AppleThe Apples room is the first experience of nursery for many children. A safe place to explore, where lots of hugs and physical affection create strong relationships between nurses and 'their' children. In this room they will start to experience group singing, dancing, finger rhymes and regular story times to encourage concentration. Toys and activities are frequently changed in order to provide constant stimulation and variety, whilst daily art and messy exploration activities extend the children's experiences of texture. Early applications should be made for this room, as many children are registered before their birth!

Disclosure and Barring Checks

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring checks are processed for all members of staff, and are regularly updated.

Caroline Ratchford

Caroline 2017After spending some years gaining experience in nannying and working in other local nurseries, we were fortunate to appoint Caroline in 2001.

Caroline is a calm, gentle and reliable member of staff who is NNEB trained.  She has a daughter, Ella, and son, Alex.

The children are relaxed and settle quickly..."



SophieSophie came to Monkton in June 2016, recommended by one of our own staff. She has proved to more than live up to expectations and has proved to be a valuable addition to our baby room. Sophie is qualified to Level 3 and has a BA Honours degree in Education Studies.

Joanne Walker-Shaw: Head of Room

Joanne 2017Joanne is the lead practitioner in our Apples room. Originally she trained at Monkton in 1997, leaving to take up positions of promotion, eventually becoming a Nursery Manager before entering retail management. We are delighted that Joanne returned to Monkton and also takes the role as our SENCO representative, overseeing any children with different needs. She has a young daughter, Charlie.

Anna Ryan

Anna1Joining Monkton with 11 years of experience working with the younger age range, Anna is qualified to NVQ Level 3 and arrived with us in July 2014. We feel fortunate to have found her and look forward to keeping her for at least the next 11 years!


Leonie 2017Leonie has four school age children and has been working at Monkton for over a year, assisting in the kitchen and acting as our "supply" staff.

"Thank you to everyone in Apples who has been so amazing with Q..... He has enjoyed every minute of his time with you and has developed and grown up so much thanks to your love, time and dedication. He will miss you all, love, Q.... and family"

Parent 2015