returning to nursery

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.

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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.

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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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Parents to work longer following new childcare hours

According to a recent survey by the National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA), pre-school parents could start to increase the amount of time they spend at work when the Government introduces 30 hours of free childcare per week.

The plan is set to be piloted in parts of the UK during 2016. NDNA’s Free Childcare Survey 2015 is the first study of its kind to get the opinion of parents about the new 30 hour allowance. The study was carried out on Netmums, and revealed that as many as four in five families plan to make full use of the extended hours for children aged three to four.

More than 50% of survey participants revealed that they would look for more work to be eligible for the free childcare provision. On top of this, 75% of parents who are not currently in employment said they would consider looking for work.

Chief executive of NDNA, Purnima Tanuku, said: “The results show that the Government’s offer of more childcare hours is wanted and needed and already eagerly anticipated. The survey also suggests that reform will encourage more parents to work more hours, bringing the economic boost the Government wants.”

Information published by the Department for Education specifies that more than 1.3 million three and four year olds could be entitled to receive 30 hours of free childcare. The new provision could result in thousands of parents looking for extra work.

NDNA highlights the need for the nursery sector to receive support from the Government, in addition to improved funding and a consultation with childcare professionals in order to successfully provide 30 hours of free childcare.

The study of 1,000 parents and carers of children aged under five throughout the UK found that, 71% of families were already using day nurseries and more than 80% of families consisted of two working parents. Many of those surveyed said they would use their free time to work, whilst some said they would like to study to help them progress or further their careers.

Anne-Marie O’Leary, editor in chief of Netmums, said: “The proposed 30 free hours should – if properly funded – help make childcare more affordable for parents of three and four year olds, improve the choices UK parents have and ensure work pays for many more mums and dads.”

If you are looking for day nurseries and childcare in the Peterborough area, Apricot Nursery can help. Call us on 01733 390 969 for more information.

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

A new study has shown that the UK would rank much higher in the international pupil performance tables had a universal pre-school education system been established in the 1990’s.

Pupil performance is boosted by pre-school education systems

Researchers have estimated that the UK’s 15-year-olds would have been ranked higher on the PISA literacy test had they all experienced more than a year of pre-schooling. This claim is based on an analysis of the test scores and their correlation with the early educational experience of pupils in the UK.

The study shows that the benefit of pre-school provision is visible for all social groups, with children from the lowest socio-economic groups gaining the most from a universal pre-school scheme. Only 54% of those participants in the bottom socio-economic group had received pre-school education, in stark comparison with 73% in the most advantaged group.

The findings support the Government’s focus on extending pre-school provision. All three and four year olds are already entitled to 15 hours of free pre-school education for 38 weeks of the year.

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


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 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