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The greatest gifts we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.


Maria Montessori

Dottie Tots in Crondall 

We are an established nursery school located in the beautiful village of Crondall, surrounded by open fields, ancient woodlands & incredible wildlife. Dottie Tots Crondall's overarching principles focus on the natural environment, nature & sustainability.

We have sole use of approximately 2.3 acres of woodland. Which supports our classrooms in being connected directly to the stunning outdoor environments enabling continuous free flow provision. Classroom interiors are laid out to create snug home-from-home environments.  All areas provide opportunities for each child to develop as a unique individual.

Our carbon footprint is extremely important to us, we discourage single use plastic, create a high proportion of our own resources from recycled & repurposed materials to inspire wonder amongst our children & parents!  All our learning resources are authentic, traditional and natural keeping a calm and welcoming environment for all children and their families.


The philosophy of all our settings is to provide child-centred education with a heuristic approach to learning & development, led by a team of fully qualified teachers. Here at Crondall we offer children endless learning opportunities which are complemented by the range of education styles we use such as Montessori, Forest School Approach, Reggio Emilia and the Curiosity and the Froebelian Approaches. They all work beautifully together as they are all holistic and child centred, which works well with the ethos of Dottie Tots.


We encourage children to navigate an environment where they have choices, they have time to explore their play and they spend as much time outside as possible. Children learn best when encapsulated in the great outdoors with equipment and activities where they can explore, seek delight, role play, move freely, sit in a den, and take risks (fully risk assessed of course!). Children need natural objects and everyday items to learn about their world and dedicated, well qualified educators who can support, enhance and navigate their development with them.


We aim to nurture the uniqueness of each child, meet individual needs through a relaxed learning atmosphere where children feel safe and secure. Through play & exploration we encourage confidence, self-motivation, autonomy.  


At Crondall, there is the opportunity to utilise full 15 or 30 hour funding entitlement for 2, 3 & 4 year olds. We are open term-time Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm.

Wish to know more, pop-in to see for yourself, or register your child for a place? We would be delighted to meet you and your family.

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Dottie Tots Crondall

The Scout Centre

Pankridge Street

GU10 5RQ

Opening Times:

Monday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Tuesday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Wednesday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Thursday: 8.00am - 4.00pm

Friday: 8.00am - 4.00pm


Phone: 07436 445 080

Meet the Team at 

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Karen Burrows
Owner & Director 

Ofsted Nominated Person

Designated Safeguarding Officer

Qualified Early Years Teacher

BA (Hons) Primary Education and Teaching - Level 6

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

Paediatric First Aid 


Helen Greenfield
Setting Manager
 Designated Safeguarding Lead
Level 3 Qualified

Paediatric First Aider
ire Warden


Sophie Poulter
Setting Manager
(From September 2024)

 Designated Safeguarding Lead
Level 3 Qualified

Paediatric First Aider
ire Warden


Laura Hensby
Early Years Teacher
Designated Deputy Safeguardi
ng Lead
Level 6 Degree

Qualified Teacher with QTS
Paediatric First Aider

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Helen Owen
Early Years Teacher
Level 6 Degree
Qualified Teacher with QTS

Paediatric First Aider


Catherine Read
Early Years Assistant

Paediatric First Aider

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Samantha Elliott
Early Years Educator
Level 3 Qualified


Fees & Availability

We offer full time, sessions and the more flexible option of booking your place by the hour

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