Answers to some of our more commonly asked questions 

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Before your child starts

How old do children have to be before they can start?

We usually admit children in the term following their third birthday (see Admissions), although we have some spaces reserved for children to start with us from 2 and a half year old (on payment of appropriate fees if not in receipt of 2 year old funding).


How much does it cost?

Woodlands is registered to offer places with Funded Entitlement but if a child exceeds their statutory entitlement, our charges are £6.00 per hour for 3 and 4 year olds and £6.50 per hour for 2 year olds.


Can I pay with Childcare Vouchers?

We are registered with several childcare voucher companies. speak to our Administrator for details.


How many children are there in a session, and what are your staff to children ratios?

Numbers can fluctuate by day and term, but generally there will be somewhere between 20 and 35 children. There is always at least one adult for every 6 children to ensure that we meet every individual's requirements.


Is there a waiting list?

We admit children on a 'first come, first served' basis and some terms are busier than others. Please contact the Administrator for further details.


Does it matter if my child is still in nappies?

Acquiring the skills necessary to use a toilet are a stage in a child's development. Staff are always available to change nappies/pull ups and help children become comfortable and independent with using the toilet. 


Can I come for a visit?

We welcome visitors to Woodlands at any time, but we would ask that you phone first to ensure you don't catch us on a day when we are out on one of our walks. Our Leaders or Administrator are happy to show visitors around and answer any questions.


Are you affiliated to any particular school?

No. We work closely with the two local schools, but our children progress to a wide variety of primary schools.


When are you open?

We operate Monday to Thursday 9.00 - 15.30 during normal term time.

On Fridays we are open 9.00 - 12.00.

We currently offer a Breakfast Club from 8.00 - 9.00 on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday mornings.

Our terms run in line with most local schools

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

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