Busy Otters


Longdogs Lane

Ottery St Mary


EX11 1HY


01404 812442

OFSTED rated 'Good' (June 2015)



​We are recruiting for a new Manager!

​Our current Manager Emma Morris, is leaving, and so we are looking for someone to take her place. Full details are on the Devon County Website: www.devonjobs.gov.uk. The closing date is Friday 26th May 2017.


We are also 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.