Our Pledge

We aim to create a safe, secure place where all children, families and staff feel valued, empowered, and happy to grow and learn together. At Orchard Preschool children actively learn through play and develop independence, confidence, and self-esteem, skillfully supported by qualified practitioners who seek to foster a lifelong love of learning through play.

We believe that…

  • Parents and families are the first and most enduring educators of their children. Parent’s contributions are the foundations upon which we build and extend children’s learning.
  • All children are unique individuals who learn and develop in different ways and at different rates.
  • Every child has the right to have their individual needs recognised and fulfilled.
  • Children’s opinions and interests must be listened to, recognised, valued and responded to.
  • Children should know that their ideas and contributions are listened to and valued.
  • Children are active learners who learn through playing and interacting with a wide variety of open-ended resources in an enabling and vibrant environment.
  • All children should be able to choose whether to play inside or outside.
  • All children should be encouraged to make independent choices.
  • All children should be supported to manage their own self-care.
  • All children should learn about and be encouraged to adopt active, healthy lifestyles.
  • All children should be encouraged to experience risk and challenge in a safe and secure environment.
  • Every member of staff is important, and their contribution is valued.
  • The quality of the interaction between practitioners and children impacts upon the well-being and development of children.
  • Children need and deserve practitioners who are well qualified and committed to providing highest quality early years care and education. Practitioners must understand how children learn and develop and how to support individual children’s learning.
  • Children thrive within the context of warm, caring relationships with trusted adults.
  • Practitioners and volunteers working with children must be enthusiastic, committed, knowledgeable and empathetic team members.
  • Children should learn about different people in their community and all around the world in a way that they can understand and relate to.
  • Children need support to play and learn together, so that they learn to co-operate, resolve conflict, and make friends.

We therefore commit to…

  • Give every child a Key Person who will build a trusting, warm relationship with the child and family, and co-ordinate the child’s care and learning.
  • Listen to and observe children playing and learning to find out as much as possible about what each child:
    • Knows.
    • Can do.
    • Is interested in.
  • Plan activities and experiences to meet each child’s individual needs and interests.
  • Provide opportunities for a wide range of play activities, both indoor and outdoor, using a variety of open-ended resources.
  • Ensure children have the opportunity to make independent choices about where they play and learn.
  • Provide opportunities for children to progress in all aspects of their development including
    • Communication and Language.
    • Physical Development.
    • Personal, Social and Emotional Development.
    • Literacy.
    • Mathematics.
    • Understanding the World.
    • Expressive Arts and Design.
  • Sensitively help children to become confident and independent in their personal care.
  • Provide a range of activities and experiences that are risk assessed; and teach children to recognise and manage risk for themselves.
  • Seek to develop genuine partnerships with parents, and work together to help their children to learn.


Orchard Preschool offers nature based early years care and education for children aged one until they are ready to go to school.

Get in Touch

Get in touch to discuss your needs or book a visit:

e: orchardpreschool@gmail.com
t: 01647 277546
Lustleigh Village Hall, Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, TQ13 9TA

Opening Hours

8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
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