Little Seeds

Little Seeds 

Little Seeds is a dedicated learning environment for children aged 0 to 3 years.

Our unit is perfect for parents needing care and education for their little ones.

We offer flexible collection and drop-off times, between the hours of 8:30am and 3:30pm, Monday to Friday during Orchard Vale’s term time costing £5.50 per hour (£7.10 from September 2024).

Within Little Seeds the children’s wellbeing is paramount. We understand that each child is an individual with different needs, and that parents want to be there every step of the way. We work closely with parents to ensure that we provide a home-from-home environment, following the child’s normal home routines as closely as possible. Our highly qualified and experienced Early Years practitioners are there to support the care and development of every individual child. Our maximum of 7 children with 2 practitioners, ensures that all children get highly personalised, loving care and education.

Our dedicated learning environment is equipped with a wide range of equipment and resources, which encourage development across all areas of learning for children aged 0-3. We are proud to say that the children in our care are calm, happy and confident, and they leave us as independent, socially confident individuals.

The Early Years Practitioners encourage integration within the Nursery setting. This allows our Little Seeds to socialise and make use of the facilities within the nursery, building positive relations with the nursery staff, ensuring a seamless transition.

Our Little Seeds also have access to a fenced outdoor play area which we share with the nursery. We also pay visits to the Forest School learning facility, as well as additional school facilities such as the cookery room, music room and school hall. The children get to know the school very well.

If you are interested in finding out more about what we can offer you and your child, please ring 01271 375074 and ask to speak to Karen Thurlow.


Little Seeds & Nursery

Allocation Process 2023


If you have submitted an application for our Little Seeds Baby Unit or Nursery you will be contacted by Heidi Stacey, our Early Years Administrator as follows:


For Autumn intake, you shall be contacted during the second half of the Summer Term (around June) for a September start date. 


For Spring intake, you shall be contacted during the second half of the Autumn Term (around November) for a January start date.


For Summer intake, you shall be contacted during the second half of the Spring Term (around the end of February) for an April start date. 


Heidi will discuss availability with you and try to accommodate your requirements, you will receive written confirmation of your child's place and sessions.


You will be offered a chance to come with your child to visit our Nursery/Little Seeds and meet our teachers and teaching assistants.


Your sessions are fixed for a term unless there are exceptional circumstances and they need to be changed.


If you wish to apply for a place in either Little Seeds or Nursery please visit our website by clicking here and download an application form. Alternatively, you can collect one from the school office.



  • Mrs Thurlow

    Little Seeds Practitioner - Lead

  • Miss Barrett

    Little Seeds Practitioner

  • Mrs Quilter

    Teaching Assistant/PPA Cover