Welcome to Woodside Centre

Woodside Centre

Woodside Nursery and Pre-school is a setting within the community of Tiverton. We offer childcare for children from 6 weeks until 5 years old.  

We offer 51 Ofsted-registered places and were assessed as 'Good' in February 2017 by Ofsted.

We have limited childcare places available now so please contact us to arrange a visit.

The setting offers a neutral and calm environment for the children to come and learn, play and explore within.

With a dedicated staff team, the setting thrives off parent partnership and working with the community.

Staff hold a wealth of knowledge, experience and qualifications between them and use their individual skills to provide high quality care and learning to each child that attends the setting.

We focus on each child as an individual and plan from their interests. The setting is designed around communication-friendly spaces. 

As well as a 0-2 baby room and a 2-5 play room, all children also have access to our Nurture Room which is designed for sensory exploration and small group times.

We are managed by the Early Years Alliance which has 50 years experience delivering childcare and practical, professional support to early years practitioners across the country.

"Staff use their thorough knowledge of each child to plan interesting activities that link closely to what children know and can do. Children make good progress from their starting points" - Ofsted, 2017 

Opening times

We are open from 8am - 6pm Monday to Friday, 51 weeks of the year, excluding bank holidays and three staff training days. We offer a wide range of sessions within our opening times to meet the different needs of families. 

We offer 

  • A room dedicated for our babies
  • Private spaces for 0-2's. 2-3's and 3-5's
  • Funded  childcare for qualifying two year olds and all three and four year olds, with options to add additional hours
  • A safe, friendly and fun place for you and your child
  • Learning through indoor and outdoor play activities
  • A well-qualified, kind and caring team
  • A dedicated person to give focused support to your child 
  • The 30 hour offer for eligible parents
  • Healthy snacks and meals are prepared and provide on site by our Nursery Chef.
  • Famly Software to support partnerships with parents and carers, sharing your child's experiences at Woodside Nursery and Pre-School 

Find out more

To arrange a visit, please contact Adelaide, Nursery Manager on 01884 243712 or email woodside@eyalliance.org.uk


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About us

Woodside Nursery and Pre-school offers childcare for children from six weeks old to five years old. Our vision is that the children learn through play in an environment that is a place to explore, where they feel comfortable to express their personality and unique learning style.

Our setting offers a bright neutral atmosphere in a large room split into areas to enable children to investigate in play such as music, yoga, home play area, construction, mark making and reading. We also enjoy taking the children out on trips to explore the environment around us. A favourite place of ours to go is a local care home to share a snack whilst making friends. Each term we ensure we celebrate different holidays, events and cultures. The most recent event was World Book Day, the children and staff dressed up throughout the week and engaged in a range of story focused activities. We offer cooked meals throughout the day alongside breakfast and snacks, the children help our chef wherever possible to prepare and cook the food.                




Home Learning and parent partnership is important to us, through our Famly app we have the opportunity to share learning idea's and inform parents what their children are up to regularly. In our reception area we have a home learning corner which provides learning packs to borrow and a lending book library, all updated regularly.


Our Baby Room: Franki the Baby Room Senior Nursery Worker and our Nursery Practitioners to transformed the room by creating small calm areas for the babies to play and explore in. We have created a black and white area, a sensory area and a cosy book corner. This creates a calming environment, the small area also means the babies get space to have one-to-one time with their key person. Franki and the team provide secure attachments with the children and professional relationships with parents. We ensure the babies get the opportunity to play outside, explore their senses, engage is messy activities and enjoy story and song time. 



The Toddler Room: Zoe our Deputy Manager runs the 2-3 years room and works alongside the rest of the team to provide a stimulating, fun learning environment for the children. They have the opportunity to explore the environment through creative and imaginative play. All children have opportunities throughout the day to work in small groups with their key person, to extend personal, social and emotional skills, enabling them to develop independence and a 'have a go' attitude. We have adopted the curiosity approach within the setting, meaning all children can approach activities with their own unique vision, passion and imagination.                         




Pre-School Room: Lucy - the Pre-School Senior Practitioner leads our pre-school room focuses on getting the children school ready. Within this area the children’s learning is extended through a range of resources and activities. We focus on letters and sounds, numeracy and independence. The ethos of learning through play is continued within the pre-school room and activities are targeted at children’s interests. The children get the chance to problem solve, work together, learn and explore. 





The garden

The children have access to the garden throughout the day and our daily routine incorporates indoor outdoor play, meaning the children can follow their choice and interests. Within our garden the children get the opportunity to explore their physical skills on the climbing equipment, be creative in the mud kitchen and become green-fingered in the planting and growing area. The children thrive off our outdoor learning sessions and most recently enjoyed acting out the 'Shark in the Park' story. Our children love to look after our bunny Sooty, feeding him regularly. We have recently planted all our seeds ready to watch our plants and vegetables grow throughout spring.



Find out more

To arrange a visit, please contact Adelaide, Early Years Manager on 01884 243712 or email woodside@eyalliance.org.uk



Our Team

Our well qualified, committed and experienced team works hard to create a caring and learning environment in the nursery. We know every child develops differently and at different times therefore every child has a 'Key Person' who focuses on them. This helps us to ensure every child feels involved, stimulated and happy in our care.

We follow rigorous staff recruitment and supervision procedures to ensure anyone joining our team undertakes relevant security checks including Disclosure and Barring Service disclosure, references and qualification checks. Parents are reassured knowing that child protection and safeguarding underpins every aspect of our practice.

Your child's 'key person'

Every child who joins the nursery receives support from an experienced member of the team. They are responsible for your child’s individual needs and known as the ‘key person’. The key person is your main point of contact however all nursery staff are happy to feedback on your child’s developmental progress on a daily basis or discuss any concerns with you. They will also keep records of your child’s progress and achievement, which are always available for you to see and contribute towards.

Your child’s key person will make time to find out from you about your child’s interests, likes, dislikes and special requirements. Please share any important or useful information when you register your child and throughout their time with us. This helps us to give your child the most appropriate care and learning to suit their developmental, emotional and physical needs. You can access and contribute your views to your child's progress and achievements in their records.

Meet the team


Adelaide - Early Years Manager 

I started by childcare career whilst on maternity leave with my first child and really wanted to spend more of my time with children. I began by doing some volunteering in a nursery, achieving my Level 2 and then decided I wanted to try junior school too. I spent a few years in junior school, followed by a role in a Preschool whilst doing my level 3. I then was promoted to Deputy Manager at the Preschool. I love working with children of all ages, but my real passion is in the early years where you see the children make the greatest developments. They are full of curiosity, imagination and fun. I'm particularly keen on the creative arty side and also the outdoor learning aspect with the children. I love the way they come up with ideas and watching them learn from each other. I cannot imagine working anywhere else.






Meet Frankie, Early Years Assistant Manager - 0-2's

I have been working in childcare locally for over 10 years. I have worked within the Woodside team for a number of years and recently been promoted as Senior Practitioner. 

I am Senior Practitioners working with the Under 2's in the baby room. I enjoy singing and I am always found singing songs with the children. My goal is to give the babies in our care the best early years experiences, I change the room environment to meet the needs of the babies we are caring for each day>  I work alongside parents and carers to understand their babies individual needs. I also use the  software Famly to keep parents and carers up to date with their babies time in the Nursery 

I am a proud mummy of two children. I love spending time exploring the beach with my family. 



Lucy, Early Years Lead 2-5's   

  My name is Lucy and I have been working in childcare for four years , I joined Woodside Nursery in April 2019 and work mainly with the 2-5's room. I am the Senior Practitioner and work with the team to ensure the children have lots of fun, are engaged in learning and make lots of friends.  When with the children I like to be outside exploring the environment.

 When I am not at work I enjoy spending time with my friends and family. I love to be outside with my four dogs and my favourite

 thing to do is go on camping holidays with my family.




   Jo, Early Years Lead 2-5's 

   I have been working at Woodside Nursery since March 2018. I work in the 2-5 room's and have a small group of key children. I am very creative and music is my passion. I enjoy leading group times where we can use the piano and sing songs altogether. 

Outside of nursery I enjoy participating in a theatre group and putting on local shows. I also play a range of musical instruments



Dani - Early Years Educator

I’m Dani, I am level 3 qualified in early years education, learning and development and I primarily work in the baby room at Woodside. I love working in childcare because I love being able to help and make a difference within children’s lives from an early age. I really enjoy being able to do lots of messy activities with the children and enjoy singing lots of songs! In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my family and friends taking trips out and about, as well as reading a good book.






Emily - Early Years Assistant/ Apprentice

 I’m Emily. I am currently working on my level 3 qualified in early years education, learning and development which I am soon to be finished. I love working with the team to ensure the children within the setting have the best start in lives. In my spare time I love spending time with my family and friends and especially going to the beach and out for walks.






Harry - Early Years Assistant 

My name is Harry and I have been at Woodside since April 2022. I have worked in various childcare facilities since 2016 and recently completed my BA (Hons) degree in Early Childhood. On an average day, you will find me reading stories and singing songs with the children. There is an amazing team at Woodside and I love working with them and the team really allow the children to thrive and achieve their full potential. In my spare time I perform with many theatre groups in the town and take to the stage regularly ( I often perform little shows for the children too)





Ali  - chef and flexible worker

Meet Ali, Our Chef and Flexible worker...

I have been a practitioner in childcare for over 14 years. I have a Level 3 diploma in pre-school practice.

I started working at Woodside in February 2017 as flexible support staff. In July I applied for and got the job as nursery chef, which I thoroughly enjoy.

As I am originally from South London, when I am not working my husband and I like exploring the west country, finding new and interesting places to take our family and friends when they come to visit.






Find out more

To arrange a visit, please contact Adelaide, Early Years  Manager on 01884 243712 or email woodside@eyalliance.org.uk


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Do you have childcare places available at the moment?

Yes we do! Simply contact us to discuss you and your child's needs.

Do you offer funded entitlement for three year olds?

Children are eligible for the funding in the term following their third birthday. The funding is available for up 15 hours per week.  You can choose how to access the funding now, either 11 hours per week for 51 weeks of the year or 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. We also except the 30 hours extended funding, this can be claimed term time only or stretched throughout the year.

Do you offer funded entitlement for two year olds?

If your child is two years old, your child may be eligible to attend the two year old funded childcare programme. You can chooses how to access the funding now, either 11 hours per week for 51 weeks of the year or 15 hours per week for 38 weeks of the year. 

What sessions do you offer?

We have a range of sessions; morning session from 8am-1pm, afternoon session 1pm-6pm and all day 8am-6pm.

There are also alternative sessions for children once they are eligible for funding. Please ask for more details.

Do you provide hot meals?

We have chef Ali on site who cooks a two-course lunch each day. We also prepare and make our own tea menu. Please ask to see a copy of our menu. 

Are you able to accommodate children with different dietary requirements?

We are able to adapt meals and menus to fit individual dietary requirements, please let us know on registration.

What qualifications do your staff have?

All our staff are qualified ranging from level 2 to 5. 

How many staff will be looking after my child? 

Depending on the age of your child, will depend on the child:staff ratio. There is always at least two members of staff in a room at one time and staff are effectively deployed according to the number of children. 

How quickly can my child start?

Once you have registered your child we will look at arranging settle sessions in preparation for your child's first session.

Find out more

To arrange a visit, please contact Dani, Nursery Manager on 01884 243712 or email woodside@eyalliance.org.uk




Contact Us

Adelaide, Nursery Manager 

The Woodside Centre,

Lea Road, 



EX16 6SD

T:  01884 243712

E: woodside@eyalliance.org.uk


Woodside Centre
Lea Road
EX16 6SD
United Kingdom
Tel: 01884 243712

She loves nursery and is learning so much. I love the updates and photos and feel really well communicated with. Woodside seems to have a great ethos from the top down. I often see the nursery manager getting stuck in and is obviously well involved with all of the children, the admin team are always polite and helpful and even after only a few weeks all of the team have got to know our daughter and helped make it a lovely environment.

''I am so glad I chose Woodside for my daughter. I was very nervous about leaving her with anyone as she had only ever been with me or her nana. The staff have been absolutely amazing, and she has settled in like it's a second home. She always comes home full of stories of her day and even teaches me new nursery rhymes. She adores all the staff, even tells people that her key worker is her best friend. She's only been there for two months, and already the confidence she has gained from Woodside is incredible.The nursery is set out so wonderfully, and they change up the different areas often to give the kids a huge range of experience with all sorts of different things also, the outdoor area is beautifully set out too, full of fun and educational activities.The staff are always helpful and informative, and the app is great and really lovely to be able to share your child's progress with family members.I couldn't recommend Woodside highly enough!''

''All the staff at The Woodside Centre are lovely, friendly and easy to talk to.They treat my child like family, and they love going there.I know they are in safe hands and are learning whilst playing. I cannot recommend it enough. Thank you!''

''Extremely pleased with my choice to send my little one here. We had just moved back to England so have had a couple of unsettled weeks/months. I was worried my little one was going to find it hard to settle in. With only a couple session, she gets so excited every morning when I say it’s time to see your key worker, as we walk through the doors she runs to put her stuff away and to the gate or to cuddle from her. It has made me feel so happy to know she has the best time and feels so comfortable. I always get a warm welcome by all the staff at every drop off and pick up, it’s so lovely. Would definitely recommend to everyone.''

''After sending my oldest here, I have recommended Woodside to friends and family who have also said how much they love it here. I have just started sending my youngest who enjoys it just as much as her sister. It's such a fab place. We have moved around the local area and I'm so pleased we are close to this setting again.''