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At Orchard Trees we understand that true learning is a continuous process that only occurs when open and curious attention is given to a subject and there is time and freedom to explore, investigate and experiment. This is why we truly value PLAY. Whether learning to walk or developing number sense; children need the same opportunities to play and explore a subject in order to gain mastery. All children develop at their own rate and learn different concepts at different times, that is why we let children take the lead.



Baby Owls

0-2 Years
A cosy and nurturing space for our youngest children

Our caring team closely follow your individual child’s routine and build strong Key Person relationships with you and your child to help you both settle into the nursery routine. Your Key Person is always there for advice or to settle any nerves about leaving your little one for the first time (we know how hard this can be!).

We follow every child’s individual routine to make sure that they feel safe and secure within our care. We are more than happy to help you and your little one in all stages of weaning and if you choose to have nursery meals, we make a range of alternatives appropriate for each stage.

We LOVE sensory play! And our Baby Owls fill their days exploring our treasure baskets, tactile trays and sensory areas.


Little Owls

2-3 Years
A calming and wondrous space for our Toddlers

Children move to our Little Owls group when they turn 2 years old until their 3rd birthday.

Our fantastic Little Owls team build up your child’s independence and social skills at this key stage, giving them the tools to be able to make friendships and navigate their way through the tide of new emotions and skills that their they are learning every day!

The Little Owls room is an active environment which has spaces planned to develop the children’s curiosity and spark their love of learning. We love getting messy and everyday there is a new tactile experience to be had, whether it’s squishing the play-dough, feeling the gloopy slime or chopping up veggies in the home corner!


Wise Owls

3-5 Years
Preparing for School

We spend their final year before school making sure our Wise Owls are well prepared for the next step in their Learning Journey.

The Wise Owls have a large open plan room with direct access to the garden so that they can choose to be indoor or out at all times during the day.

Just like the other age groups, our Wise Owls have access to a wide range of open ended resources which they are free to explore how they choose.

As we prepare the Wise Owls for school we start more focused teaching time and take part in planned group time each day. This time ensures that children are well prepared for the structure of the school routine and to ensure that the group is working confidently in all areas of the EYFS.

Every Wise Owl gets their own book bag just like at school.



Here at Orchard Trees Nursery we are extremely lucky to be situated within such a great location. We are on the outskirts of the beautiful North Yorkshire village of Thorganby between Selby and York. Surrounded by countryside and a private estate we have wildlife in abundance and lots of great woodland to explore right here on our doorstep.

We also have a great garden and play area of our very own which offers our children a safe and secure way to play, explore and learn in the fresh air.