum, is rich with experiences and well-sequenced to ensure it prepares children for the next stage in their learning journey. It encompasses the prime and specific areas of learning guided by our knowledge of child development and the Early Years Foundation Stage Framework.

Prime Areas (Main focus for under 3's) Specific Areas

Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSHE)

  • Self-regulation
  • Managing self
  • Building relationships

Literacy (English- Reading/Writing/Phonics/Spelling)

  • Comprehension
  • Word reading
  • Writing

Physical Development (PE)

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills


  • Number
  • Numerical patterns 

Communication and Language (Oracy/Grammar/Comprehension)

  • Listening, attention and understanding
  • Speaking

Understanding the World (History/Geography/RE/Science/Computing)

  • Past and present
  • People, culture and communities
  • The natural world

Expressive Arts and Design (ART/DT/Music)

  • Creating with materials
  • Being imaginative and expressive

How do we support the development each child’s learning at Woodside?

We support children’s learning and development through playing and exploring, active learning, critical and creative thinking. The nursery provision provides a wealth of learning zones and activities to create and foster excitement and a thirst for independent learning. Teaching builds on from what children already know and can do.

Learning Partners

Parents are encouraged to contribute to their child’s learning from home via the interactive on-line ‘Tapestry App’. Parents are able to add videos, photographs and work samples to their child’s online learning journey.

The nursery team use the ‘Tapestry app’ to create a time map of each child’s learning journey by gathering children’s work samples through:

  • Photographs, video recordings and written observation notes of the children to support planning for each child’s next steps of learning, interests.
  • The learning journey and children’s everyday interests are used to assess each child’s progress while at Woodside. Parents can comment on what is uploaded by the staff team.

Monthly Family Thursday – ‘Stay & Play’

Each half term parents are invited to stay, play and learn alongside their child for a short 45 minute period.  Parents get the chance to join in with activities, e.g. creative play, a story & rhyme session, early mathematical exploratory play and talk to their child’s key person or teacher and ask questions about our approaches to teaching and child development.

Toy Library

Woodside facilitates Toy Library sessions every:

  • Wednesday morning from 9.00 AM until 11.00AM.
  • Thursday afternoon from 12.30 PM until 2.30 PM term time only. 
  • Parents and children are welcomed by our friendly staff for a session of fun activities, both indoors and outdoors. 
  • We provide refreshments & healthy snacks for parents & children and a song & a rhyme time at the end of each session. Come along and enjoy the fun!
  • Call and book your place prior to each weekly session: 0208 509 4375.
  • Voluntary contribution of £1.00 per family per session.