Welcome to Woodlands Nursery and Preschool

Woodlands provides day care for children aged 5 weeks to 5 years. We are open from 8am until 6pm, Monday to Friday. We open 51 weeks per year, excluding Bank Holidays and closure for one week at Christmas. Morning and afternoon sessions or any combinations are available, including full days and full week. We aim to be as flexible as possible to accommodate the needs of any parent or child.

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Meet Our Team

Our highly experience and dedicated Early Year Staff who are all qualified from Level 2 to BA Honours in Primary Education. All staff are Level 3 Paediatric First Aid trained.

Stacey Leppenwell Deputy Manager
Sarah Ives Owner and Manager
Becky Dabbs Early Years Practitioner Lead (Under 2's) and SENCO

Latest Events

Keep your eyes posted for all Events happening for Woodlands Nursery and Preschool

02  Mar

World Book Week

Woodlands will be celebrating World book day with a week of activities focused around books.

Policies & Forms

Woodlands follow many policies and procedures some of these are available to view here. We also have a section to download any Forms that we use in the setting. (Including Registration Form and T&C's)

Policies Forms

School Readiness

"Children should start school healthy, happy, communicative, socialable, curious, active and ready equipped for the next phase of life and learning"

School Readiness is not about starting a formal approach to learning as early as possible.

Your child learns and develops mainly through play. It cannot be stressed enough how valuable play opportunities are for your child, allowing him/her to explore the world around them and make connections in their thinking which leads to deep level learning. All the positive experiences that babies and young children can receive contribute towards them being ‘ready for school’.

Supporting your child to become independent, communicative, feeding and dressing themselves, using the toilet and knowing and understanding their own needs is great preparation for later when these skills will be invaluable.

Children progress and learn at different rates and will, hopefully, demonstrate a wide range of unique capabilities supporting their readiness for school by the time they enter Key Stage 1 (KS1). However, we need to be mindful that ‘school readiness’ is NOT about …

  • being compliant
  • being able to sit still
  • being able to ‘line up’
  • being able to read
  • being able to write
  • being able to count to 20
  • being able to do homework
  • being able to tie shoe laces on their own

YOU as a parent are your child’s most important and on-going educator—support and encourage them with …

  • Chatting about likes, dislikes, feelings and emotions —use pictures and stories
  • Dressing and feeding themselves, and using the toilet
  • Making healthy nutritious food and drink choices, especially water
  • Being active every day—run, jump, dance, hop and skip
  • Exploring the outdoors—look at nature together
  • Developing a love of books, stories and songs

This information can be found on KELSI website; http://://www.kelsi.org.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0009/76509/School-Readiness-A-Guide-for-Families.pdf

Contact Us

Woodlands Nursery and Preschool contact page. For the office please use Kevin@woodlandspreschool.co.uk or Sarah@woodlandspreschool.co.uk For room vacancies please email Stacey@woodlandspreschool.co.uk for over 2 room or Becky@woodlandspreschool.co.uk for the under 2 room.

Get in touch

Please telephone or email to arrange a tour of our setting or answer any questions you may have.

334 Minster Road, Minster on Sea, Sheppey, Kent. ME12 3PE
Phone: 01795 875849