Explore Woodlands

About the Nursery

Woodlands Day Nursery has been owned and managed by Funcare since 2000. Conveniently located on the Wetherby Road, on the corner of Wedderburn Road we have a homely atmosphere and varied and challenging outdoor play areas. We also pride ourselves on our warm and happy nursery, which is staffed by the nicest people who love children and are highly motivated and qualified. We have previously been awarded a North Yorkshire County Council GOLD award for quality (twice!!), and ‘Outstanding Practice’ awards from OFSTED for keeping children safe, being healthy and involving parents as partners.

Most recently we have been awarded the MUMBLER 2015 award for Harrogate’s favourite day nursery, and the MUMBLER 2016 award for Harrogate’s favourite pre-school.  Please have a look at our testimonials to see what our parents said about us when voting!

Read what OFSTED had to say about us in our most recent inspection – Read inspection report


Babies: Stability, Cuddles and Warmth (3-18 months)

In our warm and friendly ground floor baby rooms we offer our youngest children a cosy, happy and also stimulating environment. Their time with us is spent exploring and investigating their world, whilst socialising and interacting with other children and adults. We offer a wide variety of interesting activities and toys, which are regularly rotated to keep babies stimulated and learning through exploration. We cater for all their needs, following their own routines and providing a home from home at nursery. Our baby sleep room provides a peaceful sleeping place for all baby room children who need a quiet area for sleep during the day.

We endeavour to work closely with you to ensure that we follow your baby’s own routine with regard to sleep patterns, feeding times, comforters and any special requirements. Each baby has a daily diary sheet with a description of their routine for that day which you are free to take home with you.

Tweenies: Action, exploring and building relationships (18 months to approx. 3 years)

Tweenies: Action, exploring and building relationships (18 months to approx.3 years) The tweenies rooms on the first floor offer a new and exciting world to the children, where they have more opportunities to develop and explore using their senses. The rooms provide a safe and friendly base from where the children can engage in new experiences such as baking, role play, creative activities and music & movement. In this age group they learn to be increasingly independent, socialising and interacting with others and gaining confidence. The children can select and choose play, in rooms organised to offer choice with areas for different activities. More independence is gradually encouraged and the tweenies staff team will work closely alongside you and your child when you feel they are ready to start toilet training.

Pre-School Annexe: Early Learning & independence through play and fun (approx. 3 years to school age)

Pre-School: Early Learning & independence through play and fun (approx. 3 years to school age)
Our annexe caters for our eldest children, where activities are often topic based and are planned to follow the development needs and interests of the children. The Annexe has a messy area, a mark-making area, a quiet corner, a role play area, a mathematical area, and a construction & small world area. The children move through these areas during the day, where they are invited to participate in various fun activities, including music and singing, dancing, story time, sand and water play, imaginary and imitative play. Pre-school children are helped to develop towards the Early Learning Goals, and are introduced to early numeracy and literacy skills, at all times focussing on learning through play. All annexe children have access to a computer, allowing them the opportunity to develop early IT skills. We operate a ‘free-flow’ system to the outdoors, allowing children to choose whether to play and learn outdoors or inside as often as weather permits. We encourage our children to develop self-confidence and independence by giving them responsibility for various tasks such as pouring their own drinks, putting on coats etc or preparing snacks.


All meals are freshly cooked on the premises by our nursery cook. We pride ourselves on ensuring all snacks and meals are well balanced and nutritious. We serve breakfast from 7.30am – 9.30am and then provide a hot two course main meal for lunch, a mid afternoon snack and a light tea.

When your baby is ready to start weaning, we will follow your lead and provide babies with the equivalent baby food, starting with pureed simple foods and building up to a full and varied diet.

We can cater for vegetarians and children with special dietary requirements but regretfully not for vegans. We are very skilled at dealing with allergies and intolerances, and can adapt our menus to suit your child’s individual needs.

Our menu changes weekly on a four week rotation, it is updated regularly and copies can be seen on each room’s notice board. Menus are planned with a strong emphasis on healthy eating and to ensure good eating habits are set from an early age. We aim to provide the majority of your child’s recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables.
Food and Drink

Sample Menu

  • Oaty Winter Vegetable Crumble
  • Fresh fruit flan with cream
  • Toasted crumpets
  • Fromage Frais

Drinks are provided throughout the day for all children. Babies are provided with formula milk, cows milk or water and older children are provided with milk at snack times and have free access to water all day long.


At Woodlands we are keen for our children to be able to play freely outside whenever possible, giving them the opportunity to be more physically active, and in touch with nature. To that end it is our policy to use our fabulous gardens as much and as often as we can, weather permitting.

The spacious and enclosed outdoor area includes:

The Baby & Tweenie Garden: The babies and tweenies use the lovely shady and green play area at the front of the house. This includes a ball pool, sand pit, baby swings, a small climbing frame and a little house. The garden offers plenty of space for varied play in a safe and secure environment away from the older children.

The baby and tweenie staff teams also ensure that our little ones get as much fresh air as possible by taking them out on short walks as often as possible.

Pre-school Play Area: this is designated to the preschool department to provide space needed for free flow activities from indoor to outdoor. It consists of a paved area for riding bikes and cars and for pushing prams, and a large natural wooded and woodchipped area which has various equipment that allows for self discovery, investigation and exploration, and construction. Our pre-school play area also provides the older children with the space and opportunity for more physical and challenging play, with large activities such as parachute games and ring games. When weather permits, we offer all indoor activities outdoors as well, as children are often happier and more ready to learn in an outdoor environment. In addition the children explore nature in more depth by growing their own fruit and vegetables.

Tweenies also often use the pre-school area for supervised play to offer them more challenging outdoor activities.

Meet the Manager


Kelly has a Foundation Degree in Early Years as well as a wealth of experience in childcare.
She has worked at Woodlands since 1999 providing a fantastic level of continuity of care for children and parents. This stability combined with a positive and pro-active approach creates a happy and homely atmosphere, and Kelly is very proud that Woodlands children leave ready for school as confident and happy independent learners. Kelly is a real people person and loves spending quality time with family and friends as well as travelling.


Please click on link for most up to date fees

Woodlands fee spreadsheet APR 2018

Fees are payable in advance, on the 1st of each month preferably by standing order. We are sorry we cannot give refunds for bank holidays, holidays or sickness, and we do ask you to let us know as soon as possible if your child will be absent. Failure to pay on time may result in your child’s place being WITHDRAWN.


Please note that you will be charged a late pick up fee if you arrive after 6pm, which is payable directly to the staff who have stayed after hours.

How to Enrol

What we ask of you:

  • To trust & respect us as professional child carers
  • To keep us informed of any changes to your contact details or your circumstances which may affect your child
  • To keep your child at home if they are poorly or infectious
  • To pay your fees on the first of each month on time and in full, in order to minimise any admin or cash flow difficulties.

We would be delighted if you decide to entrust us with your child. In order to reserve a place, please return an enrolment form to us, together with your £40 registration fee and a deposit of £150 which will be refunded when your child leaves the nursery providing that all terms and conditions have been met.

Please ensure the form has a requested start date and if your baby is not yet born, an expected date of delivery!

Woodlands enrolment form 2018

Extra Info & Downloads


Woodlands enrolment form 2018

Woodlands Prospectus 2015

Read what OFSTED had to say about us in our most recent inspection – Read inspection report

Tax Free Childcare Information (please click on link)


Childcare Vouchers

The government currently allows you to take a portion of your monthly wages from your employer in childcare vouchers in order to save you money when paying childcare fees. Up to £243 per month, per parent, can currently be deducted from your wages and paid by voucher directly to us. This deduction allows you to save basic rate tax and National Insurance on that portion of your wages and can therefore represent a very significant saving to you

We can accept payment from most voucher companies (Computershare Vouchers Ltd, Accor, You at Work, Care 4, Kiddivouchers, Fideliti, Faircare and many more), so please do ask your employer if they have a scheme and try to persuade them to set one up if not, as so much money can be saved for you.

Voucher hints and tips

If the company you are with does e-vouchers or direct payments we would be grateful if you could set this up as it saves a lot of admin time. Some companies allow you to set up a ‘standing order’ with others you must remember to release the money each month. We can of course accept paper vouchers if this is necessary but this does cause us extra work and a delay in payment. Please remember that all vouchers taken from your wage are not paid to us until the following month. This means you will need to settle your nursery bill by cheque or bank transfer for the first month otherwise you will be in arrears and it can get very complicated reconciling which voucher belongs to which month.

Vouchers need to be with us on the first of each month, as do any other balancing payments.

If you decided to leave the scheme or the nursery you will need to cancel them the month before your child leaves otherwise the money will still come out of your wages.

Any changes to the amount on the voucher will also take a month to come into effect, so please do remember this if your fees change for any reason.

Please make sure that you give us a reference of your child’s name, and not yours, so that we know who the voucher is from.

We cannot refund fees paid by voucher, as this would be fraudulent. It is therefore very important that you do not build up a large credit either with us or with your voucher company which you then cannot use.

15/30 hours per week funded for 3 & 4 year olds

As we are OFSTED registered and inspected and we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, we are able to claim for up to 15/30 hours per week funding from the government for your child. These funded hours are term time only and are available for children in the term AFTER they turn 3 years old. (ie Jan-March Birthdays, available after Easter holidays, April to August Birthdays, available from September, Sept-Dec Birthdays, available from January). As the government have placed a few restrictions on how the hours can be used for your child, if your child is eligible for these free hours, please contact us for further details as to how you can use them at our nurseries. Please ask for more details of funding for 2 year olds if you think you may be eligible.

Special Educational Needs

At Funcare we believe that each child has the right to reach their full potential and therefore each setting employs a Special educational needs and Disabilities coordinator who has knowledge and experience in care and assessment. They assess each child’s specific needs and adapt our facilities where appropriate. We ensure that all children are treated as equals, and encouraged to take part in every aspect of the nursery.

Through regular training and supervision, practitioners will support the holistic integration of all children and acknowledge the diversity of special educational needs,  religious practice, customs and festivals and to endeavour to include these in the curriculum wherever possible.

We provide quality care for all children encouraging overall language development and the learning of English as an additional language. We will work with parents and carers to provide a supportive environment, ensuring children are given time and space to express themselves to communicate English, and plan activities for the whole group which would help the child develop their spoken English.

We believe parents are the most important people in a child’s life and welcome their knowledge and involvement. By working in partnership with parents/carers we aim to meet the needs of individual children, at all times sharing information with parents/carers and encouraging them to participate in their child’s learning and development. We understand that the parents are the child’s primary educators and it is important to offer information and share their expertise, to continue learning experiences within the home/nursery environment.

Testimonials for Nursery

  • "They are the best!!! Such an wonderful nursery filled with amazing staff who’s number one priority is helping the children to grow and develop while having having fun! They make everyone feel so welcome and feel at home and comfortable. The staff are very approachable and easy to talk to and show how much they love what they are doing with their..."

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  • "Hands down its a fab team! Both my children come home very happy after lots of fun play at nursery. They’ve introduced library bags that are full of toys and games related to the book in the bag – fantastic way to engage toddlers."

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  • "The nursery is homely and the staff there are amazing.  The support they have offered my family throughout the last few years has been incredible.  They have a very low turnover of staff leading to increased confidence for parents and continued stability for the children they care for.  They do an awesome job."

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  • "It is such a lovely and friendly nursery. All of the staff really care about the children and provide an outstanding environment which is stimulating and fun. They also try to make life as easy as possible for working parents which is a great help. The food is also excellent. Would highly recommend."

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  • "Woodlands’ staff team have been at the nursery for a very long time, and they provide the most happy, warm and settled environment for the children.  All children, parents and team members are all part of a big happy family!"

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  • "Woodlands is a lovely nursery the staff are all very friendly and it has such a warm atmosphere. I know my little boy is being well cared for and with it being a smaller nursery he gets that individual attention when needed. The staff always have time to fill you in on everything the children have been doing each day and what..."

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  • "I had 2 boys attend Woodlands Day Nursery from 6 months until school age. They loved every minute of their time there. So, when an unexpected arrival appeared recently I didn’t even stop to think about where our new baby would go once I returned to work! The staff at Woodlands have provided an environment where my boys have been able to..."

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  • "I couldn’t have chosen a better nursery to care for my two children as babies, to support and encourage them as toddlers and to get them ready and excited to go to school. The staff have always been absolutely brilliant – constantly creative in thinking up fun and interesting activities and willing to do things that I think other settings would consider..."

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  • "We have been using Woodlands Day Nursery for over 10 years. All 3 of our children have enjoyed the wide variety of activities, loved the food and most importantly have been happy attending each day. We were comfortable leaving them in such a secure and caring environment. We could drop our children in the morning, knowing that they were in safe hands..."

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Woodlands Opening Times

We are open Monday to Friday from 7.30am until 6pm all year except bank holidays.