Playdays Nursery (South Woodford)

Small homely setting providing a fun, stimulating and safe environemnt for children from 3 months to 5 years. We are open from 7.30am to 6.00pm. We also offer unique Tiny Talk UK signing classes and Theatre Bug Classes.

Who to contact

Contact Name
020 8530 8688 020 8530 8688
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Where to go

Chigwell Road
South Woodford
E18 1NN
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Time / Date Details

When is it on
Monday to Friday - 7.30am to 6.00pm
Time of day

Inclusion Information

Has Special Needs provision

Childcare Information

Funded Places

Has 3 & 4 year old funding
Has 2 year old funding

Opening Times & Facilities

Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Friday 07:30:00 18:00:00
Monday 07:30:00 18:00:00
Thursday 07:30:00 18:00:00
Tuesday 07:30:00 18:00:00
Wednesday 07:30:00 18:00:00
Outdoor garden
Hot meals provided
Visits and outings
Parking available for pick up or drop off
Free Early Learning - 3 & 4 years
Free Early Learning - Extended entitlement
Caters for all dietary needs
Free Early Learning - 2 years
Caters for all cultural needs

School Pickups

Does not offer school pickups

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest Ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
19/02/2009Inspection (Early Years Register)Satisfactory
03/09/2013Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
25/07/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Local Offer


Age range
Early Years (0-4 years)
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Education Offer


At Playdays South Woodford we have an inclusive approach. We offer all children a range of activities and experiences. We differentiate to ensure that all children in our care have the same opportunities to learn.

We are registered to provide childcare for a maximum of 30 children per day. We have 3 play rooms, children’s toilets, and an outdoor area for the children to use. We are registered to care for children age between 3 months and 5 years old.

Identifying children's needs

When a child starts at Playdays we spend time with the child’s parents gathering information about the child and family. We document this on an All About Me booklet.  

During the child’s first few weeks at Playdays we complete a Settling Record to monitor how the child is settling at nursery, and plot within the EYFS the child’s starting points. We share both these documents with the child’s parents. When the child is fully settled, after 20 sessions at nursery we complete a Summative report. This enables us to monitor the child’s progress and celebrate achievements. We share these summative reports with the child’s parents, and together plan their next steps. 

We invite parents in to nursery to discuss their child’s progress at Parents Evening twice per year. We termly email out all children’s summative reports and a PDF file of their observations. We are able to identify if a child needs differentiation or additional support by monitoring progress using the above techniques. We keep parents informed using the above techniques, verbal and written, We also communicate with parents via email, parent voice slips, and one to one meetings.

Dedicated contacts

If a parent or carer has a concern about their child’s development or progress then they should in the first instance speak to their child’s key person who will then inform the SENCo Lucy Hood.

Involving children and their families
  • Regular contact between parents/carers and the setting
  • Planning and review meetings
  • Advice on how to support learning at home
  • Parents are invited to attend planning and review meetings for their child.
  • We share learning techniques with parents that they can try at home to aid learning.
Range of support available
  • Partnership working with other professionals
  • EYFS Curriculum  planning differentiation
  • Support for health needs
  • Support for behaviour
Measuring children's progress

We monitor children’s progress through observing and assessing their development. We monitor, and inform parents termly of their child s development by sharing their child’s summative report with them. We will use IEP`s  to break next steps down, to make them more manageable if necessary.

Support and training for school staff

We support staff by holding termly supervisions. During these supervisions we discuss with staff members which training they think would be beneficial to them, to further their knowledge.

  • Behaviour management training 1
  • Wow through Sensory play 1
Accessibility of the school

Our setting has steps at the front entrance. We do not currently have hearing loop. If a child registered with us, who has additional needs we would do our upmost to enable the child to attend our setting.


We plan activities and opportunities for the children based on their interests, and next steps. We differentiate all activities and experiences to ensure that our practice is inclusive. We liase with the child/rens family to gather information about the child.

Transition arrangements

When a child makes a transition to school or to a new setting we support them.  With parental permission we complete a Transfer Record for the child’s new childcare provider to share information about the child’s likes/dislikes, preferred name and child’s voice.

We ensure that any additional information such as an IEP is shared with the new provider.  When any child starts school we invite the child’s new teacher into nursery, to meet and see the child in their current environment.

Support and training for parents and carers
  • Parent consultation
  • Links with children centres
  • SENCo
  • Parent workshops


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