Bute Cottage Nursery School was established in 1974 to provide for 40 FTE places. Its building was originally intended to accommodate two extra classrooms for St Josephs Catholic Primary School. The school is situated near the centre of the town of Penarth and has a wide catchment area that is neither particularly prosperous nor economically disadvantaged.
It provides nursery education for three and four-year-olds, who are admitted on a part-time basis at the beginning of the term following their third birthday. The maximum time children spend in the school is five terms. Numbers on roll were increased from January 2013 to 48 FTE (96 part time) places; The school has the capacity to accommodate 96 children.
The Nursery enjoys very strong links with local childminders and daycare providers, many of whom offer wrap-around care arrangements for families.
Most children transfer to 2 local primary schools that do not have Nursery classes (Evenlode Primary and Fairfield Primary); a few transfer to Church schools, Welsh Schools or private school.