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Our Nursery & 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 consists of six nursery classes; for children aged from 6 months old to four-years-old.  

  • Confident Grasshoppers - for children aged 6 months to 2 years (This age group has a separate Ofsted registration)

We are pleased to say that in June 2024 we received a 'Good' rating for our baby provision.

Please find our latest Ofsted Report here 

The Woodside Primary Academy Nursery - Open - Find an Inspection Report - Ofsted

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


Woodside Nursery Offer

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

  • Free early education funded 15-hour places for children aged 9-months (eligibility criteria applies).
  • Free early education funded 15-hour places for two-year-old children (eligibility criteria applies).
  • Free early education funded 15-hour places for all three and four-year-old children.
  • Free early education funded 30-hour places for three and four-year-old children (Government Eligibility Criteria applies).
  • Full day-care and extended wrap-around day-care starting from: 8:00am and available until 6.00pm (Fees apply). Full day-care places require a £150.00 deposit which is non-refundable.    
  • For additional hours (e.g. 7.30am start, additional day) please request this via the Nursery Operations Manager.   
  • Call Nursery Operations Manager John Coggin in the nursery office on 0203 839 4971 for more information about our competitive fees.

Meal Provision

We provide healthy choices for breakfast, lunch, tea-time and midday 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. 

Learning at Woodside nursery, journeys through well-planned repetitive fun and meaningful learning opportunities that include ’concrete’ experiences and some direct teaching. This is to ensure each child builds up the necessary procedural skills and knowledge to move on to the next stage of their learning journey and gain love and excitement for learning new things.

It encompasses the programmes of study: prime and specific areas of learning (Early Years Foundation Stage Framework) and is guided by research, our professional knowledge and experience of child development.

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

Personal, Social and Emotional Development 

  • Self-regulation
  • Managing self
  • Building relationships


  • Comprehension
  • Word reading
  • Writing

Physical Development 

  • Gross motor skills
  • Fine motor skills


  • Number
  • Numerical patterns 

Communication and Language 

  • Listening, attention and understanding
  • Speaking

Understanding the World 

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

Expressive Arts and Design 

  • Creating with materials
  • Being imaginative and expressive

How do we support the development of each child at Woodside?

We support children’s learning and development through play and exploration, active learning, direct teaching and 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 and photographs 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 a few of the children’s work samples through:

  • Photographs, video recordings and written observation notes of the children support planning for each child’s next step in their learning journey.
  • Information gathered or observed is used to assess each child’s progress while at Woodside. Parents can comment on what is uploaded by the staff team.

Terrific Tuesday

Each half-term parents are invited to stay, play and learn alongside their child for a short 45-minute period.  Parents have 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.