Strawberry How Nursery School

Strawberry How Road, Cockermouth, CA13 9XR  Tel: 01900 823322   Email:

A warm welcome to Strawberry How Nursery School

An Ofsted Outstanding Private Day Nursery since 2013 (Last inspected 14th August 2019 ) 


Strawberry How Nursery School in Cockermouth is the only modern, purpose-built, Day Nursery in West Cumbria.  It isn't easy to be graded Ofsted Outstanding but to be acknowledged thus, especially with a facility for babies less than 2yrs, is a serious achievement.  As it happens we are the only Ofsted Outstanding nursery in the Cockermouth Area. Here we seek to offer professional, high-quality childcare and early years education within a friendly and caring atmosphere for children aged 3 months to 5 years old.    FIND US ON THE MAP


  • Our Day Nursery is open daily between 7.30am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday for 50 weeks of the year.
  • We have a separate facility for babies staffed at 1:3 (minimum) by specialists in this area.
  • All our staff are DBS checked, have a paediatric first aid certificate, a safeguarding awareness certificate, a food hygiene certificate and a manual handling certificate. We have had a 5 star food hygiene rating since 2009. 
  • Our fee rates are competitive and good value. We progressively discount fees dependent of the number of hours attending (siblings hours are combined) and we offer the Government's Extended funding over 50 weeks/year.
  • We continously invest in our equipment, materials and staff.
  • Our Nursery facilities are second to none. We have recently benefited from a generous extension that increased the footprint by 40%.   This means we now offer spacious accommodation within three dedicated (0-21mths) (22mth-33mths) and (34-60mths) rooms together with a separate dining room and separate and three secure free flow ground floor play areas from all rooms.  All the entrances are secured by either coded or magnetic locks monitored by CCTV.
  • We have the highest accreditation from Cumbria Childrens' Services and we were not only recognised by Ofsted to be "Outstanding" within the new EYFS but rather Ofsted classed us as "exceptional". Please read our Inspection Report. 
  • Many nurseries and child-minders are only qualified to Level 2.  All our staff are fully qualified at least to NVQ3 although four are qualified teachers with teaching degrees.  Eight of our staff are mothers themselves. Most importantly our staff are all full-time. This means our children have the security of seeing the same adults each day. 
  • Our nursery is managed by Mrs Julie Richardson an experienced Early Years Headteacher. She also continuously manages the professional training of our staff. Our staff engage in continuous training often at weekends. Ofsted commended our nursery on it's dedicated approach to offering extensive educational experiences that went beyond the requirements of the EYFS.
  • We publish our thematic planning for our 3 areas (within this website after log in and on Tapestry) for parental access.
  • Our staffing ratios are always higher than that recommended by Ofsted who, it should be said, specifically commented on the happiness of our children. 

We do not have open days - rather you need to arrange an appointment to view and to discuss your requirements. Please use the contact form on the last page of the website.


















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