Ashby Pre-school Academy

Swingboat Nurseries

30 North Street, Ashby de la Zouch, Leicestershire, LE65 1HS

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01530 416622

See Ashby Day Nursery for children under 3 years old. Swingboat Nurseries also care for children in Whitwick and Woodville.

Brand New Pre-school Academy for Children aged 3+ years Specialising in Primary School Preparation

Ashby Pre-school Academy prides itself on its very high standards and exceptional staff team. We ensure our staff are trained in current philosophies and early years pedagogy and work together to provide a play based curriculum that inspires both our children and staff.

We deliver age-appropriate learning experiences underpinned by our knowledge of child development, taking inspiration from a variety of philosophies including elements of the Curiosity approach, Montessori, Steiner, Reggio Emilia, Elizabeth Jarman and Hygge. Staff plan in the moment and skilfully wait for opportune moments to be invited into play to facilitate and support children’s learning, ensuring activities are extended, children are challenged, and each child achieves their personal best.

We value our relationships with parents and begin to nurture them from the very first phone call to ensure our parents have the confidence to work with us in supporting their child’s learning and development.

If you would like to learn more about life at Ashby Pre-school Academy, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Beccy Winfield, Pre-school Manager

Beccy Winfield, Pre-school Manager

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  • Forest School where children gain problem solving skills
  • Safe outdoor play area for daily adventures
  • Nutritious homemade meals and snacks prepared by a qualified Nursery Cook
  • Access to our Rising Stars School Readiness Programme ®
  • Online learning journals to follow your child’s learning and development
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 3 & 4 year olds (15 & 30 Hours)

Ashby Pre-school Academy


Our pre-school academy is open 7:30 am – 6:00 pm, for 51 weeks of the year. We are closed on bank holidays and for a week between Christmas and New Year.

  • Full Day Session 7:30 am – 6:00 pm
  • Morning Session: 7:30 am – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

15 & 30 Hour Funded only sessions available Term Time only:

  • Full Day Session: 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • Morning Session: 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • Afternoon Session: 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please contact us for a full list of our sessions.

Help with Fees

Ashby Pre-school Academy is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 3-4-year-olds (15 and 30 hours).

The Childcare Choices website provides a straightforward explanation of all Government Childcare Support in one place, providing a simple way of seeing which schemes are available, with easy next steps to where you can find out more.

Using the Childcare Calculator you can quickly find out which of the offers are available to you and choose what works best for your family.

For further questions on fees and funding, please contact us.

Refer a Friend

If you have a friend or family member who is looking for a place for their child at Ashby Pre-school Academy please ask them to complete the Get in Touch form, stating “Referral + Your Name” in the comments box. If a place is available and they do register their child, both you and your friend could receive £25 off one month’s fees!

Terms and conditions apply.


We believe it’s very important to encourage our children to love eating healthy and nutritious food. These healthy habits remain with them through their entire lives and can be the foundation of a healthy lifestyle ahead.

Fresh homemade food

Our dedicated on-site chef prepares healthy balanced meals on a daily basis and ensures our children are offered their 5-a-day

Varied seasonal menus

Menus are constantly varied to encourage curiosity whilst taking into account dietary and nutritional needs.


We teach our children about different types of food and how it helps them grow, encouraging good habits for the future.

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