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Welcome to The orange Tree Day Nursery @ Mickleover 'Where Children Blossom'

Mickleover​ Nursery

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A welcome letter from our Proprietor

I am a mum of four children and understand the difficult, emotional and challenging decision you are about to make. The Orange Tree Day Nurseries are small family orientated nurseries where we believe that each child deserves only the very best care and learning opportunities. We understand that your child is unique, so our passionate, experienced and highly skilled nursery team will be committed to working with you to meet your child's individual needs.

​We will always listen to you, work with you and respect your wishes so that we can provide a seamless approach to ensuring your child learns and is happy and has fun whilst at nursery.

Please feel welcome to call us at anytime to arrange a visit, we look forward to meeting you ...

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Welcome To The Orange Tree Day Nursery @ Mickleover

Come with us and see what it is like in our Nursery. Explore the different rooms and look at what we get up to and all the fun we have!

Our Nursery

Caterpillars 1.jpgAt The Orange Tree Day Nursery we have made sure that when you visit our nursery you will feel warm and at home.  Whilst at our day nursery your child will be part of a small family group looked after by an experienced and familiar key person.

Your key person is an essential part of our nursery experience. Both you and your child will develop a relationship with your key person helping to promote positive communication. Caterpillars 2.jpgYour child's key person will track their development and ensure that they are provided with planned activities that will challenge and excite them to achieve their next steps and make the most of their potential. All our children are encouraged to share, be kind and play with each other. This helps to develop the communication skills necessary for your child to thrive in school and at home.

Meal times are a special time where positive social skills are encouraged and older children have opportunity to self manage.  Most of all we have fun, if children feel happy, secure and challenged they will naturally develop into confident well rounded young people.

Our Baby Suite

Baby Suite.jpgOur beautiful Baby Suite is a place of peace and tranquility where your baby will be treasured and nurtured by passionate highly skilled practitioners.  Babies are constantly stimulated with music and singing, sensory experiences and heuristic play.  

​Babies have their own protected out door space where they can play in the fresh air whilst watching the older children at play.

​Our cook provides healthy nutritious meals which are planned carefully to specifically  meet our babies dietary needs.

Our Wise Owls Early Years Unit for 3-5 Year Olds

large_4_0.jpgOur Pre-School is led by a qualified teacher, activities are planned to incorporate play led learning whilst continuing to focus on your child's emotional needs. 

We strive to encourage your child to develop confidence, independence and to be sociable and happy.  Skills that will enable them to ask questions, find the answers and have the ability to manage future challenges. large_3_0.jpg

Our low 1:8 staff ratios will ensure your child has one to one adult attention should they require support.  By capturing your child's interest and enthusiasm together we will see them flourish.  

Our IT Suite encourages children to develop skills and a sound understanding of  how to use technology and gadgets.

Our Tree House for 4-12 Year Olds

Treehouse Balcony.jpgBreakfast club and take to school from 7.30am

After school, collect from school, tea and fun activities until 6.30pm

Holiday Clubs during all school holidays 7.30am - 6.30pm

The Tree House has been designed specifically  for children who attend school and when school is out can relax with friends, take part in some fun activitie and enjoy trips to places of interest.  Children are able to access our amazing outdoor space at all times.

Life Outdoors

Orchard_0.jpgOur Derby Day Nursery is blessed with an amazing outdoor space which provides fantastic learning and challenging opportunities to our children. 

Children enjoy being outdoors in all weather, they enjoy building snowmen in the Winter, sweeping and collecting leaves in the Autumn and picnics and sports days in the Spring and Summer.

Children learn about their environment, bird watching, nature trails, and growing their own vegetables.  

​Equipment provides physical challenge and our 1st Ball Sport sessions promote their gross motor skills and co-ordination.


Activities/Parent Partnership

medium_keyworkers.jpgDuring the very difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic we have been setting small tasks to keep our children learning and having fun at home.



Here are some of the activities we set!

A Nature Hunt

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"Our son has been attending Orange Tree Day Nursery since he was one and this year he is preparing to start school. I look back at when I first came to visit, we entered the building and it felt like a breath of fresh air and the welcome we received from the staff was also encouraging.

We visited a few nurseries before we arrived at Orange Tree. Immediately I knew it was the one for me. I also needed my son to want to be here too, and he took to it like a duck to water. One of the staff members held her hands out to him, and to my astonishment, my son, who was quite shy, ran over to her.  As a first time mum, I had to know my child’s welfare came first with staff. I felt a great sense of relief once I met with management and the team.  After being shown around the nursery we progressed to the outdoor space which was huge and impressive and it has improved each year.

As my son advanced from Caterpillar room, which he loved, to Butterfly room, his confidence and knowledge developed significantly. He transitioned to preschool where he excelled with the input of his key workers and support team. In such a short period of time he learnt his colours, numbers, letters and some Spanish, his progression has gone from strength to strength. Throughout my son’s time at Orange Tree I have found all staff to be approachable and very supportive.

If you choose The Orange Tree as your nursery, you will not be disappointed. Excellent staff put your child’s needs first and it boasts excellent indoor facilities and resources. It is an environment where they make learning fun as well as practical such as watching chicks hatch from eggs and butterflies from cocoons. There is a fantastic outdoor learning environment which is second to none, including animals, messy play and some things you’ll just have to see for yourselves.

This was one of the best decisions we’ve made. Our son’s progress has been considerable. Although it is a shame he has to leave, Orange Tree have prepared him well for his next chapter." - Pauline B.


We arrived 2 years ago in Derby from Switzerland, our 3 kids didn’t speak a word of English, they arrived from another culture and all their mark was all mixed up because of this huge change. 

After having visited few nurseries, the Orange Tree was the choice at the first site! First because of the nice space the kids could have, and this independent from their age and being inside or outside, and of course mainly from kindness and professionalism they were showing us as reliable and all the skills needed when you are in charge of kids.

Our kids love to go there, they learn, they laugh, they make friends, sings along together, they also learn rules, being in society and all this under a kind watch.

They have been, and still are, the prolongation of our parent education, so I can just recommend this nursery as very positively! - Steph

How to Find Us

The nursery is located in a beautiful, rural setting where children can experience amazing outdoor challenges with opportunities to explore and learn about nature and the environment in which they live. The nursery is easily accessible from Derby, Mickleover and is seconds from the A38 and A516. The nursery provides a private car park area with plenty of space.



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What do Ofsted think?

Ofsted say our nurseries are 'GOOD' in all areas.

This is just a snippet of what Ofsted said about us:-

- Staff have a good understanding of children's learning and development

- Children's interests and suggestions are taken into account

- There is a strong focus on developing effective partnerships with parents

- Staff are calm and promote a friendly atmosphere with each room

- Children have good relationships with each other and are kind and caring

- Parents and carers are complimentary about the information they receive about the running of the nursery

- Both indoor and outdoor environments are bright, attractive and appealing place to play with well laid out resources

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