• "Staff have expert knowledge of the areas of learning and provide very rich variety of well planned activities."

  • "Staff place a strong emphasis on nurturing children's personal, social, emotional and physical development and their communication and language skills"

  • "There is an excellent balance of adult-led and child-initiated activities and staff are staff are skilled at giving just the right amount of help to promote the children's creativity"

  • "Children exude happiness and high levels of self-esteem and staff nurture individuality."

  • "Children are motivated and independent learners and are highly confident."

  • "Children demonstrate high levels of independence. They take turns and share equipment and are very polite and kind to each other. Staff are extremely effective at role modelling good behaviour and show high expectations of the children."

  • "Management ensures that all staff follow a path of professional development. This enabling them to continually improve their knowledge and experience, giving children the best possible chance of reaching their potential in learning and development."


Welcome to our nursery!

Oak Cottage Nursery is a nurturing centre of fun and care, in Woodingdean just outside Brighton, East Sussex. We believe in treating all our children as individuals, fostering confidence and happiness in each and every child.

Children can enjoy a place at Oak Cottage from between the ages of 12 months to five-years-old. Our friendly staff are highly motivated carers, with skills covering all stages of development for the pre-school child. The nursery is a vibrant and successful place to learn and play. We are rightly proud of our Outstanding Ofsted grade, awarded in our three most recent inspections, reflecting the quality of childcare provision we offer and our commitment to continuously improving.

Established in 1963, Oak Cottage Nursery has provided quality care for generations of local children. Today the nursery is a modern friendly place caring for a maximum of 52 children per session between the ages of 12 months and 5 years old. We provide outstanding pre-school education at one of the best value for money prices in Brighton.

If you have any questions about Oak Cottage Nursery please do not hesitate to contact us

For detailed information about life at the nursery, including our daily routine, opening times, fees, and policies and procedures please download our prospectus.

Our Vision

We aim to provide the community with a friendly, fun environment where children learn through exploration according to their individual needs in a welcoming and respectful environment. We are dedicated to supporting each and every family to give children the best start in life through parental involvement and inclusive practice. We aim to give children opportunities to learn through active and creative experiences indoors and out to develop their social skills and help them to flourish in all areas of their development.


Oak Cottage Nursery is registered with the Governments official standards body OFSTED. We are extremely proud of achieving three Outstanding Ofsted grades consecutively (2007,2009 & 2015), reflecting our commitment, dedication and passion for continuous improvement. For the full Ofsted report please go to www.ofsted.gov.uk.

Early Years Foundation Stage – shaping educational programmes

The Early Years Stage framework (EYFS) sets the standards for children’s learning, development and care. It is mandatory in all OFSTED registered provision from birth to the end of the academic year in which a child turns five. The framework aims to ensure all children make progress in their learning and development and are healthy and safe. The EYFS places emphasis on strong partnerships with parents and carers and celebrates children as individuals.

The EYFS framework is based on four Themes and Principles – a Unique Child + positive relationships + enabling environments = Learning and Development.

Included within these principles are characteristics of effective learning, focusing on how children learn and develop - playing and exploring, active learning and creating and thinking critically. These characteristics support children’s learning across all areas.

The EYFS recognises that all areas of learning and development are interconnected but places emphasis on three prime areas Personal, Social and Emotional development, Physical development and Communication and language. It is from these three areas that other skills and knowledge develop – Literacy, Maths, Understanding the world and Expressive arts and design. Experiences for children at Oak Cottage are based on observations and are thoughtfully planned taking into account their current needs and interests.

For more information on the EYFS and how this affects your child at Oak Cottage Nursery, please ask to see a copy of our EYFS pack or visit foundation years,org,uk .