* 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: https://www.findapprenticeship.service.gov.uk/apprenticeship/-39061


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, watso1@hotmail.co.uk

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 www.thegivingmachine.co.uk.
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 www.thegivingmachine.co.uk 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.





Looking ahead: 2016/17 term dates

Our term dates for the 2016/2017 academic year are now available from the information section of our documents page: please click here to access them.  Please note that there may be some differences to local school dates.

Not that we’re in any way wishing this next half term away – there are too many exciting things in store!  Forest school open day, sponsored Olympics-themed trundle, jobs week, Rising 5s trip, parents’ afternoon, sports day, open afternoon, teddy bears’ picnic, leavers’ party & presentation – phew, it’s going to be busy!  Check out the full list here.  We re-open after half term on Monday 6 June and term ends on Friday 15 July.  Autumn term 2016 starts on Monday 5 September 2016.

Walking, Riding & Running to Raise Funds For Cottontails

Cottontails has a busy summer term full of activities, open days and fundraising action. Some of our parents are also getting in on the action by taking on challenges and activities to support our fundraising efforts.

Last year, John Quinn (left) completed the 100km Nightrider London for charity. Now that John is a Cottontails Trustee he’s decided to take on the Nightrider Bristol (60% more hills than London’s course!), and for added spice he’s throwing in the 46 mile Pathfinder March the week before and then the Girton 5K four days after Bristol, all within a two week window. Makes us tired just thinking about it!

John Quinn Nightrider
John Quinn (left) and Nick Lomax (right) holding their Nightrider London medals

John has kindly chosen to support Cottontails alongside his Songwriting Charity and has already raised £255! “Cottontails is a wonderful pre-school, providing valuable early years education right in the heart of Girton. My youngest is currently attending Cottontails and has thrived. He loves Forest School, has made wonderful friends and is so excited about his next steps because of the excellent transition arrangements in place between Cottontails and Girton Glebe. The staff are dedicated, caring and hardworking. This is the least I can do to help Cottontails to continue its important work.”

If you’d like to make a donation, please click here. We know John would appreciate it, as would all of us at Cottontails.