Admissions Policy
Orchard Day Nursery welcomes children from all backgrounds and abilities.

We care for children aged from 10 months to 5 years old and provide After School Care and Holiday Care for children in Reception and year 1 classes. Places are subject to availability and allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Show Round 

We are delighted to show prospective parents around the nursery and encourage parents to look at more than one nursery whilst making this important choice for their family. Each setting has its own strengths and character, as do families, and it is important to choose one which you feel is right for you and your child. It is a good idea to bring your child with you when you visit as it will be informative for both of us to observe their initial reactions.

Booking and Fees

To take up a place we require a completed registration form and a non refundable registration fee (see current fees schedule). The form provides us with contact details and other information required by law, which assists us to respect parental wishes and fully meet the needs of every child.

Introductory Visits

Before your child starts we arrange with you a number of free introductory visits. These are short visits of approximately one hour when we welcome you and your child to spend some time in the nursery. This enables your child to become familiar with the setting and some of the staff and children with the security of having you present. It is also an opportunity for you to meet your child’s Key-carer and to exchange information. The exact number and timing of these visits will vary according to the individual needs of each child. The details of these will be discussed and worked out with you. Usually 3 or 4 visits are arranged; on the final visit we encourage you to leave your child for a short time at the setting.

During introductory visits your child’s Key-carer will complete our Initial Child Profile with you. This provides information on the levels of development and learning that a child has achieved at entry to the Nursery. It should be emphasised that the profile is not a test. The abilities and skills of all children vary. The information from the profile helps ensure that Nursery staff value each child’s previous learning and effectively build on the child’s existing skills.


Current Fees Schedule