Introducing 'the Woodlands'

The Woodlands preschool is purpose built in the grounds of Clifton All Saints Academy.. It's location, being adjacent to the schools grassed play area and nestled within trees provides a tranquil setting with a natural and picturesque outlook. Built in spring 2008, the building had been designed with children in mind and therefore has a safe, attractive interior with a wide range of games and activities and is further complemented by a large, varied and secure garden for outdoor play. The Woodlands houses both the Pre-school and Breakfast and After school clubs; details of which can be found with the extended care prospectus in 'documents' and also on the extended care section of the website.

The aim of our Pre-school is threefold. It is to enhance the development and education of children under statutory school age in a parent-involving, community based group; to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment; and to work within a framework that ensures equality of opportunity for all children and families. Children gain in skill and understanding through their play, especially when it is fun and they are able to share their enjoyment with an adult and talk through their discoveries. At Pre-school your child will not be taught but will learn in their own time. Pre-school gives them the opportunity to share with other children, to accept new situations, to experiment with different materials, to express themselves in many different ways, to develop language skills, to work things out for themselves and to make friendships that continue on to school.

Our Staff Team

We are very proud of our professional staff team and consider ourselves to be fortunate to have a dedicated team who are all highly qualified. At woodlands almost all members of staff are of a Level 3 status, with 1 of them holding a BA honours in child & youth studies & 1 studying towards a BA open degree. Together they have many years of experience in Early Years Learning establishments. Our Manager is Sarah Shanley holds an NQV Level 5 qualification, & Rachael Small is our Deputy who holds an Early Years Professional Status. All staff are fully DBS checked and all sessions have a qualified First Aider. Our staff attend regular training sessions in areas such as behaviour management, safeguarding, and risk assessment. All staff names, pictures and qualifications are displayed on the external display board with details of how the staff are deployed. The staff rota is also displayed in the main room again showing staff deployment.

Every Pre-school child has a designanted ‘Key person’. Each Key person has special responsibilities for a small number of children and will form a close relationship with both the child and their parents. The Key person will get to know your child individually and will provide the extra reassurance which makes them feel safe and cared for . We value and recognise the importance of the relationship between staff, parents and the children working in partnership together to provide the very best environment for your child.The key person is also in a position to tailor our curriculum to the unique needs of each child and this is shown in their Individual learning Plan (ILP). The ILP is a careful record of your child’s development and progress and which can be regularly reviewed in discussion with your Key person. It contains records of events and activities of your child’s day by written observations and photographs and can be seen at any time. A transition report is compiled from your childs ILP which is passed onto your childs next school, the ILP is yours to keep when your child leaves the Woodlands.


Around the term after your child's fourth birthday they will be offered a place in our Bluebirds programme where children will come to a classroom hired in Clifton All Saints Academy. Here we provide extended learning games and activities such as rhyming, phonics and maths. Although we undertake more group activities children are still able to learn through free play activities with a variety of toys and resources different from preschool. Children also have a book bag which is used to take home reading books and home tasks. Our 'show and tell' time encourages children to bring in items that relate to letters and numbers children are learning each week.

Bluebirds is a brilliant way of preparing children for the transition to school. Children become use to the school environment and begin to engage in learning that will continue into reception class including stage 1 and 2 phonics.