Spring & Summer Term Dates

Spring Term

First day of term – 8th January

Feb Half term – 12th – 16th February

Last day of term – 29th March

Summer Term

First day of term – 17th April

Closed Bank Holiday 7th May

Feb Half term – 28th May – 1st June

Last day of term – 19th July

Updated Policies & Procedures October 2017

We have updated and uploaded Cottontails’ Policies & Procedures document. The latest version is labelled Cottontails Policies & Procedures October 2017. You can download it here.

This document contains the policies and procedures that we have in place at Cottontails Pre-school. These ensure that the childcare that we provide meets the regulations set out by the Statutory Framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) and Ofsted registration, and that the childcare is of high quality.

All staff, volunteers and parents are obliged to follow the policies and procedures for Cottontails Pre-school. Many of the policies have been set out by the Pre-school Learning Alliance, of which Cottontails Pre-school is a member. Our policies and procedures are reviewed at least annually, and we welcome input into them from staff and parents.

New Cottontails Brochure September 2017

A warm welcome to all our new families. Good to see all our new and existing Cottontailers settling in to life at the pre-school. We’re all looking forward to what is going to be a busy first term with lot’s of exciting learning, play and fun at Cottontails and Forest School.

A few notices for your attention. We have updated our Parent & Child Information Brochure which you can download now for future reference. And we have also uploaded a revised term dates document which you can also download now.


Abbeyfield Girton Green Garden Party

Our village friends Abbeyfield Girton Green are holding a garden party offering fine cream teas on Saturday 17th June in aid of local charity the Arthur Rank Hospice Charity. It looks set to be a lovely day! RSVP Girton Green has been extended to Wednesday 14th June.

Our village friends Abbeyfield Girton Green are holding a garden party offering fine cream teas on Saturday 17th June in aid of local charity the Arthur Rank Hospice.

Cottontails EGM Monday 12th June, 8pm, Cotton Hall

By now, Parents and Carers should have all received a letter informing them of an upcoming extra-ordinary general meeting at Cottontails. This meeting will take place on 12th June 2017 at 8pm at the Cotton Hall. The EGM has been called by the current committee to discuss the formation of a new committee at the next annual general meeting in October.

Cottontails is a charity, committee run pre-school. Our current committee is comprised of nine members, including a chair person, a treasurer and a secretary.

We need to recruit a new chair and secretary at the very least and I hope that we can also find people to take on roles in recruitment, fundraising, web and publicity. Training is given for all roles and there is lots of support available for new committees from the local authority and the PLA (Pre-school Learning Alliance).

As I mentioned in the letter, the Pre-school Learning Alliance has written a booklet called, “Volunteer for your Pre-school Committee” which has information about the roles and responsibilities of being a committee member. You can download this here.

If you have any questions about how Cottontails is managed or would like to discuss being a committee member, please email me.

I look forward to seeing you on June 12th.
Yours faithfully,

Helen McLachlan
Chair of Cottontails Management Committee

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, the quiz was an opportunity to bring all sections of the 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. Here in Girton, there has been provision for pre-school aged and younger children for nearly 44 years. Cottontails is now an established and successful provider of early years education, ensuring Girton’s children are ready for their next big step up to Girton Glebe


Cottontails haven’t held a quiz night for quite a few years. 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 Girton Glebe Primary School, parents of Cottontails’ children (past and present), 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, and for championing Cottontails ensuring shoppers at the Girton Co-op sign-up and supports us!

Thank you also to the Abbeyfield Society Girton Green who generously hosted our event. The waiving of Abbeyfield Girton Green’s 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.

Girton Green’s Operations Manager, Andrew Watson said, “We are always keen to support and be involved in projects which will be of benefit to people within our community. This is a community event, which also invites our residents to become involved, some of whom may once have had children or grandchildren attending the pre-school. It’s fitting that Abbeyfield supports such a worthy cause. And we wish Cottontails every success in all its future fundraising.”

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

As ever, we offer thanks to Girton Town Charity for supporting all of our fundraising efforts this year. Every pound we’ve raised has benefitted every single child at Cottontails. Support like this against a backdrop of austerity and economic uncertainty is so important to small village organisations like ours. For this, we are very grateful.

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  chair@cottontailspreschool.org 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.