Woodentots Nursery at HMS Collingwood, Portsmouth, is a vital asset within the base and is used by 90 babies and pre-school children from over 50 Service families. The nursery received a donation of £23,000 in 2016 for the purchase of outdoor play equipment.
HMS Collingwood is the largest military training establishment in Europe and Woodentots Nursery offers care for the children of families from all three Services. A significant number of children have mothers who are deployed. Its unique offer is its deep understanding of the needs of Armed Services personnel which is paramount for retention and wellbeing.
The nursery was limited to receiving an Ofsted grade of 'Good' as opposed to 'Outstanding' due to the poor external learning opportunities. The successful bid allows the nursery to address this shortfall, giving the children every opportunity to develop their full potential.