We passionately believe that The Orchard Day Nursery represents the leading edge of great nurseries. By keeping our setting integrated, we allow children to enjoy a full range of toys and activities, rather than limiting their access to parts of the nursery based on their age. This integrated approach also means that children's socialisation is advanced, with younger and older children learning from their peers, just like siblings.
Having invested over £60,000 in the specialist furniture, toys and resources for our nursery, we can confidently say that we have sought the highest quality at every turn. We have shunned plastic in favour of wood and metal, allowing children to experience the joy of proper craftsmenship in the things they play with.
Our nursery environment has been painstakingly designed to simultaneously provide a remarkable space for children to learn and develop, an efficient and enjoyable place for our staff to work, and a premises which our customers appreciate, and are willing to pay for. Our bespoke "Reading Grove" of kiln-dried, real birch trees allows us to bring a sense of the forest into the heart of our nursery, and our fully functioning "Children's Kitchen" provides the opportunity for children to contribute to our shared meals everyday.
While our primary focus always is and always will be the children in our care, we also keep in mind how important it is to provide similarly outstanding care for you, our customer. We are acutely aware that childcare is expensive, and while our prices reflect the costs of our building and our outstanding staff, we want our customers to feel like they are getting maximum value from us as an organisation. This presents us with a bit of a challenge since the people who pay the fees, are not the people who spend the day with us at nursery. That's why when you are at nursery you will find our staff to be attentive, knowledgeable and helpful. No request is too "picky" or too hard for us to cope with, no question is too mundane or obvious and wherever we are able to provide support to the wider family, we relish the opportunity.
While this all sounds very lovely, you might be wondering if there's anything more tangible that The Orchard Day Nursery offers parents, and indeed we do:
Free tea, coffee and homemade biscuits always available in our Parent's Welcome Area, including travel cups for you to grab your beverage of choice on your way to work
Parents are welcome to enjoy our daily breakfast buffet for free when dropping their children off before 8am - come to nursery a bit earlier, and let us provide a family breakfast
We operate a completely paperless nursery, which means that we share a information about your child's day with us via email, for your conviniance, and you are able to access their comprehensive development record at anytime, from anywhere via the cloud.
No-one wants to feel like they are chosing the "budget option" when it comes to who cares for their child. That's why we have worked hard to develop a model where we are not the cheapest nursery in town, but by giving our customers more flexibility, we can ensure we offer the best value for money.
Our hourly rate of £7.50 means that we can guarantee to pay our staff above the London Living Wage, and on average we pay 57% above the industry standard. The price we charge also enables us to create and maintain a fantastic environment, set within a piece of premium real estate which is convinient for commuters, and those working in the centre of Wimbledon. We are also able to continually re-invest in the highest quality toys, resources and learning experiences for the children in our care.
By allowing our customers to decide on the best start and finish times for their children, we help to ensure that they only pay for the childcare they need. Our Fees & Attendance page has some great examples of how this work in practice, but the principle is simple - The Orchard Day Nursery is a premium quality day nursery which has an hourly rate to match its quality, but our flexibility means that more often than not, customers pay less each month with us than they would with another nursery.