About Us

Apple Tree Day Nursery was established in 1984 as the NHS nursery for West Park Hospital. Today we are run by Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust but open to children from any family. We have vast experience and are confident in offering a safe place for your child to learn, play and grow.

Our Fees

Our fees are very competitive compared to privately run nurseries and we have discounted rates for NHS employees. Get in touch to find out our latest prices.

Opening Times

We are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 6pm for full-days only.
We are closed on all bank holidays and between Christmas Day and New Year. We do not charge for closures. For further details, contact us for a copy of our brochure

Our Team

We employ both male and female nursery staff and helpers of different ages. All of our carers are Disclosure and Barring Service checked and our permanent staff are first aid trained. The majority have recognised childcare qualifications and many have advanced childcare qualifications. To ensure continuity for the children under our care, we never use agency staff and have very low rates of staff turnover. Read more about our senior team.

Our Approach

We like our nursery to be a home from home and provide a wide range of fun and creative activities to help your child progress, home-cooked food prepared on the premises and lots of outdoor space to run around in.

We have four rooms, each providing childcare appropriate for a different age.

Hedgehogs (3 months to 2 years)

Moles(2 years to 2 and a half / 3 years)

Badgers (2 and a half years to 5 years)


New children are always offered at least two settling-in periods to get to know their practioner and other children in their room. If necessary, additional settling-in sessions can be arranged to make the transition as easy as possible.These sessions also give parents the chance to meet the staff who will be caring for their child, to ask any questions, and to discuss any special arrangements.

Key Person

Every child is assigned a key person who closely monitors their development and creates an individual plan to help them progress. This person is also a single point of contact for parents. We provide parents with basic feedback when they collect their child but can arrange a separate meeting should there be a need to discuss any issues in greater depth.

Involving you

We value parent/carer feedback and involve you throughout your child’s experience with us.

We are in the process of rolling out the Tapestry Online Learning Journal. This is a secure online record of your child’s progress in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Parents and nursery staff can work on this together and chart how your child is progressing.

Parent consultations give us the chance to talk about things in depth. We also hold occasional information evenings on key childcare topics that parents/carers find interesting such as school readiness or sleep training.

Every term, we ask parent/carer representatives from each room to meet with our senior management team. Together, we review what we are doing and identify areas where we can improve e.g. looking at our facilities or fundraising opportunities.

Parents, carers and children can also give us feedback through our annual survey. Find out more about what parents say about us.

Our Policies

We have a comprehensive range of policies and procedures with detailed information relating to:

  • Safeguarding Children
  • Health and Safety
  • Security
  • Fire Procedures
  • Illnesses
  • Medication
  • Hygiene
  • Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)
  • Behaviour Management
  • Equal Opportunities
  • Sun Protection
  • Sleep Safety

When your child starts at the nursery you will be emailed a copy of our main policies and procedures. Copies can also be requested by parents at any time.

Our local Sure Start Children’s Centre

Sure Start Children’s Centres deliver services to children under 5 and their families and aim to improve Early Years outcomes for all children. They offer advice and support on a wide range of topics such as returning to work, further education/adult learning, finding childcare, family support, family and children’s health and much more. Our local centre is St Martin’s Children’s Centre in Worple Road.