About Oak Cottage

Oak Cottage was established in 1963. It is a charitable organisation managed by a voluntary board of trustees in conjunction with our very experienced senior team.

The trustees are responsible for ensuring the long term sustainability of the nursery. They work closely with Oak Cottage Manager Gemma Bonwick (Bachelor of Arts Degree- Professional studies in Learning and Development- Brighton University) and Deputy Manager Mairi Law (Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education- Brighton University).

'I have been manager at Oak Cottage for 4 years (here for 18!) and love every moment of it (yes even the tough days) It's a privilege to work with such an amazing team who all work together to create a nurturing and caring environment for the babies and children in our care. We are lucky to be based in a community like Woodingdean – the support parents have shown to our nursery is fantastic and we are now working with the children of children that came to the nursery when they were young'

Gemma Bonwick Nursery Manager (Bachelor of Arts degree in Learning and development - Brighton University)

'I am very Proud to be the Chair of Trustees for Oak Cottage Nursery. The team are committed to continual professional development and provide a high quality learning environment for babies and children.'

Alison Featherbe Chair of Trustees – BA(Hons) Professional Studies in Learning and Development – Brighton University Early Years Teacher Status


At Oak Cottage we are incredibly proud of achieving three consecutive Outstanding Ofsted grades (2007,2009 & 2015) reflecting our commitment, dedication and passion for continuous improvement. See more about The Early Years Foundation Framework

To see the 2014/2015 Ofsted report visit 2014/15 Ofsted report

Oak cottage is supported by a parent committee who meet to organise fundraising events to help provide the nursery with additional resources. All parents are invited to join the parent committee.

''My little one loves his nursery and staff are amazing too''