Early Years Childcare in Dore & Totley
About Us:

How we started

Sisters Amy and Jodi are the owners and Managing Directors at Abbeydale Cottage Nursery. After completing a BA Hons in Childhood Studies in 2008, working in nurseries and running her own childminding business, Amy decided to pursue her dream and look into opening a Nursery School of her own. After a lightbulb moment and conversations with Jodi in 2012, they decided to join forces to make this dream a reality, with Jodi bringing many years of office and accounts experience to the mix.

After creating a business model and searching for the perfect location, they found the site at Abbeydale and developed it into a purpose built Nursery & Pre-School which opened in 2015.

Amy & Jodi are mostly behind the scenes now, ensuring the smooth running of the Nursery including, staffing, training, recruitment, signing up new children, and accounting/invoicing, but are always on hand should you need them. They strive to keep ACN as personable and family oriented as possible, and endeavour to keep the Nursery a ‘home from home’ for the children they care for and the staff they employ.

Recently joining the management team is Emily. Emily first joined us in 2021 whilst studying for an Early Years PGCE after many years working in a Special Educational Primary School. Emily quickly fell in love with everything that Abbeydale Cottage Nursery stood for and wanted to be part of it, first taking on the role of Early Years Teacher and SENCO and now, Manager. Emily is passionate about working closely with families to create an environment that is child centred, giving children every opportunity to learn and develop in their own unique way and guided by practitioners that feel valued for all of the hard work that they do.

Ofsted Report

We were rated "Good" when last inspected in April 2019

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Information about available jobs and applications

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Our Values

  • Play, fun and creativity in childhood is fundamental to a child’s development as it at the heart of provision
  • Children have a voice and deserve to be listened to & heard
  • Value parents as their child’s first teacher and as partners in the care and education of their children
  • Encourage wider participation of children and families in nursery life
  • Promote diversity and an understanding of similarities and difference within society, developing strong community ties to promote understanding of the world around us and support personal growth
  • Actively promote inclusion by working with parents and all other relevant agencies to support learning and development
  • Identify and provide additional support to meet every child’s individual needs
  • Early intervention to support children’s needs
  • Strive for excellence and evidence-based innovation within provision
  • Provide effective stewardship and governance
  • Develop a professional, committed and recognised workforce who actively engage in continuous professional development
  • Valuing all our staff and their commitment

Our Curriculum

Early childhood education provides the essential foundation for all future learning. For children to learn and reach their potential; they must first feel safe and experience a socially and emotionally secure environment. We have created an informal, family-oriented atmosphere, in which all our children are able to learn successfully through purposeful play.

We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage as prescribed by the Department of Education. Click here to view website.

We provide a balance of planned and free play activities for our children, supported by experienced and well qualified staff. All of our children are encouraged to become independent, confident, involved, and happy learners.

We aim to provide a curriculum to develop the whole child. Young children learn by experiences, i.e by doing, touching, and seeing for themselves whilst at play. Play is vital to healthy child development; providing the foundation for life-long learning as it enables children to develop a variety of skills vital to future development such as: communication and language, social and emotional regulation, problem-solving skills, and resilience.

Their intellectual, social, emotional, creative, and physical development will be catered for by various play activities which we offer at nursery and in addition learning about phonics, maths, science, and physical play are also taught in in short, active daily focussed learning groups.

We encourage parental involvement at nursery and look to build strong links with home to enhance and extend children’s learning. Our experienced and well qualified staff led by our Early Years Teacher, will support your child to become independent, confident, resilient and happy learners.

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Download our Curriculum documents here.

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