Strawberry How Nursery School

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

A warm welcome to Strawberry How Nursery School

An Ofsted Outstanding Private Day Nursery since 2013  



Strawberry How Nursery School in Cockermouth is a private Day Nursery. We are the only modern, purpose-built, Day Nursery in West Cumbria.  Within the Cockermouth Area we are the only setting with specialist facilities and staff specially trained to care for babies.  

We are the only recently inspected Ofsted Outstanding nursery or school in the Cockermouth Area. Our Outstanding accreditation started in 2013 when Ofsted described us as exceptional. Please read our Inspection Report. 

We have the highest accreditation from Cumbria Childrens' Services and since 2009 we are the only Nursery in the Cockermouth Area to have a 5 star food hygiene rating from Environmental Health. 

Needless to say, we are all proud of our Nursery. Within our setting 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  


  • We are open daily between 7.30am - 6.00pm Monday to Friday for 50 weeks of the year.
  • The Nursery is closed on Bank Holidays and the time between Christmas and New Year. Unlike many nurseries we do not charge for this time.
  • We have a separate facility for babies (with under floor heating and air conditioning) staffed at 1:3 (minimum) by specialists in this area. 
  • We have free taster sessions. Babies can have the first one-hour session accompanied and a further two-hour session closer to the start date. 
  • 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. 
  • We do not charge by a Day Rate rather our fees are charged by the hour. Our rates are competitive and good value. We progressively discount fees dependent of the number of hours attending (sibling's hours are combined) and we offer the Government's Extended funding over 50 weeks/year.
  • We continuously 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 operated by fobs and monitored by CCTV.
  • Many local nurseries and child-minders operate with staff that are only qualified to Level 2. All our staff are fully qualified at least to NVQ3 although two are qualified teachers with teaching degrees. Seven 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 its dedicated approach to offering extensive educational experiences that went beyond the requirements of the EYFS.
  • We use Tapestry the online reporting journal - that links to your phone. The records are transferred eventually to school.
  • 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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