looking for a nursery tips

Tips for parents looking for a nursery

It can be a daunting experience for parents – especially new ones – not only coming to terms with how to look after a child, but knowing what educational path to set them on.

So, mums and dads, listen up. Here is a detailed list of things to think about when choosing a nursery:

Who’s in charge?

First things first, are the management team respectable and experienced? And how many staff will be in contact with your child? If it is a group of staff that you like, chances are your child will too.

You can check all of Apricot Nursery members of staff here. The Nursery Manager is Nick Douglass, who has been running the nursery for over three years.

Look at the other children

This is a must. It’s a tell-tale sign of what the nursery is offering and what is to come if you use their services. Most importantly, do they look happy and are they well-looked after?

Food options

It is important to look at portion sizes and if they have on-site chefs or if the food is delivered in every day. You don’t want your child coming home hungry.

Our nursery cook, Tina Cooke, has been in catering for 25 years and designs the menus herself with an emphasis on healthy eating. All of our food is freshly prepared on site daily by our experienced cooks. Our range of delicious menus are available to view here so you know exactly what we’ll be feeding your child on each day.


What facilities are there on offer for the children? They need to have facilities that match what your child likes. Also, do they do day trips out of the nursery itself?

At Apricot Nursery we believe in allowing children to get out into the world to explore in a safe and controlled way. Day trips are just one of the ways that we like to extend our nursery children’s education beyond our four walls.

Despite all this, much can be said for gut instinct. You and your child will know if it’s somewhere that they’ll want to be and will look forward to going to.

Peterborough based day nursery

We believe that our nursery is the best in Peterborough for your child’s development. If you don’t believe us, come in and have a look around at our facilities. We would be delighted to show you our beautiful nursery based in Orton Longueville, Peterborough.

We have an open door policy so there will always be a member of management available at a time that suits you.  Just call 01733 390 969 to make an appointment.

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Tips to make returning to nursery easy for your little one

Going back to nursery can bring both anxiety and excitement for your children. They look forward to returning to their friends but worry about leaving you and the fun they’ve had at home.

Here is a list of things you can do to help boost your child’s confidence before they head back to Apricot Nursery:

  • Remind your child about all the fun they had in their last year, recapping notably fun days in the last term. If they’re just starting, tell them about all the fun they’ll have and friends that they will make.
  • Take your child shopping for back to school supplies. Let them pick out things like their own backpack or coat; this will help them to feel comfortable when returning.
  • Ask them about their worries, and address them head on. Perhaps reassure them by telling them about what you remember from when you went, what worried you, and how different it was to what you’d thought it would be.

Try these tips to put your child’s mind at ease, helping them to make their first day back a good one.

Our Peterborough based nursery makes it easy for toddlers to return after a long break. Our welcoming and familiar-faced team members are here to reassure your child.

For information about how Apricot Nursery can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.

toddlers mobile devices

Toddlers spending more than an hour a day on mobile devices

A study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies (PAS) annual meeting revealed that one-third of babies are tapping smartphones before they learn to walk or talk.

By the time children are one year old, one in seven uses a mobile device for at least an hour a day. Of children younger than one year, 52 percent had watched television shows, 36 percent had touched or scrolled a screen, 24 percent had called someone, 15 percent used apps, and 12 percent played video games.

The startling statistics were even a surprise to the study’s lead author, Hilda Kabali, MD, “We didn’t expect children were using the devices from the age of 6 months,” she said. “Some children were on the screen for as long as 30 minutes.”

By age two, most children are using mobile devices in some way. Their usage increased as they aged, with 26 percent of two-year-olds and 38 percent of four-year-olds using devices for at least an hour a day.

While scientists do not know the particulars yet, we do know the potential damage mobile devices pose for adults. We can therefore infer that if children are using mobile devices on a regular occurrence from a young age, this can become a major detriment to early development.

For information about how our Peterborough based nursery can help you and your child, call us on 01733 390 969.

toddler discipline

6 steps to toddler discipline

It seems like only moments ago that you were holding a cuddly, helpless baby in your arms. All of a sudden, now, that little baby is toddling around the house, reaching, grabbing, and noisily declaring “No!” Welcome to the toddler phase of parenting.

Toddlers are combining their language, body, and reasoning skills, and applying them to a world. This means that they’re getting into little problems and developing problem-solving skills on the spot.

Below, is a list we have put together to show how you help them, without going crazy.


Why do they throw tantrums? Your toddler may seem independent, but they are still very limited. When the meltdown comes, keep calm. Don’t add to it by raising your voice or handling in anger.

All toddlers will throw a tantrum at some point. Get educated on what to expect, and be prepared to prevent the worst of toddler behaviours before they happen.


During infancy, you made all the decisions for your baby, but now they can make some of their own. That doesn’t mean they are in control, no matter how much they seems to want to be. Help your child make simple choices, give them options but not the decision.


Say things at a level children can understand. ‘Good job’ means nothing – when you praise their accomplishments, be descriptive. If your child strokes the cat gently instead of grabbing its ear, point that out by saying, “See? You touched her softly, and she didn’t run away. Now you and kitty are friends!” Those descriptive words help your child frame her actions.


Not every interaction you have with your child is a teaching moment. Sometimes you’ll be too tired to think through what your child might get out of the situation. In those situations, sometimes a change is all that’s required. Taking the risk of seeming to reward bad behaviour is sometimes worth it just to push the reset button.

Dr. Nekeshia Hammond is a psychologist and she suggests making that distraction is a choice as well. For example: “No, you are not allowed to touch this lamp, but you can play with your toy or read a book with me.”


Permitting natural consequences is an especially good strategy for older toddlers. Children, tend to learn best when there are natural consequences for their actions. For example, if your child is playing outside, it begins to rain, and doesn’t come in when called; they will be uncomfortably wet and realize that they should have listened to you.


No matter how many times your child performs the same misbehaviour; you must repeat the same consequences. Parents should be consistent in administering consequence. This can get tedious, but like all of your child’s phases, it will pass before you know it.

If you are searching for childcare or day nurseries in Peterborough, contact Apricot Nursery to learn how we can help you and your child. Call us on 01733 390 969.

School Leavers Trip to Sacrewell Farm

As a Peterborough based nursery, we love to get out into the countryside when we can. One of our favourite place to visit with our Peterborough nursery children is Sacrewell Farm.

And later this month we will be taking our children there. In fact, our Nursery is planning a trip to Sacrewell Farm on Wednesday 17th August 2016. The cost of the trip will be £6.00 per nursery child. This will include a picnic, entrance to the farm, fun in the play barn, a tractor ride and transportation from the nursery there and back.

Please note if your child is in the preschool nursery unit or in the toddlers nursery unit and it is not normally a day they attend nursery, they are still invited.

Peterborough nursery children

Nursery children will need to arrive promptly at the Apricot Nursery at 8.45am and be ready to collected at 3.45pm for those whose do not normally attend on a Wednesday or term time only. Due the number of staff involved (staff / baby ration) unfortunately only babies who are normally due to be taught Wednesday 17th August 2016 are able to attend.

Sacrewell Farm is popular with many children and adults from the Peterborough area. Perhaps they visited as a child and are now returning with their own children. Perhaps for some of the children from Apricot nursery it will the first time they have ever visited.

Sacrewell Farm is more than just a visitor attraction. It has a long history which dates back to the 1086 and the Domesday survey. For more than 50 years now the site has been run as a charity by the William Scott Abbott Trust. Its aim is to provide an agricultural education for everyone, from nursery children to OAPs.

At Apricot Nursery, Peterborough, we believe in allowing our children to get out into the world to explore in a safe and controlled way. Having a day trip like this one to Sacrewell Farm is just one of the ways that we like to extend our nursery children’s education beyond our 4 walls.

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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


About Apricot Nursery in Orton, Peterborough

Apricot Nursery, May Half Term 2016

May Half Term

Week commencing Monday 31st May 2016 to Friday 3rd June 2016.

The team at Apricot Nursery in Peterborough wish you a happy half term and hope you have lots of fun. We will see you back on the 6th June 2016.

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