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.

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.

Fundraising News!

We have exciting fund raising news.
You can now help raise donations for Cottontails Pre-School without you even leaving your sofa. And it doesn’t cost you a penny!
We have signed up to
The Giving Machine is a fundraising organisation designed to help charitable causes raise money online. They are also a  charity which means more of what is raised is passed on to us than any other for-profit scheme. By signing up and shopping online via The Giving Machine you will generate a free cash donation for Cottontails. With all your favourite retailers, including  Amazon, Ebay, M&S, NEXT, Tesco, Sainsbury, John Lewis and Ocado, you are bound to find what you need and generate a donation.
In order to start raising free donations please go to and follow these steps:
·       Click join as a giver. It will ask you to search for a cause. Type in Cottontails Pre-School in the search and then select from the list of results.
·       Click join and support and then enter your details.
You are now signed up.
Make sure you never miss a donation and download the Shop&Give application.
It takes just a few minutes to install on your web browser and means that every time you click onto a retailer that supports this scheme you will get a prompt asking you to donate.
With only 67 sleeps till Christmas, you could help raise a lot of money for your village pre-school! Do let your friends and family know they can help us this way too!
Thank you.

Support Cottontails by Shopping At The Co-op!

Thank you to Paul Smith and his lovely colleagues at the Girton Branch of the Co-op, Cottontails (and Friends of Girton Glebe) are both recipients of the Co-op’s new Local Community Fund which has already raised £357 each.  The Co-op give their members 1% of everything spent on selected Co-op branded products and services back to the chosen community causes.

Here’s how you can help. Please register and use your Co-op membership cards everytime you shop at the Girton Co-op to help raise funds for Cottontails. More information can be found in store or via the Co-op website.

The money raised from the Co-op Local Community Fund will provide a new outdoor climbing frame and play equipment helping our young Cottontailers to develop through physical activity, enhancing concentration, education and wellbeing.

So please remember to use your partnership card and register your chosen charity as Cottontails!


Can You Spare Some Time For Cottontails At The Girton Feast?

Cottontails Parents and Carers,

On Saturday 9th July Girton Cottontails will be joining forces with Bobtails to provide face painting at the Girton Feast. We are looking for some volunteers to help out with this as it is always a very popular stall and a great opportunity for us to raise some money. We have a selection of easy designs that can be copied so don’t worry if you are new to facepainting! Just half an hour of your time would be very much appreciated.

If you would like to help, please sign up by using the doodle poll here:

If you have any questions, please email me. Your help is much appreciated.