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Debbie Appleby, an early years teacher leads the dynamic staff team. The nursery manager Angela Clayton has many years of childcare experience, having worked in the early years sector since leaving school. Angela manages the nursery on a day-to-day basis and leads the dedicated team of people who make Orchard a caring and safe place for your children to learn and grow.


Our staff team consists of only passionate and driven individuals who strive towards developing the bright minds of tomorrow, by providing the best experiences for all children. We consider ourselves incredibly fortunate to have a very well qualified and experienced team, many of whom have been with Orchard for several years.

The Early Years Foundation Stage emphasises the importance of key relationships for children, including those relationships between children, their parents/carers and a key person within a setting. At Orchard Day Nursery we recognise and value the importance of these relationships and allow plenty of time, opportunities and experiences for strong relationships to build.


We implement and maintain an established key person system at Orchard to ensure we can effectively meet the children’s needs and care for them to the best of our abilities, helping them to feel safe, secure and settled at our Nursery.


Our secret to successful, strong relationships with our children and their parents and carers is through our thorough settling in process, which starts with a home visit if you require. This essential settling period is planned around each individual child giving them enough quality time to get to know the whole team, their new surroundings at nursery and most importantly their key person.


Your key person will complete a ‘Tapestry’ learning journal for your child outlining the day’s highlights and developmental milestones.  Please click here for more information on ‘Tapestry

Our Staff

The Key Person System

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Job Vacancies


From January 2018 - We are looking for a nursery practitioner to join our team. Are you an experienced Nursery Practitioner with an excellent working knowledge of the EYFS? Are you looking for a motivated and happy working environment with great future prospects? We are offering a top salary based on qualifications and experience!


Some of your responsibilities as a Nursery Practitioner will include:

*To ensure the children are cared for in a happy, safe and stimulating environment.

*To plan, prepare and evaluate activities for children.

*To work in partnership with parents and carers.

*To follow and implement all of the policies and procedures set out by the nursery.

*Key children responsibilities

*You will need to have the following qualifications, training and experience as a Nursery Practitioner:

*NVQ 3 (or equivalent) in childcare

*A good understanding of the EYFS framework

*A strong understanding of Safeguarding practices and procedures.

*Experience of working with birth to 5 year olds.

*All applicants will be required to hold a valid DBS registered to the online update service or complete a new enhanced DBS


We believe that our outstanding success as a nursery is due to our amazing staff. If you would like to be part of this professional, motivated and happy team, please apply.


PLEASE SEND YOUR CV TO info@orcharddaynursery.com TO APPLY FOR THIS POSITION. Alternatively, please click here to dowload an application form...



Application Form 2017