We always love to hear from our children’s parents either to know we’re doing a great job or to find out how we can do better! Here’s some of the feedback Orchard parents have kindly shared. If you’d like to leave a review, we’d be delighted to hear from you.
"A lovely homely feel"
Caroline June, 2014
We just wanted to drop you an e-mail to say thank you for making our daughter's first two sessions so successful. She has come home this evening so happy that we are both thoroughly sure we made the right choice for her. There may still be some wobbly moments ahead but we can see that we'll all work together to help her through these.
Thanks again and see you in a few weeks.
Nicola and Matt,
Each week we send out an email to all parents telling them about the activities we have been up to at nursery. This is designed to keep parents / carers informed of what we do, and also extends the learning from nursery to home. A parent recently gave the following feedback:
'As this is my last I thought I should say how much I value these emails. Not only does it give me an insight into what you do but it also gives me ideas for things to do at home.' Nicola
My son is due to start with the Orchard in the coming September, I am so excited for him! After a couple of visits to the setting I feel confident that it is the perfect setting for my son to start his journey in education. The staff are welcoming and the preschool is a lovely place with a homely feel. I look forward to his first day!
Deciding where to send your 9 month old child when you return to work, is one of the most difficult decisions you have to make as a new Mum. Deciding to send my daughter to The Orchard Childrens Nursery was the best decision I have made. She has been going to this nursery full time for three years now and not once has she ever cried about being left there with Lauren and the team, in fact it is quite the opposite – she is often reluctant to come home! I am continuously amazed at how much progress my daughter has made in the care of such dedicated staff. She has developed a thirst for learning and gaining knowledge as she is inspired by the staff who work there, their surroundings and resources. She frequently sings the songs complete with actions, talks to me about the numbers and letters she has been learning about, but more importantly talks constantly about her friends there; friends which include all of the staff. And all of this is captured in the beautiful learnin g logs that we receive each term which often bring tears to our eyes! The staff at this nursery are wonderful and communication is excellent. They are all friendly and approachable and take utmost care to get to know our children, it is because of them that my daughter is as happy as she is. I wouldn't ever dream of taking my child anywhere else.
Both of my sons have attended The Orchard Nursery and I have been delighted with the care they have received. The Orchard Nursery is like a little home from home for my son - he loves attending and has not once said he didn't want to go. The staff members are fabulous and really go the extra mile with all children helping them settle in. They plan exciting activities for the children to do and give them lots of opportunities to learn. My son starts school in September and has really benefited from the Language and Number groups and is very well prepared for school through his learning at the nursery. I would not hesitate to recommend the nursery to any other parents and both myself and my son will miss the nursery when he starts school.
I am so pleased with Orchard Nursery. My children love going and chat away about all the fun, engaging activities that they have done all the way home every time they attend. I feel the staff really know the children as individuals and know my own children's needs. They are very approachable if you are worried about something or need some advice they are always available. I would thoroughly recommend it to who want an individual approach for their children!
Superb nursery only complimented by the professional and friendly staff. Very well run with lots to do and plenty of learning along the way. The perfect mix of fun and education delivered by great staff. They really have cracked it. Only point to note is no matter how much notice you have, you must still pay for your child's slot if you want to go on holiday, even if you can give a years notice. This slightly separates Orchards from other local nurseries as its been noted that must other local nurseries allow this but the school's policy's is the school's policy's. Maybe this could be addressed in the near future.
The staff at Orchard Children's Nursery always make me as a parent feel very welcome and are very attentive with all of the children. My daughter is 14 months old and has been at nursery for 6 months now and is developing well with her co-ordination and socialising. She laughs each time we arrive at The Orchard Children's Nursery which reassures me as a parent that she enjoys it but also each and every time within seconds of arriving she is caught up in the magic of nursery and seeing her friends. This makes me happy to know she feels secure. How would I describe the nursery? Wonderful trained staff, who continue to develop their skills and the children's with great care. Great balance of fun and education.
I cannot recommend Orchards Nursery and the staff highly enough. My three year old son has developed at such speed since being at this nursery, always learning new things which amaze us every day. It is brilliant to watch his developments not only with skills being taught and encouraged by the team, but the relationships he has created with them and his friends. We all have those days when it is difficult to leave your child, but I have upmost trust in the team, who are always there to support and reassure me whenever needed. The thing I love most about Orchards is that my son is not a number, the team know his character, his likes and dislikes and how to get the best out of him.
Danielle & Darren,
I am so pleased with Orchard Nursery. My children love going and chat away about all the fun, engaging activities that they have done all the way home every time they attend. I feel the staff really know the children as individuals and know my own children’s needs. They are very approachable if you are worried about something or need some advice they are always available. I would thoroughly recommend it to who want an individual approach for their children!
Our son has really benefited these past few months from having so much attention at Orchard Preschool. I am so pleased we moved him, he has been so happy there and had so much fun! It’s been amazing and I have been really impressed with Lindsay - she is brilliant! He was the only child in the preschool initially but this has not been a problem with the 2:1 ratio he has really come on leaps and bounds with his vocabulary, numbers, letters, sounds, shapes (he was explaining semi-circles to me today!). He's also been on numerous mini-adventures walking or on his scooter down the railway line and even been up Chinthurst Hill! Overall we would highly recommend this pre-school as our son has had an amazing time there.
My 4 year old, Harry, has a wonderful time at the pre-school. It is warm and cosy and full of stories, buzzing art activities, phonics and role play and in the Summer there is the added bonus of huge outdoor space to explore and discover. Lindsay and Cath make Harry's sessions enjoyable and educational and he cannot wait to get there. They are under-subscribed at the moment as they have only recently opened - which is fab for me because Harry gets pretty much 1-1 care sometimes - they deserve (and have the resources for) many more children to attend because they are wonderful and make the session into any pre-schoolers dream! So if you are looking for local childcare look no further! It caters to later hours than Bramley Infants Pre-school as they are open until 5.30pm and it is located on the idyllic picturesque Bramley Cricket green. Practically perfect in every way!
It was the first time we had left our daughter at a nursery so we were a little worried regarding how she would settle. The team are amazing, they put us at ease immediately and did all possible to ensure our daughter settled quickly and felt happy and secure. It's a lovely nurturing environment and the staff are extremely caring, professional and show a genuine fondness for each and every child. They go to great lengths to ensure the well being, happiness and stimulation of all children in their care. Our little girl is always having lots of fun when we collect her, and I am totally confident that she is happy, feels secure and has a wonderful time at nursery :-)
My daughter was previously at a childminder for over 2yrs therefore I was nervous moving her to a nursery environment. I had no control over what she ate and was worried that she wouldn't get the personal attention that she was a custom to. I am delighted to say it was the best decision we made. Lauren and her team are extremely personable and dedicated in supporting every child to learn and grow in a fun and caring environment. I am very grateful for the attention they pay to each and every child especially my daughter. Recently I had become concerned about her eating at home and before I had to mention it to Lauren and her team they were already addressing it with me and were keen to support us with new methods. For me this was everything I needed to hear to know they had her best interest at heart. My daughter loves her time at the Orchard and it brings a tear to my eye when I hear her singing songs from nursery complete with actions filled with enthusiasm and passion. She really has blossomed in their care.
Orchard nursery has made it so easy to go back to work, my son loves it and always so happy when I pick him up. The staff are outstanding and always have great activities on for all ages. I would recommend Orchard nursery to any new parents like myself. Thank you for all you do.
Our little boy loves his time at Orchard. He gets excited as we arrive each morning and leaves each afternoon tired from a busy day but very smiley. We couldn't be happier with the care that Lauren and her team provide: they offer interesting, creative, stimulating activities; they are attentive and care for the children as if they were there own. Our little boy is one of the youngest at Orchard. At first we worried about leaving him in childcare but now I know how much he enjoys it, I am completely confident in the staff's abilities and love to watch as our son gets stuck into playing and interacting with the other children as soon as he arrives. We have seen a big jump in his development and skills since he started at Orchard.
The nursery has a lovely home like atmosphere which is really important for me. The staff are friendly and take a lot of care to ensure that they do the best for the children there. My daughter has never cried at being dropped off there, if anything she is sad to leave. As a full time working mum leaving my daughter here has not caused me any angst
I drop my son off every morning knowing he would be missing out by not being here! The mixed age family groups are fantastic and my son is a true individual with theses, rather than the larger nurseries that have age specific rooms. The staff are second to none and as well as providing top quality care they pass on a real taste of what he has been up to every evening at pick up. I really can’t have a bad word to say
Charlie has been going to orchard since he was 6 months old part time. The nursery has a lovely homely feel and is nice and small so all the children get a great deal of attention and care. The staff are excellent and really take an interest in the children. Charlie has really flourished since coming to the nursery and I would happily recommend it to other parents.
On behalf of M and I, thank you so much for looking after our little girl ‘E’ for the past year. E has been very happy there for the entire duration and not once has she not wanted to come in. She always talks about everyone so fondly. I know she is excited to start school but she is also sad to be leaving her friends. We will come down for a visit in her school uniform to see you over the next couple of weeks. That really is a special place full of special friends. Thank you again, from both of us and lots of love from E. xx
I have been very grateful to everything that Orchard Nursery has done for Maisie and I would have no hesitation in recommending the nursery to other parents
I would also like to take this opportunity to say how much J has enjoyed coming to The Orchard Children’s Nursery. The care and attention she has received have been absolutely first class. She adores the staff and she will miss everybody when she leaves. The changes and improvements that have been made under Lindsay’s management have made the Nursery a fantastic place to be and the children flourish. I only wish Lindsay had come earlier so that my son could have benefited too!