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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.

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Armistice Day 2019

Post by Site Administrator in Lions Room, Panthers Room

Today Panthers and Lions took a walk to the local church to put our Poppy Wreaths down with the memorial as a sign of our respect. The lions then did a two minute silence, which they were all superb at. Here is a video to help your children to understand what remembrance day is. Lest…

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Autumn fun!

Post by Site Administrator in Lions Room, Panthers Room

This week the children in Panthers and Lions have been having lots of autumn fun. We have been exploring the leaves that have fallen from the trees by jumping in them and throwing them up in the air. The children used a broom to sweep them into a huge pile for them to play with…

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