What we offer and our history
WUFA: Established in 1987 and set up as a Charity to service Woodstock families and surrounds. At WUFA we offer Pre-School for children aged 2 – 4 years which is open from 8.45 am – 3.15 pm. We also understand the growing need for longer hours so we also offer a Breakfast Club and After School club facility for children aged 3 – 11 years. This means that you can drop your children with us from 7.30 am until 6 pm, our experienced team collect the children from School and escort them safely back to WUFA at the end of their day.
During your childrens time at WUFA what ever age our dedicated and experienced team work closely with all of our individual children and plan according to their age, interests and ability. Community plays a huge part of our WUFA week, we aim to take the children into our Community as often as possible to the Park, Residential Care Home, Fire/Police Station. During the week we also welcome Relax Kids, Musical Minis and we take all the children to play tennis on Thursdays. (Weather dependent)
WUFA has two lovely outdoor areas one is set up daily for all areas of learning and our second garden is where we look at planting, watering, growing and eating! Learning can be fun both inside and outside at WUFA!
In April 2017 WUFA had a full OFSTED inspection, we received a solid good overall with outstanding in Leadership and Management. Due to a name change only from “Woodstock Under Fives Association” to WUFA CIO in August 2017 our inspection report history is hard to find online, but it is available here. A hard copy can be found in our front hall and also under our documents on this website. This was a name change only due to a change in our Charity status, all other Terms remain the same.
To work in partnership with families and the community to provide a safe, stimulating and nurturing environment environment so all children can learn and develop through play
WUFA is run by a volunteer management committee made up of parents. When you enrol your child at our setting you automatically become a member of the WUFA CIO. This means we do have an expectation of support and we will ask for it on a regular basis. As a Charity we do not make profit, we with your support work hard to fund raise and all money raised goes straight back into your child’s setting. Please do let us know if you would like to join our dedicated committee or our fund raising sub committee.
We have a very strong team of experienced and qualified staff ranging from Level 2 up to Level 6 in Early Years. For full information on the Team please go to our “Meet the Team Page”
Fundraising, Other Events and News:
2018/19 Fundraising round up and future ideas!
Saturday 14th September 2019 – “Kidstock” This fantastic family event was a complete success, we were joined by over 200 hundred of Woodstock’s local community and raised a whopping £2,581.98 above and beyond fantastic. With thanks to all that were involved and watch this space for any future fundraising plans/news.
March 2019 – Blenheim Bursary Fund. WUFA was awarded 4.5K from the Blenheim Bursary, this was fantastic news and we are very grateful to all involved. This Bursary enabled the setting to purchase an agility wall for our outdoor area and an ICT touch table. Both have been a huge success and enhanced our children’s learning and experiences whilst at WUFA.
In 2018 WUFA achieved a huge amount thanks to this fantastic communities support. We raised over 6 thousand pounds and this money has enabled us to purchase new and exciting bespoke Mud Kitchens, Wooden shop front, new Bin Store, safer and new entrance gates and fantastic age appropriate equipment to enhance our indoor and outdoor areas.
That is not all, our overall objective this year was to purchase and fully install a community defibrillator. To enable this to happen we had to raise enough funds to have an entirely new front gate and a lot of wiring dug into our front garden. We did it, the AED is now installed and fully functioning. Please do continue to read and click on the link below to see how our training went. We are also very proud to announce that we had a small mention in the January Issue of “Under Fives” a Pre-School Learning Alliance publication and we will be featuring in a full page article in February 2019.
Monday 28th January 2019 @ 6 pm – FREE Community Defibrillator Training
This FREE training was a huge success and we hope to hold a further one later in the Summer. To find out more about this training and why we held it please click on the link below:
Wednesday 30th January 2019, 6 pm – 7.30 pm – Parent/Guardian evening
An excellent opportunity to talk to your child’s Key person about your child’s learning and development at WUFA. We allow approximately 10 minute slots, if you talk to your child’s Key person to arrange the time that suits you. ****UPDATE: This was a huge success with over 80% attendance, thank you all for coming!
Monday 29th October 2018 – The “Just Because Raffle”
“Just Because Raffle” – This community raffle was open to EVERYONE and thanks to all of our friends and business owners we were able to raise an outstanding 1.7 K. Please watch this space on how these funds will be spent.
Wednesday 28th November 2018 @ 7 pm – AGM
For those that were unable to attend the minutes can be found on our information page.
Saturday 5th May 2018 – Community Fun Day @ WUFA – Celebrating 30 years!
Thank you to all that were able to attend it was a huge success with our highest ever attendance at an event. The aim was to raise money for a new front gate, community AED and garden equipment to enhance the outdoor play area. We were joined by Trish Woodstock’s Mayor, Councillors, members of the public who helped set up WUFA 30 years ago and lots of happy children and parents!
This event was sponsored by Flowers Estate Agents and all photography kindly by Jay Flowers
Drew from First for Safety who kindly came and gave First Aid advice!
WUFA Deputy Manager:
Donna Pratley/Leve Simmonds
Current CIO Committee:
Mike Ferens (Chair)
Becca Perkins (Safeguard Lead)
Kirsten Gifford (Secretary)
Laura Vicary (Treasurer)
A Note from our current chair Mike,
I am a Woodstock resident who has two children enrolled at WUFA.
WUFA is great for us as a family – it’s a fantastic setting with a caring and friendly team, it also happens to be 2 minute’s walk from home and excellent value for money.
It sounds cheesy but I got involved with the Committee because I wanted to try to give a little something back to Woodstock generally. I’ve not done anything like this before but since having children the importance of contributing has been emphasized to me. I wasn’t sure what role I would get when I volunteered but Treasurer and floating chair suits me, I am no accountant but I am learning a lot quite quickly!