Provision for 2-3 year olds

Children join our Sapling group from the age of two years old.  Our Sapling group is planned to meet the changing needs and interests of our two-year old’s.  We plan a variety of open-ended resources and activities in an enabling and vibrant environment to captivate children’s interest and excitement.  We work with our Saplings to build confidence and resilience, helping to build independence and helping our children to thrive. 

A day in Saplings…

  • 8:30 Continuous provision play Starts with self-registration and a free choice session in which the children decide where and what to do in the main room/nature garden. Staff will be very happy to help you to settle your child if needed, please do not hesitate to ask. The staff will be available on the door if you need to discuss anything at this time too.
  • 9:45 Registration/circle time morning greeting song, children will be doing a variety of activities. These sessions will be short and involve lots of interaction and children will be encouraged to develop listening and concentration skills as well as getting to know each other better.
  • 10 Continuous provision play supported by main activity of week Which staff support children to develop their learning by choosing from the activities/areas available and then to explore either on their own, with a friend, in a group with or without an adult.
  • 10:30 snack During this time children have an opportunity to learn about food, aspects of healthy lifestyle and to develop their language and social skills.
  • 10:45 Exploration, play and investigation Children are encouraged to explore the world around them using their senses.  From listening walks, to exploring simple concepts such a space, shape and measure. 
  • 12:00 Rhyming, songs, stories. This is a time when we encourage the children to focus and listen to the adult and to other children as well as to participate.
  • 12:30 Lunch
  • Afternoon continuous provision play support by main activity, 3pm afternoon snack.

Sapling’s outdoor environment

Our Sapling children have use of the Nature Garden and when weather allows, we will often run our whole session outdoors.  Our Nature Garden has been purpose built to meet the needs and requirements of our children.  All the areas of learning are covered in our dedicated outdoor space.  Children are encouraged to actively learn and develop through exploration, investigation, and play.  This safe dedicated space allows children to take risks and test out their ideas. 

Saplings indoor environment

Our indoor environment is carefully planned to meet all the areas of learning.  Children are encouraged to explore and investigate building independence and confidence.  We plan to meet children’s interests and needs and will carefully select toys and equipment to cater to our individual children. 


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:

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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