• "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."


Our Staff

We are extremely proud of our dedicated, hardworking and experienced team. Oak Cottage Nursery is a graduate led setting. Nursery 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) are extremely committed and passionate about their role in creating positive early years experiences for each and every child and family.They are supported by a business administrator, two supervisors and a SENDCO on each floor. The senior staff currently lead a team of 15, most of whom have a relevant childcare qualification. All staff are encouraged to undertake continuous professional development including First Aid, Safeguarding and Behaviour Management.

The Board of Trustees & Oak Cottage Fundraising Committee

As a charity organisation Oak Cottage nursery is managed by a voluntary board of trustees. The members are responsible for the sustainability and long term viability of the nursery. The parent committee are a separate fundraising group which all parents are invited to join. Meetings are monthly and are focused on organising fundraising events. For more information please speak to the office.


Settling in at oak cottage - Opening times and prices - Exclusion Period for illness - Admissions - Early years grant - 2 year old funding