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About The Apple Trust

The Apple Trust was created in 2001 and is part of the St Gabriel's Community in Huyton Quarry, Merseyside. We work closely with St Gabriel's CE Primary School and St GAbriel's Church communities and our whole ethos is where children and people come first. Known locally as Little Apples our full title explains what we are about:

St Gabriel's Area Partnership enabling Play and Learning for Everyone

We are a place where anyone can come to play or learn. We provide full daycare for birth to four year olds and wrap around care for school ages 5 - 11years. We also provide facilities for partners delivering adult training and parental support and host other community groups who work closely with us to deliver a wide range of projects.

In March 2012, Ofsted inspected Little Apples (community centre site) and we were thrilled to be recognised as one of the top childcare providers in the UK, being judged OUTSTANDING IN ALL AREAS (to view the OFSTED report click here )

In April 2014, Ofsted returned to inspect our Neighbourhood Nursery site which provides 0-2 year old care. Under the new inspection regime we were categorised as a setting  which provides "good provision, effective in deliving childcare that meets the needs of all children well, ensuring children are ready for the next stage of their learning" To read the OFSTED report click here )


The Apple Trust is run by highly skilled managers and staff, overseen by committed directors from the community, and is a non-profit making social enterprise.



Our breakfast club, daycare, lunch and after school club provide much needed, affordable services. Parents and carers are able to return to employment, access further education and receive family support.

Some of our work includes working with older people and we have different events and clubs on offer. More details upon request.

The Apple Trust is committed to the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage and follows the guiding principles in shaping our setting. These are:

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

  • Every child is unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured;
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships;
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments, in which their experiences respond to their individual needs and there is a strong partnership between practitioners and parents and/or carers; and
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates. The framework covers the education and care of all children in early years provision, including children with special educational needs and disabilities.

Covering the areas of Learning and Development

  • Communication and Language
  • Physical Development
  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  • Literacy - encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write.
  • Mathematics - using numbers and simple addition and subtraction problems
  • Understanding of the World
  • Expressive Arts and Design

We do this through our daily activities and resources;

  • Sand and Water Play  
  • Paint  
  • Mark Making
  • Role Play 
  • Dough 
  • Story Corner
  • Small World Play
  • Construction  
  • Creative
  • Physical play 
  • Songs and Dance
  • Outdoor Play

help in assisting children in their playing and exploring, in their active learning and in creating and thinking critically

Children can also take part in regular baking and other activities in both small and large groups. All these activities are done with the support of our caring and trained staff.

We have a Sensory Room on site, which every child has access to. This room is enjoyed by both children and adults.

Healthy Eating

We promote healthy eating, both our snacks and meals are all freshly prepared daily on site using fresh produce. See sample menu link.

Water and Milk is provided with all meals and water is continually available throughout the day.

Oral Health

Children are encouraged to brush their teeth daily


Our commitment to inclusion guides every part of the organization, and we have are always delighted to welcome children with additional and special needs to our various projects. The Apple Trust is a key partner with portage and social services in the neighbourhood delivery of care to vulnerable young people.

Some testimonials from parents and partners:

  • "all children are highly valued" (Ofsted)
  • "the children are extremely happy, busy and thoroughly engaged in everything they do" (Ofsted 2012)
  • ...they enjoy "healthy and nutritious freshly prepared foods"(Ofsted)
  • ...they are cared for in "a warm, safe environment" (Ofsted)
  • ...the best nursery we have seen (parents)
  • ...there is a wonderful atmosphere, every child is happy, we have seldom seen negative behaviour and that is because of the care, attention and stimulation given by the staff. ( HCTS Vocational Training Provider)
  • staff are super role models (HCTS Vocational Training Provider)
  • my son has the chance to mix with other children, which has helped him a lot and given him confidence (parent)
  • ...we value highly the provision you offer for children and families and can't tell you how important it is for us to have settings of your quality.(Knowsley Children's Services Manager for Early Years)
  • ...having so many staff in the rooms does make me feel more confident that my child's individual needs are met, especially if they need some one to one attention, without compromising the care that the other children receive.
  • With having some male carers in the room for our oldest child my husband felt that there was a positive male influence in their care.

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