Our response to COVID-19

We know that nursery life is going to look a little different for a while, as we begin to welcome children and families back to the nursery. Whether you are an existing family returning or someone looking for a nursery place we would like to keep you informed and reassured about the steps we are taking to ensure the safety of all practitioners, children and families.

Children’s welfare

  • We will be using a contact free infrared thermometer to test the temperatures of the children, the carer dropping them off at nursery and all staff on arrival. If the temperature 37.8 degrees or higher, we advise you to return home as per public health guidance.
  • Our outside pathway to the nursery now features footprints at a two-metre distance to support social distancing whilst waiting to be let into the nursery.
  • There will be a portable handwashing facility outside the front door, parents and carers are asked to wash and dry the children’s hands prior to entering.
  • A member of the team will welcome children in at the door, parents and carers will not be permitted to enter the building.

Staff protection

  • All staff will be supplied with suitable PPE at appropriate times.
  • Staff uniform will be fresh each day and will remain at nursery where it will be washed at 60 degrees. Staff will therefore be asked to travel in different clothes and change on arrival.
  • Staff will be washing their hands routinely and at appropriate times and hand cream will also be provided.
  • Staff break periods will be staggered to allow social distancing in our staff room and they will be asked that where at all possible they stay on site during breaks.
  • Staff will be asked to have indoor and outdoor shoes to prevent the spread on germs.

Nursery life

  • We will reduce the number of toys and resources available to the children to allow these to be rotated, upon rotation they will be sterilised at our sterilising station in the foyer.
  • Children will be divided into small groups or ‘bubbles’ of no more than 6 and will remain with two practitioners for the duration of the day. Lunch for the children will be staggered to allow space at mealtimes, and for the moment meals will be served onto individual plates in the kitchen rather than the children self-serving as they usually would.
  • The children, along with the staff, will wash their hands regularly at appropriate times.
  • We will not have communal sand, water or messy/malleable play as this can harbour germs. There may be occasions where children have individual play stations for these types of play, but this will be disposed of and thoroughly cleaned after each child.
  • Dressing up clothes will be limited and washed regularly in line with rotation of toys.
  • We will separate the classrooms into zoned areas where children will spend time with their ‘bubble’ and then rotate, with each area being cleaned in between.
  • We will follow the COVID-19 response to illness if any symptoms arise whilst on site. There will be a separate room for any staff or children who show any symptoms where they can wait until they are collected or are able to go home. This will be thoroughly cleaned after use.
  • We request that parents provide clean and washed indoor shoes and separate outdoor shoes.

End of the day handover

  • Parents will be asked to estimate a collection time either on drop off or via our Famly app system to allow us to get the children ready and out into the foyer to be collected.
  • Children will wash their hands prior to exiting the building.

For further information about our risk assessment or policies please follow this link or ask any member of staff.

Our facebook, twitter accounts and this website will be updated regularly in line with the latest guidance and any further steps we take. On these platforms we will also be able to show you some of our new measures in action as well as lots of activities and ideas for home learning.

Apricot Nursery, Peterborough - September 2018 Newsletter

Apricot Nursery September 2018 Newsletter

Please see below our September newsletter, which is also downloadable as a pdf:

People who help us in our communities and at Apricot Nursery, Peterborough.

People who help us

People who help us

What a great topic that we have adopted for the month.  It provides fantastic learning opportunities and is so much fun for the staff and children alike.  We covered many different areas;

  • British values
  • Personal social and emotional development
  • People and communities
  • The world

At Apricot nursery we believe in the importance of building a sense of community from a young age. We want the children to have a sense of pride in who they are and how they can act in the community in a safe manner.   Here’s just a snippet of some of these activities we cover;

Baby Room – We have mums and dads coming to play in the morning together to share experiences, create memories and to build relationships.
Toddler Room – creating mothers day cards and sharing experiences.
Pre-School Room, We planned for the local fire service to send us a fire engine and crew to get all the children (and some staff) excited. Unfortunately the local fire brigade had a call out and so our team worked with the children to talk about safety and made fire engines and engaged in some really effective role play.

The true benefit that this topic brings, is amazing. The children are open to so many learning opportunities from understanding how things work, being safe, the local community and how others can help.

Things we can do at home

Promoting safety – This can be whilst you are walking next to a road or in a busy car park and even in the local park. Remember to talk about where the dangers are and how to keep safe.
Our services – Talking about police officers, firefighters and paramedics when you see their vehicles, is a great way to start a conversation about what they are doing and who they are going to help.
Mums, Dads and Carers – The most important ones – talk to children how you help others and why its important to help others.

British values
This whole topic promotes all four areas of British values and can be seen through all these experiences.

So, let’s start with democracy.  Think of democracy as a situation where everyone is treated equally and has equal rights.

Rule of law
This is about understanding that rules matter.

Individual liberty
The remaining two values are both embedded within PSED (personal, social and emotional development) and Understanding the World.  For individual liberty, we focus on children’s self-confidence and self-awareness and people and communities.

Mutual respect and tolerance
Finally, mutual respect and tolerance: we learn to treat others as we want to be treated. We learn how to be part of a community, manage our feelings and behaviour; and form relationships with others.

We hope this shows how we are sharing with our children, experiences to help them understand more about those who help us.

Apricot Nursery

Apricot is a day nursery in Peterborough (PE2) offering childcare services to pre-school babies (3 months plus), toddlers and young children. We also run a holiday club and out-of-school club for older children up to the age of 11. Click the bold links or call us on 01733 390 969 for more information.

Apricot Nursery & pre-school's educational theme this term is 'Past, present and future'.

Past, present and future – Topic for this term

At Apricot nursery our theme this term is Past, present and future. In the pre-school room, we decided to look at animals as the children currently have an interest in dinosaurs and farm animals. We created different environments for the two types of animals in the outside garden. The children were shown the different environments and vocabulary of past and present was used by the adults to support the children’s understanding of time. They had lots of fun whilst learning about animals that lived in the past and as well as those in present times – like our chickens!

Apricot Nursery & pre-school's educational theme this term is 'Past, present and future'.

Apricot offers high quality childcare from its day nursery in Orton Longueville, Peterborough. For more information, click the bold link or call 01733 390 969.

Annual Apricot Nursery BBQ

We would like to invite all our parents and their families to our annual BBQ, which will be held on Friday 22nd July 2016 at the nursery in Peterborough.

4pm – 7pm

There will be face painting, a cake stall, tombola, hook a duck and lots more! We look forward to seeing you all there!

(All money raised will go towards funding the transport for preschools trip next year).

Apricot School Leavers Party

Apricot Nursery (Peterborough) will be holding our annual school leavers party on Thursday 14th July 2016

3pm until 5pm.

Our theme this year is Pirates and Princesses. We look forward to seeing you all in your costumes!

Jumping Jacks Summer Activities now available online

Interested in our holiday club?

Please go over to our Jumping Jacks Holiday Club page to look at our holiday activities.

Please call us on 01733 390969 to ask about availability.

-Nursery manager


About Apricot Nursery in Orton, Peterborough

Making our Peterborough Nursery more Eco Friendly

Going Paperless at Apricot Nursery Peterborough

Everybody should do their ‘bit’ for the environment, so at our Peterborough nursery we have made a big step forward. At Apricot Nursery, we have set in place a grand plan to go paperless. But more than that, we would like to make Apricot Nursery the greenest nursery in Peterborough. As a result, we are asking all parents and guardians to provide an email address so that we can cut down on printing. It should also actually improve communication, as we know that sometimes paper based communication doesn’t always make it home.

So this is how you can help us make Apricot Nursery the greenest Nursery in Peterborough! We need your (live) email address so we can upload it to the system.

Here are some of the benefits of going paperless:

  • Invoices straight to you at your email address.
  • Electronic learning journeys.
  • Electronic daily diaries.
  • Easy to upload family memories and days out to your child’s key person.
  • Newsletter on line.

All these new nursery features will help us at Apricot Nursery to get one step closer to becoming a more eco-friendly nursery.

Please leave your email address with Nick in the office or email us at info@apricotnursery.co.uk confirming your child’ name etc. We will make sure that you are added to the appropriate email list.

Help us at Apricot Nursery Peterborough

Of course, there are lots more things that we could do at Apricot Nursery in Peterborough to make sure that we are greener. We’d welcome your ideas and suggestions for things that we could do (or not do) that would reduce our carbon footprint. Sometimes, you can be too close to the problem to notice it. So we welcome feedback from all parents on things that we could do better / greener to make our nursery a good example to your child. After all, it’s their future, so we need to do what we can to set a good example for a sustainable future.

About Apricot Nursery in Orton, Peterborough


Apricot Nursery June Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

June 2016 Newsletter

Please see below our June newsletter, which is also downloadable as a pdf

Apricot Nursery June Newsletter

Jumping Jacks Talent Show

Well Done Jumping Jacks

A big well done to all the children who took part in the Jumping Jack talent show.

From rapping and singing, to football skills and a poem, well done to all who took part and showed us their talent. Thanks to Lauren and Chelsea for organising the event and to DJ Andrea and the fantastic audience.

Great job every one