About Woodlands 

The Woodland Playgroup was founded in 1979 to serve the families of Downley by providing a welcoming, safe and happy place for their children to play. It grew from strength to strength and continues to the present day as a popular community pre-school.

Our aim is to ensure that when children leave us to go to school, they are happy, confident, sociable individuals, eager to continue the learning process.

You can find details of our curriculum, devised around the government's Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), here or by clicking on the tab at the top of the page.

Woodlands is a registered charity (regd charity no 292793), which is financed through a combination of government funding and our own fund raising efforts.

To read our latest Ofsted report (May 2015) click here, or go to the Downloads page to save a copy.


"Staff have strong relationships with parents and have developed a positive two-way flow of information"

"Practice is of a high standard. There were numerous different activities going on both indoors and outside and interaction was very good. I witnessed a story-telling session which the children listened to and were completely captivated with."

Bucks CC Early Years Visit Report

We meet at the Guide and Scout Centre (click here for map) and use all the accommodation available. After an extensive refurbishment, the setting provides what Ofsted described as an exciting and inspirational area .. with a fantastic wildlife garden where children can develop their imaginative play.

The outdoor area includes a summer house, climbing frame and wooden stepping stones, a mud kitchen and is often home to dens and castles of a more home-made variety.

HMS Woodlands sets sail across the playground

Our dedicated and highly qualified staff are regularly assisted by a number of parent helpers (see Parents as Partners). 


The setting encourages and requires that staff continually look to develop their training and expertise. To find out more about the Woodlands team, click here

The Woodland Pre-School, The Guide and Scout Centre, Coates Lane, Downley, HP13 5UX

01494 521953 (8.00am - 3.30pm). email  click here