Our Cinderford setting is a purpose-built nursery for children aged 3 months to 8 years, and is based in Whimsey in Cinderford. We operate 51 weeks per year and are open from 7:00am until 6:00pm and our services also include breakfast, after school and holiday clubs

The nursery is divided into 4 main areas, Babies & Toddlers, Preschool, Soft Play and Kitchen & Dining. We also have a large safe and secure outdoor area where the children can let their imaginations run riot out in the fresh air. We take children from all parishes throughout the Forest of Dean and have some children from further afield. We work closely with a range of organisations including primary schools and other childcare provisions.

An Indoor Adventure

Our main room is fitted with an amazing set of soft play equipment, which children of all ages absolutely love. It features a huge variety of obstacles and challenges such as the climbing ramp, the suspended scramble net walkways and the swirly slide. This is such as benefit to the children's physical development as they learn risk taking and build the vital strengths that we all need, such as confidence and resilience.


Healthy Home-Cooked Food

We prepare a hot lunch every day in our kitchen using fresh ingredients, making sure that the children get healthy, highly nutritious meals. We believe that it is important that children's diets avoid too much salt, sugar and fat; so we make sure all our recipes are all really tasty without too much of those.  Our lunch menu is based on a three week cycle to make sure we offer a real variety. We provide a morning and afternoon snack for everyone and the children can help themselves at any time from the fruit bowl in each room that we always keep full.


Day Nursery

  • 3 months to 4 years (preschool age)
  • 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • 51 weeks per year

Holiday Club

  • Primary school age
  • 7:00am - 6:00pm
  • During Gloucestershire school holidays



Breakfast Club and After School Club

  • Primary school age
  • From 7:00am until drop off at school and then from pick up from school until 6:00pm
  • During Gloucestershire school term time

We can drop off and pick up from the following local schools:

  • Drybrook
  • Forest View
  • Littledean
  • Ruardean Woodside
  • Ruardean C of E
  • Steam Mills
  • St. Whites


We have a secure entry system with a camera and intercom and visitors enter by the main reception. Before entering visitors are asked their name and purpose of visit. On entry they are asked for ID and to sign the visitor book. Visitors are never left unsupervised and can only access areas of the setting where children are when accompanied by a member of staff. We have a strict no mobile phone policy and we ask that phones are either not brought into the setting at all or left in the box in reception.

Cinderford Brochure

More information about our Cinderford setting, the Happy Turtles approach and the different things we offer.

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