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Cottage Nursery
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Welcome to The Cottage Nursery

The Cottage Nursery is a registered charity limited by guarantee providing high quality childcare in the Shrivenham and Watchfield area and runs under the leadership of Managers Clare Olden and Trudi Krzywiec and a Board of Trustees. The nursery is closely linked with the Defence Academy of the United Kingdom and offers places to families attending the college as well as to local residents of the surrounding area.

The History Behind ‘The Cottage’

cottageIn 1987, Beckett Crèche was started by two mothers with a small grant for toys and some leftover emulsion. It ran every morning with 3 adults and 15 children. The numbers grew steadily and in 1995 the crèche merged with Beckett School, which was then closing. It was renamed The Cottage Nursery and had 125 children, 4 full -time staff and 12 part-timers, located in Beckett Cottage on Park Avenue, Shrivenham within the grounds of the Defence College of Management and Technology.

Once the decision to build the Joint Services Command and Staff College at Shrivenham was taken it became clear that the physical limitations of the cottage site would leave many new families without childcare provision when the college opened in September 2000. Alexander Hall, Faringdon Road, Watchfield was identified as being a more suitable site and so the nursery re-located.

The nursery has come a long way since its humble beginnings and now has in the region of 25 full and part-time staff and is registered to take up to 150 children, which equates to about 80 children each day. But its belief in quality childcare and its flexible service has remained the same and so The Cottage Nursery kept the name even though it no longer operates from that quaint little cottage!

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Football sessions 2018

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The football sessions are once again in full swing for the Tigers, Panthers and Lions! We have enjoyed some winter sunshine as we practise our big kicks, little kicks and the stop position! The sessions also provide opportunities for enhancing our listening and turn taking skills! All the children taking part are having a great…

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Food from FareShare

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This term we have started a new initiative with FareShare. They are the UK’s largest charity who fight hunger and food waste. They redistribute good food that would otherwise go to waste, to charities and community groups. This is a fantastic charity that is not only helping us cut the cost of our shopping but…

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