About Us

Welcome to Garden Cottage Nursery

Garden Cottage Nursery School is a stunning child care setting based on the South Downs. We are open for children aged 0-5 years old all year round or term timely. We are located within the beautiful grounds of Highden Farm Washington next to Windlesham House School. We prepare our children to go on to many local schools in West Sussex, and have very good relationships with them all.

We are lucky enough to have a wealth of facilities and resources available to us including two Forest School’s, chickens, a Walled Garden, a Greenhouse and a Farm with our own donkeys all based on the setting.  The children explore and develop their senses and skills in a huge range of environments and often have the chance to enjoy the fruits of their labours at snack time.

Garden Cottage Nursery School, a converted flint workshop, is in the wonderful South Downs with its own enclosed garden play area, and its own car parking facility. As the Nursery belongs to a local farm with Windlesham House School as its neighbour, your child will have the benefit of experiencing space, freedom, nature walks and farming life from lambing to harvesting all within a safe and secure environment.

Our goal at the Nursery School is to develop a well-adapted, healthy, self-assured child with all the necessary skills to make a happy and confident transition into school life. We offer a wide range of activities including drama, dance, music, I.T., cookery, golf, gardening and Spanish, to name but a few. These activities and those that take place in the Nursery on a day-to-day basis will help to stimulate and develop your child’s social, emotional, physical and educational needs.

Additional Information:
The nursery is open all year round and can accommodate term time only if needed. Our fees are very competitive and we offer Government funding.


A message from Jane Denman:

“Dear Parents,  We are very proud of the fact that our children get the best possible start to their education. We achieve this by ensuring that everything from the classroom to the curriculum has been developed with early years learning in mind. We produce an atmosphere where children can learn with mutual respect and have fun in unrivalled surroundings, with lots of friendly caring staff. We are looking forward to working with you and your children to give them an exceptional start to life and all the skills necessary to succeed”