Welcome to the Woodland Nursery

The Woodland Nursery is set within Alverton School grounds and has a safe, secure and unique woodland environment in which children are encouraged to play and explore. We believe that access to natural environments has a direct impact on children’s wellbeing and education, which is why our children have free flow access to the outdoor areas throughout our sessions. 

As well as our incredible natural woodland area, we also have a large vegetable patch which we encourage the children to help develop and maintain, a soft-tarmac “balls and bikes” area, a “Secret Garden” complete with a Crooked Cottage and access to the school’s large 2 acre playing field. We try to offer to best of both worlds with a well-resourced secure natural indoor environment, which includes a beautiful home corner, a cosy “Book Nook” and a sensory room for our 2-year-olds. 

We take children from 2-years-old until they start school and offer the free entitlement funding from the term after your child is three. We base our topics around the children’s interests and the EYFS curriculum. 

A typical day in nursery starts with a half hour settling in period in the classroom. Children are encouraged to find an activity and sign in with help from one of our nursery staff. All of our children then come to the carpet for our Welcome songs, which include signing our names in Makaton and counting how many children are in that day. After the Welcome songs, our youngest children go off with their key worker for their own learning time, whilst the older (pre-school) children stay on the carpet for their teacher-led topic time. Following carpet time, the front of the nursery is then opened, which allows children free flow access to the soft-tarmac area, Secret Garden and vegetable patch. Children’s play and learning is supported through qualified and experienced members of staff. We all come together at 10.30am for snack on the carpet, which includes fresh fruit and bread that we make with the children in the nursery every day. After snack time, children have the opportunity to go into the woods to play and explore. We are very well-resourced and have our own waterproof trousers and coats, which we encourage the children to put on themselves. 

On a Friday, we have a whole morning of Woodland Learning where the children have the opportunity to participate in outdoor activities including cooking and crafts. We aim to have a campfire every Friday (weather permitting) and are supported by Outdoor Learning Trained staff and parent volunteers.  

All of our sessions are planned and delivered by Mrs Hanley, a qualified Early Years teacher, and supported by two experienced nursery nurses, Rebecca McClure and Viv Roberts. Lucy Jenkin also supports our 2-year-olds one day a week. 

For more information or an informal tour of our nursery please contact Alverton School on 01736 364087 or secretary@alverton.cornwall.sch.uk  


Session Times and Costs

We run a sessional nursery with a 3 hour morning session and a 3 hour afternoon session, Monday - Friday. Costs are calculated at £5.20 per hour, which is £15.60 per 3 hour session. Children are able to book in for lunch at an additional cost of £3.90 per day, and will need to provide a pack lunch. 

Children are entitled to 15 hours of free government funding the term after their third birthday. If you are eligible for 30 hours funding or 2 Year old funding, please contact the school office to discuss your child’s funded hours secretary@alverton.cornwall.sch.uk or 01736 364087.

Morning session: 8.45am-11.45am 

Lunch:  11.45am-12.30pm 

Afternoon session: 12.30pm-3.30pm