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Frequently Asked Questions

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No. Apples and Honey is a Jewish nursery that welcomes children of all faiths and none, while being centred on the values and traditions of Judaism. Many of our themes are drawn from the Jewish year as we bring the festivals to life through art, songs and dance. We are fortunate to be situated in London with its rich mix of faiths and cultures. We love to learn about the many traditions and experiences of our children and their families and to integrate these into our Jewish faith based curriculum.

We believe that Apples and Honey should be genuinely accessible to children and families from all sections of the local community. We aim to ensure that all sections of our community have access to the setting through open, fair and clearly communicated procedures.

  • Siblings of children currently attending the nursery
  • The faith of the child, priority being given to those of the Jewish faith
  • The specific needs of the child
  • The date on which the family have completed and submitted an Apples and Honey enrolment form
  • Proximity to Apples and Honey Nursery

We are a small nursery school dedicated to meeting the particular needs of children from 2.5 to 5 years old.

The nursery is open, term time only, for 38 weeks in the year. Our core hours are 9.30 am to 12.30 pm 5 mornings a week and from the age of 3, the children can bring a non-meat packed lunch and stay until 2.00pm, Mondays to Thursdays inclusive. Children attend a minimum of three days a week. See our term dates.

By exploring the wonders of language, science, numeracy and all aspects of the world around them the children develop a love for learning. Together they bake, build, sing, dance, imagine, explore, create and so much more.

We have two spacious and well-equipped classrooms and a dedicated outside play area with climbing frames, ride-on toys, and a large sand pit. As learning is experiential, we supplement our nursery-based work with outings to farms, theatres, libraries and other local places of interest.

We operate to a very high ratio of well-qualified staff acknowledging the requirement of the EYFS. Those ratios being:

  • One staff for every 3 children aged 0-2 years
  • One staff for every 4 children aged 2-3 years
  • One staff for every 8 children aged 3-5 years

However we normally maintain a much higher level of staffing ratios enabling the children to receive individual attention and develop at their own pace. Our team is highly qualified and experienced. To meet them, click here

Apples and Honey Nursery is a registered nursery education provider. We are in receipt of Government funding. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of flexible early education for 38 weeks of the year completely free of charge. We will claim this on your behalf the term after your child’s third birthday and it will be deducted from your invoice.

The remaining balance of fees covers the high staff to children ratios, the highly qualified staff and the Jewish Studies that are integral to the Apples and Honey curriculum.

We also offer the 30 Hour Funding that is available to parents who meet the much stricter government eligibility guidelines.

Yes we do. If we are not already registered with your scheme we will help you to do so. Please be aware, these are being phased out and replaced with:

Tax Free Childcare
This is a government initiative which aims to help eligible parents with childcare costs. If you’re a working parent with children under 12 (or under 17 for disabled children), you can open an online account to pay for registered childcare. The government will top-up the money you pay into the account.

Schedule of Fees for the Financial Year 2020/2021

£23.50 per session 9.30 a.m. to 12.30 a.m

£11.75 per extended session*​ until 2pm

There is no charge when the nursery is closed for religious festivals, holidays and bank holidays. One additional session will be charged termly for in-service training sessions for teaching staff.

At Apples and Honey Nursery we passionately believe that children benefit from being taken out of the nursery to go on visits or trips to local places or other suitable venues for activities which enhance their learning experiences. As such we build into our curriculum a wide variety of outings which seek to support this. We anticipate four chargeable trips will take place across the academic year. These charges will be added to your invoice.

Security is a main focus for the design and building of our nursery and its outside play areas. We have security cameras which monitor the main entrance and approach, together with the car park area. An audio and visual door entry locking system provides additional security and we have a security guard during opening hours.

The collection of the children is by a known, authorised parent/carer or guardian. We will not let the children leave with someone we have not been previously introduced to unless specifically informed by the parents.

We are registered for 30 children from 2 years to rising 5 (just before they go to school).

No, we do not currently offer before or after school care.

The nursery promotes healthy eating and we provide the children with a selection of fruit and vegetables and carbohydrates every day for their morning snack as well as a choice of milk or water.

Children bring their own packed lunch. Apples and Honey is a kosher nursery. All food brought into the nursery should conform to the rules of the synagogue building. It should not include gelatine, any animal fats or shellfish and should have a symbol stating that it is suitable for vegetarians.

We exclude all products that contain allergens that affect our children.

We operate a key worker system and staff maintain a close relationship with parents and carers and we are always available to meet with you to discuss your child’s progress, either in person or, when that is not possible, on Zoom. The parents’ forum meets regularly; we hold formal parents’ evenings and take great care in keeping a detailed written and pictorial record of the children’s work and achievements, producing a full end-of-year report.