Where curious minds create awe and wonder for everyone


Where curious minds create awe and wonder for everyone

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Food & Nutrition

We serve delicious home cooked meals inspired by a variety of different cultures. As a result, our children get to discover an exciting range of tastes, smells and textures. By keeping our menus interesting we aim to teach our children that trying new food is exciting, not scary, and that healthy ingredients can be transformed into something amazing! Our menus rotate on a four-week basis, to ensure your child can enjoy a wide range of high-quality food. They are also designed for inclusion and we offer options to support dietary/allergy requirements and cultural preferences.

Children who bring packed lunches are encouraged to follow our healthy eating policy.


We find this is the topic that can cause parent/carers the most anxiety. We spend lots of time with you, asking you questions and getting to know your child’s personal routine. We follow that routine at nursery as best we can. Sometimes in a different environment, babies will adopt their own routine, slightly different to home. Your child will be provided with bottles and offered sleep time at the times you have established in your routine at home. Some babies have no routine; others have a very strict one. We will work with you to ensure you and your child are happy.


Calm tranquil rest is a prerequisite for babies and younger children. Each child has their own bed linen which is regularly laundered in house. We operate rigid and recorded checking procedures to ensure constant safety and care for your child following our safer sleep policy.  At all times we endeavour to adhere to your desired and established sleep patterns and routines.

Older children are also offered sleeps and if they need to nap, they can do so on our sleep mats, whenever they need to.

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Parent/Carer Partnerships

We pride ourselves on the partnerships we build with our parents and carers.  We see the child’s learning journey through our nurseries as a time of sharing experiences and information between the nursery staff and parents.

We enjoy a range of activities that vary between the nurseries, but all hold parents weeks/meetings and opportunities for you to come into nursery e.g bake sales, afternoon tea, fairs. We have found that these give us the opportunity to talk and get to know each other, this then helps us to ensure each child is cared for individually.


How early do I need to put my child’s name down for a place?

We recommend as soon as possible to secure your place as the nurseries can fill up very fast.

How do I book a place for my child?

You can contact our nursery managers by telephone or email to arrange to have a look around the nursery and complete the paperwork.

Can my child visit before starting their sessions?

To ensure a smooth transition into nursery we recommend at least 3 settling-in visits for all children to enable them to adapt to their new surroundings and to meet staff and children in the room. Where possible, we suggest this is done over 2 weeks to ensure there is time if required, to increase the number of visits.

How often are your nurseries inspected by Ofsted?

OFSTED inspections take place approximately once every cycle, this is normally between 2 and 5 years. New settings are inspected with 2½ years of opening.

Are all staff DBS (police checked)?

Yes, all staff have to have a DBS check completed when they first start at Lime Tree Nursery. All staff are signed up to the DBS update service which allows us to regular check there have been no changes to the DBS status.

Do all staff currently hold a relevant level 3 qualification?

Our staff are qualified to Level 3 in childcare or higher. Staff who do not hold a level 3 qualification are currently studying towards one on our apprenticeship programme.

Are all the staff First aid trained?

All our staff are first aid trained.

How will my child’s progress be checked throughout nursery?

Every child is allocated a key person who will get to know and develop a special bond with your child. They will plan activities based on your child’s interests and complete their learning development journal through observation and link to progress within the EYFS. You will be able to access this through the Family app.

My child has special educational needs and disability (SEND), can they still attend Lime Tree Nursery

They most certainly can. We are a fully inclusive nursery and will adapt our care to the individual needs of each child who attends, where possible. At Lime Tree Nursery, in addition to the SENDCo (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Coordinator) based in the nursery, we have a SEND team who provide support, advice and guidance to the Nursery SENDCo for those children who present with additional needs.

How often will my child play outside?

We go outside daily in all-weathers within nursery and where children have direct access to the outdoors we operate free flow play (children choose whether they want to play inside or out).

Do you go for walk/trips?

Yes, it’s important that the children learn about their the local community. We go out on local walks to the park, to visit the library etc.

How can I pay for my childcare fees?

We accept payment by bank transfer, cash and childcare vouchers. We are registered with most childcare voucher companies for parents who receive childcare vouchers through work.

Do you offer 2,3 & 4yr old funded places?

Yes, we offer funded places for eligible 2 year olds, and 3-4 year olds are eligible for 15 and 30 hours free childcare. You can read more about Tax Free Childcare and funded places here (link to more info).

Is there a family discount available if you have more than one child attending the nursery?

Yes, if you have siblings at nursery, there will be a reduction in fees. Please speak to the Nursery Manager at your nursery for more details.

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