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Woodland Corner CIO

Pre-School Playgroup
General Details

Woodland Corner is located in the grounds of Nayland Primary School, and provides a home for Pre-school sessions as well as Extended Schools. Its aim is to provide Nayland and the surrounding communities with childcare, that is affordable and of the highest quality. Woodland Corner has been designed to be modern and attractive, yet ecologically responsible. Sessions are available for children aged 2-11.

Vision Statement

At Woodland Corner we strive to provide a safe. caring, challenging environment for your child/ren to learn through play in a child-centred bespoke eco building.

Mission Statement

Children are valued as unique individuals, supported by caring, experienced and highly qualified practitioners who follow the EYFS.  We use a holistic approach to each child's unique development, creating children who are happy, confident, creative, sociable and enthusiastic learners, who look forward to challenges.

Our outdoor area is used all year round to encourage physical and mental wellbeing for your child with a strong outdoor learning ethos.  We believe that children flourish best when their personal, social and emotional needs are understood, supported and met where there are clear, fair and developmentally appropriate expectations for their behaviour.  We work with Parent/Carers as active  partners in the setting and we have strong partnership between home and pre-school.  

Woodland Corner ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families in an environment where children learn to value diversity in others and grow up making positive the fundamental values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect of all faiths and beliefs.

We have a qualified Forest School leader who provides regulator Forest School sessions in all weather, which builds resilient, confident children with a love for our natural world.


Who to contact

Cheryl Leeks
Nayland Primary School
Bear Street
01206 263054
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Venue Details

Parking available

30 Hours Extended Entitlements

Registered to provide 30 Hours?
30 Hours Partner Summary
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Last updated
Immediate vacancies

Days & times

Monday to Friday: 8.00 - 5.00

Inclusive Provisions

Wheelchair access
Cultural provisions
Individual dietary needs
Recent experience of supporting children with additional needs
Specific additional needs this setting has experience of
ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder)
ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder)
Autistic spectrum
Challenging Behaviour
Communication difficulties
Cystic Fibrosis
Downs syndrome
Emotional needs
Global Delay
Hearing Difficulties
Learning difficulties
Mentally Disabled
Motor impairment
Muscular dystrophy
Physical impairment
Renal failure
Serious allergy
Severe dietary needs
Social development impairment
Speech and language difficulties
Visual impairment


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£5.20 Breakfast Club (8.00 - 9.00) Breakfast Club
£6.50 Pre-school Breakfast Club (8.00 - 9.15) Breakfast Club
£15.60 Pre-school (9.15 - 12.15) Morning Session
£15.60 Pre-school (12.15 - 3.15) Afternoon Session
£5.20 After school until 4.30pm Extended hour
£7.80 After School without tea until 5.00pm After School Session until 5pm

Other Details

Adventure play area, Arts and crafts, Climbing frame, Close to parks, Enclosed outdoor play area, Equipment for all ages, Forest school, Garden, Healthy eating, Kitchen, Out-door play, Outdoor play equipment, Playroom, Private changing area, Quiet area, Sleeping area, Slide, Swings, Take children on outings, Vegetable patch, Village walks
School pickups
Nayland Primary School (Colchester)
Cater for over 8s
Age Range
From 2 Year(s)
To 11 Year(s)
Offers Tax Free Childcare
Last Updated

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
12/07/2021Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Local Offer Local Offer Record

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

Woodland Corner 

Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities (SEND)

Local Offer

Experience of including people with special educational needs and disabilities

  1.  How will Woodland Corner know if young children need extra help and what parents/carers should do if they think their child may have SEND?

At Woodland Corner we treat every child as an individual. Your child will be allocated a key person who will be responsible for monitoring your child’s progress and development through the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).  Through the use of observations and planning for their next steps, we are able to identify any concerns which we will share with you and, with consent we will contact other professionals if required.

 If you have any concerns about your child prior to them starting at Woodland Corner, this can be discussed with the manager at your initial visit or your child’s settling in session.  Once your child has settled in, you can also speak with your child’s key person, the pre-school leader or Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo).  

  1. .How will Woodland Corner support your child?

Your child’s key person and the setting SENCo will work with both you and your child with regular meetings to identify your child’s needs, progress and current interests. The key person together with the SENCo will plan next steps for your child, based on their interests which they will share with you.  

Woodland Corner can call on a Suffolk County Council Area SENCo for additional support where necessary (with your permission). They will come to the setting to meet with you and observe your child.  They can give advice to staff and suggest further strategies to support your child. 

  1. How will Woodland Corner create learning and development opportunities for individual children with SEND?

Woodland Corner is an inclusive setting and will make adjustments to enable every child to be included in our daily activities whenever possible.  Our adult focused activities include differentiation for the needs of children with varying abilities and stages of development.  For children with SEND, an individual learning plan will be created based on your child’s needs and interests, the key person’s observations and information received from you. This will be shared with you and monitored on a regular basis.  Next steps will be planned based on progress and in consultation with you.   

  1. How will both Woodland Corner and you will know how your child is doing and how will we help you to support your child’s learning?

All individual learning plans will be shared with you at regular meetings as they are developed and assessed for progress.  This will also be an opportunity to discuss progress at home and to share experiences.  Staff will share strategies and learning opportunities they are using for you to continue at home if you wish.  Your child’s Electronic Learning Journey "Tapestry" record is available for you to view on line on a regular basis for you to see and to make comments.  Staff are available at every session for short discussions and to pass on information, however for longer conversations it may be necessary to make an appointment. 

  1. How will Woodland Corner support the well-being of children with SEND?

We carry out daily risk assessments on the indoor and outdoor environment including security.  Equipment is checked for safety and damage.  All off site activities are risk assessed. We will discuss individual needs with parents to ascertain any adjustments that need to be made.    

We offer ‘settling in’ sessions which will familiarise your child with the setting and give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s individual needs before they commence.  This may include nappy changing and toilet training.  We are able to administer prescribed lifesaving or long term regular medication once the appropriate permission forms and/or care plans are complete. We store medication in a dedicated cupboard. We will access further training if necessary to enable us to administer the medication.  

We promote positive behaviour and all staff attend Positive Behaviour training.  Staff provide a consistent approach to behaviour concerns and will share strategies with parents. 

Relationships between children and key persons encourage children to share their feelings through discussion, sharing books or using symbols and pictures.  

  1. What training and experience do staff supporting children with SEND have?

All staff are qualified within Early Years. One of ur joint Pre-school Leaders is a QTA and the other is currently completing their Early Years Degree. Our SENCo has level 3 training in working with parents with children with SEN. The manager has Suffolk County Council accredited training in SEN.  Staff have training in First Aid, Positive Behaviour, Speech,Language and Communication, English as an Additional Language, Makaton and Allergies and Asthma.  We have Every Child a Talker accreditation.   

Staff are experienced in working with children with language and communication difficulties, cystic fibrosis, cognitive and physical development delay. 

  1. What specialist services and expertise are available to or accessed by our setting?

We work with all professionals as required for each child and encourage visits to the setting. Where necessary we will refer children to the appropriate professional service for further support. We will use recommendations such as Speech and Language exercises to work to support the child.   

We seek support from the SCC Area SENCo for advice and strategies. 

  1. How will Woodland Corner include children with SEND in activities outside the setting including trips?

All children are invited  to join activities and trips outside the setting.  For all children, there is an expectation that parents accompany their child on trips. We ensure any outside activity is accessible to all children that currently attend the setting. For short local activities we ask for volunteers to ensure high ratios and sufficient adult support for all children’s needs. 

  1. How accessible is Woodland Corner?

There is disabled parking at the front of Nayland Primary SchoolWoodland Corner is accessed along a path to the school playground and then up a gentle slope.  The entrance to the building is level with the path and the setting is on one level.  Entrance to the covered decking area is also level and there is a small slope down to the grass play area.  There is an accessible toilet in the lobby area.   

  1. How will Woodland Corner support your child prepare and support to join the setting and transfer to a new setting and/or school?

All children have a settling in session with their parent to familiarise them with the setting and staff.  We discuss children’s individual needs with the parent and how we will be able to support the child in the setting.  We complete a care plan to address a child’s personal needs where required. We encourage parents to continue the settling in process by staying with their child at their first sessions until the child is confident and happy to be left.  We feed back to parents about how their child has settled and some of the activities they have accessed.   

For children with SEND who are due to start school, we arrange a meeting with the school reception teacher, the parents, where possible any professionals involved, the area SENCo and the Woodland Corner SENCo.  We pass on the child’s Learning Journey record, current learning plans and all relevant information to the new setting/school. 

  1. How are the setting’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?

We are a registered charity with limited funds, however for children with high level needs we are able to apply for some additional funding to access specialist equipment and resources or to provide an additional member of staff to work with your child.  Where possible we will adapt our environment and provision to support the needs of individual children. 

  1. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?

The manager, SENCo and key person will work closely with you and other professionals to determine your child’s needs. We will carefully assess, monitor and review individual needs. Regular staff meetings ensure all staff are involved in providing support. 

  1. How are parents involved at Woodland Corner?  How can I be involved?

We ask all parents to contribute to their child’s Electronic Learning Journey with observations and comments.  

All parents are members of Woodland Corner and are encouraged to join our Committee of Trustees.  We regularly invite parents into the setting to share skills with the children and to participate in celebrations. Parents support our fundraising activities which help ensure our fees are affordable and we are able to replace old equipment or purchase new resources. 


  1. Who to contact for further information.

Parents can contact the setting manager for an initial chat on 01206 263054. We encourage prospective parents to visit the setting for more detailed discussion.  Our setting SENCo is Abbie Hull.  




Cheryl Leeks
01206 263054
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Conditions Supported
Autistic spectrum conditions
Communication difficulties
Health conditions
Learning difficulties
Mental health conditions
Physical disabilities
Sensory impairments

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