Cottontails Quiz Night Success!

On Saturday 20th May 2017, Abbeyfield Girton Green opened its doors to host and welcome the community in for the Cottontails charity quiz night. Nestled in the heart of our village community, this event was not just about fundraising. It was an opportunity to bring all sections of the village community together to support Girton’s village pre-school at a time when pre-schools up and down the country are struggling to navigate a precarious funding landscape; with many fighting for their very survival. Here in Girton, there has been provision for pre-school aged children for nearly 44 years. Starting life as a village play-group, Cottontails is now an established and successful provider of early years education, ensuring Girton’s children are school-ready for their next big step. Community events like this are hugely important.


Cottontails hasn’t held a quiz night for quite a few years. Naturally, we were all a little nervous about pulling it off. We needn’t have worried! The event was a huge success, surpassing all expectations, raising a little over £713! More than sixty people attended, including teachers, staff and Governors from our transition partners Girton Glebe Primary School, past and present parents of Cottontails’ children, friends and relatives, Girton WI, and residents of Girton Green. Thanks to everyone who came and supported the event.


We offer our thanks to the following local businesses for contributing an array of special prizes towards our raffle draw; Mr. Antonio De Luca of Blue Moon Barbers in Chesterton, Mr. Pasquale Benedetto owner of The Plough Coton, Autumn Valente of My Straw Garden, The Hotel Felix in Cambridge, and Paul Smith, Store Manager of the Girton Co-op. An extra thank you to Paul for providing a surprise range of treats for our contestants.

Thank you also to the Abbeyfield Society Girton Green. The waiving of their hire fee meant our fundraising efforts received a boost before a single question was asked! Girton Green’s office staff also helped by putting forward a team, supporting our efforts to sell tickets by making them available through their office, and ensuring guests were comfortable and looked after on the night. For this, we are very grateful.

Quiz contestants buffing the grey matter!
Quiz contestants hard at work buffing the grey matter!

All the funds raised from this event will directly benefit the young children attending our village pre-school. If you weren’t able to come along on the night, and would still like to contribute by way of a small donation, please use BT Mydonate. Mydonate is a commission free donation service run by BT for UK registered charities.

Cottontails Quiz Night!

The Cottontails Quiz Night is all set for Saturday 20th May. Thank you to our village friends, Abbeyfield Girton Green, for hosting our biggest fundraiser yet! 

Join The Cottontails Committee

A voluntary committee of parents manages Cottontails Pre-school. Without its committee, the pre-school would not be able to operate. We are seeking several new members to join the committee. In particular we will be seeking a new chair person as longstanding chair, Helen McLachlan will be standing down after being on the committee for the last 5 years.  We will also be seeking to appoint a new secretary and recruitment officer at our next AGM. Now would be a great time to join the committee to gain an understanding of the roles and how the pre-school works.

To be a committee member is not a demanding job, even as an officer. All that is needed is your enthusiasm and a little of your time. Almost all of the routine day to day administration of the pre-school school is carried out by the manager, Emma Pell and her deputy, Laura Norman. The committee’s function is one of management, overseeing the smooth running of the pre-school, according to its policies, constitution and registration. At their twice-termly meetings, which are held in the evening, the committee discusses fundraising activities, fees, admissions, financial matters, new policies etc.

The current committee and pre-school staff are dedicated to ensuring that Girton’s pre-schoolers are all school-ready. Please consider joining the committee and becoming a little more involved in the life of your village pre-school. To find out more please email or speak to a current committee member.

Family Fun At The Cottontails Easter Messy Play

Cottontails Easter Messy Play at the Cotton Hall, Tuesday 4th April, 10am-12pm. Fun for all the family. Tickets £5 per family on the door. Fundraising kindly supported by Girton Town Charity.

* Vacancy for Key Worker at Cottontails *

Cottontails Pre-school & Forest School is looking to expand its team and has a vacancy for an experienced early years practitioner. We’re looking to fill a Key Worker position to start as soon as possible. Cottontails is a friendly, vibrant village pre-school in Girton, Cambridge with a lovely staff team offering term-time only care for children from 2 years to pre-school age. Rated ‘good’ by Ofsted in January 2015, we are forest school accredited and run regular outdoor sessions.

If you are enthusiastic, dedicated and caring, with a good working knowledge of the Early Years Foundation Stage, we would love to hear from you. Previous experience of being a key person would be an advantage and a full and relevant qualification in childcare to a minimum of level 2 is preferred. The contracts are fixed term until mid-July 2017 in the first instance. Job shares will be considered.

If you would like further details on the role, or would like to come and visit us, please visit our website, or phone/email our manager, Emma, on 07935 224607 or

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and we expect all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Reference checks and enhanced DBS clearance will be required. Cottontails is a registered charity (Charity Commission number 292130).

Job Application Form Job Application Form

* Advanced Apprenticeship Opportunity at Cottontails *

We are looking for an apprentice to join our hard-working and dedicated team.   At Cottontails you will work as part of the pre-school team under the direction of the manager to provide safe, high quality education and care for young children. You will ensure that a stimulating and enjoyable environment is maintained and after training will work as a key worker to a small group of children. You must be friendly, caring and have a flexible approach to your work and be able to work on your own initiative and as part of our team.

Cottontails is a friendly, vibrant village pre-school offering term-time only care. Rated good by Ofsted, we are a forest school with regular outdoor sessions. Are you caring, passionate, hard-working and enthusiastic? Then we would love to hear from you.

Closing date: 15 Jan 2017

Apply Here:


Cottontails Christmas Disco!


The Cottontails Christmas Disco is on 9th December at the Cotton Hall. Refreshments, games, and face painting…. and don’t forget the awesome Christmas disco music! It’s going to be a wonderful afternoon. We hope you can all make it. Tickets available from Cottontails or email Georgie Dobbyne,

Chocolate Tombola Donations and Helpers Needed

Chocolate Tombola Donations and Helpers URGENTLY NEEDED for the Girton Glebe Christmas Fair

November 26th 2016 2pm to 4 pm


To help us make this fundraising event a success we need your help. Please bring donations of chocolate bars, biscuits, coins, fun size packs and boxes of chocolates etc. and put them in the box in the front room at Cottontails.

On the day we also need helpers on the stall, there is a sign up sheet for this on the door in the front room.

Finally, please come along and support us at the fair: other attractions include Santa’s Gotto, children´s games and crafts, refreshments and home-made cakes, plus arts and crafts stalls and much more.

Cottontails is a registered charity and relies on fundraising to purchase many of the toys and materials the children use every day. Thank you for your support.