Nursery Principles

What Cottam Nursery School Can and Will Do for Your Child

Learning through play

Cottam Nursery School near Preston provides a unique, warm, nurturing environment where children thrive.   We offer a broad range of challenging and stimulating play activities that meet the needs of all children.

The Early Years Foundations Stage provides the statutory framework for young children’s learning and development. Using this framework, we support and develop each child to be the very best that they can be.

Cottam Nursery School aims to actively promote ‘British Values’ to ensure young people leave school prepared for life in modern Britain.

Your Peace of Mind

Dedicated Early Years teachers and professionals at Cottam child nursery school make sure that each child benefits from high quality teaching and interactions. The staff team are led by a highly qualified and experienced management team that ensure excellent standards.

“Staff have a good knowledge of child development and they know how to help children make good progress”  Ofsted 2015

Safe Environment

Your child’s well-being is at the heart of all that we do. Staff are committed to safeguarding your child and ensuring their physical, social and emotional needs are met.

The range of activities on offer both in and out of doors, ensures that children can choose activities, building confidence as they develop.

Personalised Attention

Parents know their children best, so we work closely with parents to offer a very personal approach to children’s learning and development. Children over 3 years are in groups of 8 with one member of staff and children who are 2 years olds are in groups of 4.  That ‘care ratio’ means the highest assurance of personalised attention found in any nursery.

We regularly update the on-line assessment programme celebrating children’s enjoyment and progress whilst in nursery and we invite parents to do the same so that, working together, we can offer the best care and education for your child.

Home from Home

It is important that we support children in any way we can to make the transition from home to nursery as easy as possible.

Staff work with parents to find out as much as possible about their likes, dislikes, routines etc. before your child attends.

We offer parents as many prior visits as they need so that they can be reassured that their little one is in good and safe hands.

Small and special

The nursery is situated in the old small village school and retains the nurturing ‘village community feel’. Although all children have personalised key worker, the additional benefit of a small nursery is that all the staff team get to know each child and their families well.

Over 29 years, the staff team have worked closely with families to offer the a safe and stimulating environment where children have fun whilst learning. We now have children whose parents attended over 20 years ago, so the family links continue!


Cottam Nursery’s strategy is that it’s the personal approach that really matters and has the most impact on your child’s development.  To us, ‘one size’ for care and education does not fit all children.

Preparing your child for Primary School

Care and time is taken to get to know each child and care for them in our unique way.

“All the teachers are very warm and welcoming.  They really get to know your child’s likes and dislikes.  Will always help if you are having a problem and give useful tips on how to solve them.”

You should know…

Parents who as children were at the nursery now have children here.  Some travel across Preston and even further to access our personalised nursery services for their children.

Your child gains from our problem solving teaching methods

We regard this as a great accolade and tribute to our committed and very experienced staff who always go ‘that extra mile’ to look after your child.

“I cannot recommend Cottam Nursery highly enough. It provides, in my opinion, outstanding care and education for little ones.”


Our strategy includes the belief that every child is an individual who will develop at their own rate and in different ways.

We help children reach their full potential

The strong community spirit we create is priceless and speaks for itself on how we look after young children.

“Cottam Nursery is a very nurturing and stimulating environment for my child.  The children are allowed freedom with clear boundaries which are explained in a positive manner. We love it!”

Get in touch now

You can email us using the ‘Contact us’ form or get in touch by telephone.

Please do call in and see us, you will be welcome at any time during our open hours!

But we do please ask that you avoid the lunchtime period between 11:30am and 1:00pm