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’
In 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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Lion’s Activity Bags
The Lion’s staff have been busy making activity bags ready for their children to take home during the week or weekend. They have created 7 bags for the 7 areas of learning which are as follows Personal Socail Emotional Development (PSED), Communication and Language (CL), Physical Development (PD), Literacy (L), Mathematics (M), Understanding of the…Read
Say hello to our new additions!
We are very excited to introduce you to our new chickens! They are enjoying spending time in their new chicken coop. Thank you to everyone who placed name suggestions in the box we decided on the following names: Ethel, Mary, Geraldine, and Phyllis.Read
Look for Books Oxfordshire.
Today the children took the opportunity to go for a walk in the local area, we took some books with us to hide along the way. There is a local Facebook group called Look for Books Oxfordshire, where people are hiding books in different areas in the hopes that it will be an initiative to…Read
Building the three little pigs houses
Today the children had a discussion at lunchtime about the three little pigs and the houses they built so it was decided after lunch that they would try and build them! They all went out to the grassed area and collected as many sticks as they could before beginning to build. They started off by…Read
Armistice Day 2019
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…
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…