Woodville Day Nursery

Swingboat Nurseries

Blacksmith's Lane, Woodville, Derbyshire, DE11 7EF

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01283 552277

Swingboat Nurseries also care for children in Ashby de la Zouch and Whitwick

Outstanding day care for babies and children, all year round

Our spacious purpose-built nursery and pre-school in the centre of Woodville provides care for babies as young as 6 weeks up until 5 years old. The nursery has two large and secure outdoor play areas for children to access throughout the day, with an additional outdoor space dedicated to our babies.

We offer our children a play-based curriculum which meets all the requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Key Person’s record information onto an online learning journey of which parents will have access to, enabling them to have an input into their child’s learning and development.

Amanda Gadsby & Tammy Mansfield, Nursery Managers

Amanda Gadsby & Tammy Mansfield, Nursery Managers

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  • Experienced and motivated qualified staff
  • ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted rating in June 2017
  • Online learning journals to encourage parent engagement with their child’s learning and development.
  • Weekly Forest School sessions with Pre-schoolers
  • Safe and spacious outdoor areas for daily adventures
  • Nutritious homemade meals and snacks prepared by a qualified Nursery Cook
  • Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds (15 & 30 Hours)

Age groups

Our 110-place setting is split into 6 rooms, with different rooms designed to cater to different age groups. Our child-centred approach means that children transition between rooms when they are ready, not just based on their age.

Woodville Day Nursery & Pre-school

Baby Room 1

(6 weeks – 18 months)

In our baby room they take part in many multi-sensory experiences to boost their awareness of the world around them. Our staff follow your baby’s individual routine at nursery providing a smooth transition from home to nursery life.
The babies have access to their very own garden where they can explore the natural world and enjoy walks to the local park.

Baby Room 2

(15 – 24 months)

At this age, children start to benefit from a general routine with free play sessions, snack time and other age appropriate activities. In our dining area, our nurturing staff help the children learn to feed themselves, bolstering their independence as they grow.

Toddler Room

(24 – 36 months)

The Toddler Room is set up daily with stimulating activities across all areas of learning and development including Role play, Mathematics, ICT, Construction, Mark making, Messy play and Creative activities. Adult-led activities also take place alongside free play each day for more targeted support with meeting next steps in learning.

We have found this is the age group where the children start showing an interest in potty training; our staff are skilled in this area and will work closely with parents to ensure continuity of routine. Social skills and peer relationships are fostered through group activities and during meal times.

Pre-school Rooms

(30 – 60 months)

Our 3 Pre-school rooms begin to prepare children for their transition to primary school. Activities planned by the staff introduce them to letters and numbers and encourage them to explore technology. The children take part in group activities such as gathering time at the beginning of the session, story and circle times during the day and weekly PE lessons. The children have free flow access to our safe outdoor garden and often take walks in the community and local park.


Our nursery and pre-school is open for 51 weeks of the year, 7:30 am – 6:00 pm. 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

Families eligible for 2 year old funding are able to use their hours as the following sessions:

  • 8:00 am – 6:00 pm
  • 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
  • 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

For families eligible for the 3 & 4 year old funding, their 15 and 30 hours funding can be accessed during our regular session times on a year round basis, or during the following term time session slots:

  • 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
  • 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Such a wonderful setting, have recommended to several friends and colleagues! The staff are passionate, caring and are keen to build parent partnerships!


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Help with Fees

Woodville Day Nursery is pleased to offer Free Early Years Education Entitlement for 2-year-olds subject to eligibility, as well as 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 Woodville Day Nursery, 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.

We have a 5-star Food Hygiene Rating and are able to cater for all dietary requirements.

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.