About Us

We are a nursery school for babies from 6 weeks up until going to school and an out of school club. We provide a before and after school club for children from Ropsley, Great Ponton and Ingoldsby Schools, as well as a Holiday Club for all children aged from 4 (after starting in reception in September) to 14. We also host school trips where visiting children can experience exciting hands on days on the farm or in the woods.​

  • pre-school chidlren sharing a book in the garden

Great Wood Farm Early Years Centre is an idyllic rural setting and benefits from having its own 'little farm’, a large outside play area and Forest School.

Great Wood Farm Early Years Centre is situated about half a mile outside Boothby Pagnell.  Boothby Pagnell is 5 miles south of Grantham.  It is easily accessible for many surrounding villages and the town of Grantham. It has the advantage of plenty of parking facilities, no traffic pollution or congestion.

Kathryn Spence, Charlotte Spence and Kate Robinson are Directors in this joint family business venture.  Kathryn is married to 'Farmer Brian' and Charlotte and Kate are their daughters. GWFEYC was set up in 2002 as a farm diversification project by Kathryn, Brian and Julie. (Julie is Kathryn's sister and has since retired).

The newly constructed nursery building opened in September 2017.   

toddlers exploring oilseed rape field

Latest News

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Our nursery curriculum

Our Philosophy

Our mission statement is 'Building foundations for life, through excellence in action.'

large scale painting at nursery

Planning, Observations and Assessments

We aim to provide a personalised and exciting approach to learning, consulting children and following their interests, through planning in the moment. 'Planning in the moment is nothing new. It is exactly what skillful practitioners have always done.' (Anna Ephgrave). We strongly believe in this way of working with children and how this approach provides the children with the best learning potential. Nationally there seems to be a change in the tide of early years, as more and more settings are embracing this approach.

key person relationship

Our Staff

Our aim is to provide children attending Great Wood Farm with the support of qualified, passionate and committed staff. We are proud to have such a highly qualified team, we have eight staff who are qualified teachers or Early Years Professionals/Teachers, and seven with degrees, creating a graduate led team across the nursery.

pre-school chidlren working in vegetable patch

Our Food

"An Apple a day keeps the doctor away"

babies reading in garden book den

Fees & EYE Entitlement


Awards & Accreditations

We continually strive to reflect on our provision and be outstanding in all areas.



Early Years Practitioner