IMG_3003Woodland Session – 2 May 2017

Toy Box Pre-School received a “Good” rating from Ofsted in October 2016

Our first ever inspection took place on 13 September 2016 and we were rated “Good” by the Ofsted inspector.   You can find a full copy of the report on the Ofsted website but we were particularly pleased with the key findings below…

“Children’s safety and welfare are fostered well. Staff carry out detailed risk assessments and regular checks. They keep the premises secure and are effectively deployed. Children develop an awareness of how to keep themselves safe. Gentle reminders from staff help them to understand how to use space and equipment in appropriate ways.

Children enjoy playing with a wide range of toys and materials and activities are based on their interests. Children have many opportunities to make choices about what they would like to do and are becoming confident, capable learners.

Staff are positive role models and help children to respect each other and cooperate during play. Behaviour is good and staff praise children’s achievements, helping to enhance their self-esteem.

Well qualified and experienced staff are skilled in supporting children who have special educational needs or disability. They are clear about when to contact external agencies to seek advice and support and work closely with them to carefully plan for children’s further progression.

There are highly effective partnerships with other professionals and early years providers in place. This means that children and their families are extremely well supported and staff have regular opportunities to share ideas and good practice.

Children are happy and settle quickly with their key person. They receive the individual care and attention that they need to feel secure. Children enjoy opportunities to make decisions and learn new skills within the familiar environment and daily routine. Staff help children to develop a good understanding of a healthy lifestyle. Children learn about good hygiene practices and are provided with a range of nutritious snacks. Independence skills are promoted effectively. For example, children enjoy participating in tidy-up routines. Children are active and enjoy fresh air and exercise daily. They enjoy outings, where they learn about the natural environment and their local community.”


We provide free places for 2 year olds on the Nottingham City Council Early Learning Programme and 3 and 4 year olds on the Early Years Entitlement (EYE). We also offer places to children whose parents wish to pay for them. Our hourly rate is £6.20. You may be able to get help paying for childcare. Please visit to find out if you are eligible.


Is my 2 year old eligible for a free place?

Eligible 2 year olds can access 15 hours a week of free quality early learning with us from the start of the school term after their second birthday.  We offers places for families who qualify for a free place under the Early Learning Programme.  You can find out from the Families Information Service if you are eligible for a place online at or by telephoning them on 0800 458 4114.  If you are eligible for a free place contact us so that we can talk to you about providing a place for your child.


30 hours free childcare for 3 and 4 year olds

Please go to to find out if you are eligible.
You will be given an eligibility code if you qualify. Please bring it together with your National Insurance number to Toy Box Pre-School to secure a place for your child.
You can split the entitlement over two providers, e. g. your child can attend a school nursery for 15 hours per week and Toy Box Pre-School for 15 hours per week. Our qualified staff would be available to collect/drop off your child from/at their school nursery after/before their session.

Opening times

Places are available for 38 weeks during school term time:
Monday – Friday from 8.30am – 3.30pm.  Core sessions: 8.45am – 11.45am and 12.30pm – 3.30pm


Key Dates in 2017-18

Autumn Term: Begins Friday 1st September and ends Friday 22nd December 2017

Half term will be Monday 23rd October to Friday 3rd November 2017.


Spring Term: Begins Tuesday 9th January and ends Thursday 29th March 2018

Half term will be Monday 19th February to Friday 23rd February 2018.


Summer Term: Begins Tuesday 17th April and ends Wednesday 25th July 2018

Half term will be Monday 28th May to Friday 1st June 2018


What happens when my child starts?

It is very important that your child is happy and enjoys their time with us.
We offer home visits prior to your child starting at Pre-School. This is an opportunity for your child to meet their key person in a familiar environment and for you to discuss the settling-in arrangements.

Each child who attends Toy Box Pre-School is assigned their key person. The key person ensures that:
• Your child enjoys his/her time at Toy Box.
• He/she builds close relationships with staff and children.
• He/she is given support in the areas where he/she may need it.
• Support is given to you as a parent.

Most children attending our setting make a smooth transition to the local schools and we prepare the children well for this big step.


How to contact us

Telephone – call us at the Toybox Pre-School on 0791 730 3837 or for general queries call Andy on 0115 975 3898

If calling during school holidays, please use the landline number.


Toy Box Pre-School
Snapewood Primary School Site
Aspen Road, Bulwell

Ofsted Registration: EY479637



Our qualified and experienced staff welcome your questions, thoughts and comments so your child gets the most from our sessions.

  • Renata Stephen (Manager)
  • Siobhan Lammiman (Deputy Manager)
  • Kylie Coulling (Pre-School Assistant)

You will be assured of a warm welcome from us all at Toy Box Pre-School.


Special Educational Needs

All settings like ours, who receive government funding, must adhere to a document called the “SEND Code of Practice (2014)”. The aim of the document is to ensure that all children’s needs are catered for. It is recognised that some children have special educational needs and/or disabilities and that some will need extra support in certain areas of development.

One of the requirements of the code is that all settings have a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to manage children who would benefit from additional support. At Toy Box Pre-School our SENCO is Siobhan Lammiman.