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Exploring outside at Ridgemount Cottage Nursery School

Welcome to

Ridgemount Cottage Nursery 

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"Both of ours thoroughly enjoy their time at Ridgemount. We know they are safe and happy! As key worker parents during a stressful time, we are particularly grateful for the proactive, helpful and safe approach."


"Great place for small explorers. My daughter absolutely loves coming here. All staff working there give all their hearts to the kids, they are so amazing. I honestly recommend it."


"My son recently started here. The staff have been great at settling him in and he's really happy here. I love the online learning journey to keep updated with all the fun things they do each day and seeing how happy he is."

Our vegetable patch
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Outdoors with friends at nursery
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The cottage
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Bug hotel
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Play area
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Exploring the bug hotel at nursery
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Woodland camp
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The Den
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Sensory activity at nursery
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Toddlers' mud kitchen at nursery
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Ridgemount Cottage Nursery kitchen garden
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Exploration. Discovery. Independence. Community.


Ridgemount Cottage Nursery has been a centre of excellence in care and learning for young children since 1994, awarded Good by OFSTED in 2018. We are a happy, family run and outdoor focused nursery, set in the surroundings of our thatched cottage and its acre of grounds: which themselves offer fantastic learning opportunities for our children.

Central to our days at Ridgemount are these four values: 


Children explore the world around us. And we have so much for them to explore here. We use our extensive outdoor area for children to learn through gardening, woodland play, composting, bug hunts, and den building. They should be able to run, fall and have fun!



Open-ended activities and games are provided in which children can understand, discover, and explore the world around them. We support and scaffold each child’s learning and development while they are engaged in their chosen activities.



We encourage children to independently make choices in their everyday routine. We support children to build relationships, creating sociable, happy children who will be confident making friends in the next stage of their journey, whether that’s at Ridgemount or school.



We have church visits, library visits, coffee mornings at the community centre, trips to the retirement home and much more. We want children to love their close community as well as their larger one, helping the charities we support such as The Wildlife Trust and engaging with our twinned school in Tanzania through our YouTube channel.

With 5-star Facebook reviews, please come and see for yourself!

The Ridgemount Team

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