The moment I walked into Atchison Cottage I knew it would be a difficult job to change my mind about where we would be placing my 1 year old daughter. I had a number of check boxes to tick and Atchison satisfied them all and since then, 3 years ago, the Cottage has not disappointed. Atchison’s warm and friendly atmosphere, fun and proactive staff, well implemented educational programs and something especially important to me; nutritionally balanced hot meals, have provided a happy, healthy and stimulating environment for my daughter. The Cottage is small enough for the staff to know all children by name but large enough to have well-oiled systems in place including comprehensive daily communication with parents and periodical educational visits and activities providing additional stimuli for the children. I will continue to recommend Atchison Cottage to any parent seeking quality childcare on the lower north shore.