A good nursery relies on professional, passionate and committed staff, we invite you to meet our friendly team below
The Orange Tree Day Nurseries are owned and run by Jacqui Mason. With over 25 years experience in the childcare sector Jacqui is able to ensure a safe, friendly and encouraging environment for children to develop and learn.
“For over 25 years I have worked within the childcare sector. In 1988 I started as a trainee nursery nurse and since then have held a variety of positions including Nursery Manager, Regional Manager, Training Co-Ordinator, Head of Operations, Project Manager and until recently Managing Director of a group of 15 nurseries with a Cache accredited Training Academy.
I have worked closely within many settings evaluating practice, developing and implementing improvement plans, training staff and working with management teams.
Whilst with the company 12 of the 15 nurseries received 'Outstanding Ofsted Outcomes' across all areas and in 2011 I led the company to become Chamber of Commerce 'Nottingham Business of the Year' and 'Derbyshire People Development and Excellence'.
I am currently the Chairperson of Derbyshire Network National Day Nurseries Association and for many years have worked strategically with Local Authorities influencing the decision making that affects the childcare sector.
It is my belief that children deserve the highest quality of care and learning experiences through the provision of high quality, well trained and highly skilled people who are passionate about working with children.
At The Orange Tree Day Nursery we provide the very best to your children. Our ethos is that a child's time with us will be great fun and because they are happy they will naturally learn and develop.”
I first started working alongside Jacqui when I started my nursery nurse training in 2001. Over the years I completed my NVQ level 3 and then went on to do senior, deputy, management and leadership training. I then went on to join Jacqui at The Orange Tree Day Nursery in Mickleover when when she took the nursery over in March 2013.
Whilst working with Jacqui I have been set many challenges and given many opportunities to develop myself, constantly learning new things along the way. I have always been more than satisfied with my own professional development and very happy with my job.
I am a very passionate nursery practioner and hope I inspire other nursery nurses to be passionate and proud of the work that we do, and encourage new families to make that brave first step of bringing their children to the nursery for the first time to start the education of their children.
As well as working full time and managing a thriving nursery I am also a full time mum to my 2 year old daughter. She attends The Orange Tree Day Nursery and absolutely loves her time here and enjoys all the exciting experiences and opportunities she has offered to her.
The Orange Tree Day Nurseries have to be seen to be believed. We welcome you to visit our nurseries at any time and we look forward to showing you round.