Why should I send my child to Woodgrange?

At Woodgrange we are fully committed to ensuring the health, wellbeing and education of the children in our care. 

We follow a child centred, developmental approach based on the needs of the young children we serve. This means we allow our children the space to be children- freedom to play, time to play alongside well crafted direct teaching sessions.

Why play?

Play is important for young children because it …

Builds understanding of the world around them
Reflects their experiences and allows them to re-enact them (make sense of them)
Develops self control
Allows them to take risks and test boundaries- their own or adults’ 
Gives experience of wonder and joy
Gives access to fresh air and the natural environment 
Develops skills- physical, language, social, problem solving…


Free Play is essential for early learning because it:

Autonomy is essential -children must have the space and time to represent their ideas in their own wayTHIS IS CREATIVITY
Play is a great way for children to revisit skills and knowledge taught in school- actively experimenting with what they know and will therefore help a child make sense of this (learn it!) and will aid remembering.


How do we support play?

  • Help children make choices from a range of options, for example supporting them in selecting the resources they need for a particular purpose. 


  • Provide opportunities to move freely, indoors and outdoors. 


  • Help children to do challenging things for themselves, like using real tools. This involves guiding children in safe ways of using them. 


  • Help children to think for themselves, listening to and respecting their ideas. ‘That’s a good idea, shall we try it?’ ‘That’s interesting, what made you think that?’


  • Help children develop self-discipline through gradually understanding the consequences of their actions and the feelings of others. 


  • Model play, especially with new equipment- model the potential

“play should be recognised as children’s work”    Susan Isaacs (1885-1948)