Opened Wednesday 11th October 2017

Initially opening on Wednesdays and Thursdays, then expanding days as we get busier. We can now offer free funded places for 2,3 and 4 year old children. Please put what days you require on your registration form.

Our Ofsted registration number for our Nest in the Woods Adlington: Outdoor Pre-School is EY551673

If you want to register for a place, please click here.



oftsed_outstanding_logoOur Outdoor Pre-School in Grappenhall has been rated Outstanding by Ofsted. We aim for the same to happen with our Adlington setting. Ofsted will be due to visit within 30 months of us opening. Our Grappenhall setting was inspected after 12 months.

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Nest in the Woods Adlington: Outdoor Pre-School

We are offering places for two, three and four year old children. We will be offering Free Early Education Funding Entitlement of up to 30 hours.

We are based in a beautiful private woodland on the edge of the Peak District, between Adlington and Pott Shrigley. Our site has space for parking when dropping off and picking up, has a wealth of natural resources for the children to use and learn from and is only a short drive from Macclesfield, Wilmslow and Stockport.

Our philosophy is based on the Forest School approach, which puts the child at the centre.  Children will develop their independence and resilience, communication skills, their imagination and thinking, teamwork, and of course have loads of fun in the process.

The outdoors is the absolute best place for children to be.  They are natural explorers and little scientists finding out about the world for themselves with the support of experienced and caring adults.  Children will connect with and understand nature, themselves and each other in a deep and meaningful way because the outdoors is such a rich and stimulating environment.  They will experience the changes of the seasons and learn about nature first hand, as well as how to look after themselves and each other.

When the children arrive they will come to one of our permanent day camps to settle and take part in activities and a morning snack, then when we are all ready we set off on a different adventure each day.  We walk to a variety of locations within our private woodland, looking at nature and discussing any hazards on the way. We take part in a huge variety of different activities such as playing games, building dens, studying and caring for the environment, craft with natural materials and lots of time for free play and exploration.  Our passionate, experienced and qualified staff will work with and observe each individual child and track their learning and development within the Early Years Foundation Stage framework.  We will have lunch together then return back to play, or start a new activity or have some quiet relaxing time. Later we will have another snack and share our daily experiences, reflect on the day and collectively plan for future adventures.  If its a wet day we may spend some time inside our tipi (We are currently fundraising to purchase a 24ft diameter tipi.) take off outer layers to check we are still dry and comfortable and maybe change into spare clothes. If its a dry day we may remain in the woods and walk back ready to greet you for collection.

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We also provide a holiday club – Den in the Woods, this operates most holidays and caters for children aged 5-12 years. If a preschool child aged over 3 is settled in Nest in the Woods they are able attend the holiday club.

Please email or call Sally on 07954160118 to arrange a visit.

Additional Information

Opening Hours:

9:15 am – 3:15pm term-time only

(We also run a school holiday club so care may still be available most school holidays for settled children over the age of 3 years.)

Earlier pick-ups can be made by arrangement but you may need to be patient as we make our way down from the woods.


for 2 – 5 year olds

We will assess potential 2 year olds to ensure that they are ready and able to cope with being at Nest in the Woods.


15 initially


£30 per day

We welcome children to attend for 1 day per week but would recommend 2 days to get the full benefit of our approach.


We will operate with a higher staff to child ratio than most other childcare settings in keeping with the Forest School approach.  We will always operate on a minimum ratio of 1:3 for two year olds and 1:6 for three and above.  (The statutory ratios for childcare settings are 1:4 (under 3’s) and 1:8 (over 3’s).)

Our Adlington Base

Our dedicated woodland in Adlington (formerly Wacky Woods) hosts our party venue, Adlington home educated group, Tuesday toddlers stay and play and a host of exciting weekend events.

Postcode: SK10 4JX (Carry on up the hill on Brookledge Lane, over a couple of bridges towards Pott Shrigley until you get to the junction with Springbank Lane. We are opposite the junction.)

How will my child’s progress be monitored?

We will monitor your child’s progress in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (2014).  4Children have produced a very useful guide to children’s learning and development in the EYFS called “What to expect, when?”

We use Tapestry, an online app with which we can record observations and monitor and review the progress of the children. You can download a mobile version (Android link, iPhone link) of Tapestry to keep up to date in real time on your child’s progress. You can also use the web version by following the Tapestry link under the Pre-Schools menu at the top of the page or clicking here.

Our Day

Each day is a new adventure for the children at our Nest in the Woods.


We open at 9:15 in the morning for the children to be dropped off with our experienced, trained and qualified staff who take the children to prepare for their adventure.  We will have welcome activities ready for the children to engage in, take the register and then everybody will help to get ready for our adventure in the woods. The children make sure they are geared up for the weather, put their packed lunches into their backpacks and help the adults to load everything ready to go.

Off we go...

Each day we explore a different part of our dedicated woodland. We have some permanent day camps in our woodland with everything we need for the day, including composting toilets, items for play, washing and shelter.  The great thing about our site is that it is in a beautiful part of the countryside and is for our exclusive use.  We want all children to experience a variety of natural places and we have a number of different habitats to explore and care for.


Have fun...

We use the Forest School approach to learning which is centred around the individual child and the cycle of planning, learning, observation, and review.  Within this the child is integral to, and in charge of, what they want to learn.  We follow their interests and build on their knowledge, understanding and abilities using fun activities and their natural inquisitiveness and desire to play.

Pack away and return...

A key part of the children's learning will be to respect and appreciate the natural world.  We will make sure we have tidied everything away and the woodland is as natural as possible before the end of the day.


Settle and reinforce learning...

Back at our day camp or tipi we engage in review activities so that the children consolidate the learning that they have achieved.  We build up to have a communal time around the camp fire and plan what we want to do in future days. (We are not doing fires to start of with, once we know the children and can access the risk appropriately this will become part of of daily practice.)


Pick-up will be at 3:15 in the afternoon.  Expect tired and dirty children who have had a wonderful wild time.