Busy Otters


Longdogs Lane

Ottery St Mary


EX11 1HY


01404 812442

OFSTED rated 'Good' (June 2015)



We are  in need of new committee members. Our committee are responsible for the organisation of the pre-school by means of supporting our staff, and play a key role in fundraising! The committee are crucial, as without them, the pre-school would close. We meet approximately once every half term for a couple of hours in the evening. You don't have to be a parent (although we do have to have a certain percentage of our committee who ARE parents), but just your enthusiasm is sufficient qualification to get you through the door!!

​Please contact any member of staff, or give us a ring for further details.

Welcome to Busy Otters!!

Busy Otters is a committee run group that was first registered in 1987. In 2011 we moved to a new purpose built building attached to Ottery St Mary Primary School.

Busy Otters is a vibrant, fun and nurturing pre-school at the very heart of the Ottery St Mary community. With an excellent prime position next to the popular primary school and wonderful, purpose-built modern facilities, we warmly welcome children from the term after they turn two and a half. (this includes if you qualify for 2 Year Old Funding.)

We believe that every child is unique and in these important formative years it is our aim to provide a wide range of activities and experiences to help your child develop to the best of their ability and to provide a happy, safe and secure environment.

Aims and Objectives

Our aim is to provide excellent quality care for pre-school children:  To give positive encouragement for children to become independent and confident in a calm, safe, caring and stimulating atmosphere.

Opening times

Mornings: Monday – Friday 9.15 – 11.45am

Afternoons: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday 12.45 -3.15

Lunch club: Every day 11.45 – 12.45 (Thursday only until 12.30)



£12.50 per 2.5 hour session for non funded 2 year olds. (£5.00 per hour)

£10.00 per 2.5 hour session for non funded 3 or 4 year olds. (£4.00 per hour)

Lunch club: the equivalent hourly rate for each age group.

Government funding is available the term after their 3rd birthday for a maximum of 15 hours per week.

Funded places available for 2 year olds who qualify under the Funding for 2 Year olds scheme.




What was Busy Otters’ latest Ofsted report like?

In June 2015, Busy Otters was inspected by the Office for Standards in Education (Ofsted).  The inspector found : "The overall effectiveness of the early years provision was Good". We are very pleased with our judgement, and reading the report will give a clear indication of the strengths of our setting.

A full copy of the Inspection Report can be viewed online at www.ofsted.gov.uk. In the search box, just type in Busy Otters Pre-School Playgroup, or our URN is EY421724.