About Us

Little Orchard Montessori Nursery was started by Jane Tuson in 1981, the current proprietors took over in September 2005.  Due to demand and a need for full day care in January 2011 the nursery moved to the old school site at Sparkwell. We are delighted that our second nursery opened in the grounds of Woodlands Park Primary School Ivybridge in January 2015 and our third opened in Ivybridge Town in March 2016. All three nurseries are open for 51 weeks of the year closing only for Bank holidays and approximately a week over the Christmas and New Year period. The nurseries offer term time only spaces for funded two year olds and over three's.


Tracey Bruce – Director/ Head of Learning
Tracey is a fully qualified childcare professional holding the International Montessori Diploma, BA in Early Years, Certificate in Early Years Practice, ILM Business Management level 5, with a wealth of experience and knowledge in a variety of child care settings. Tracey began her career as a nanny in the local area as well as Bristol and London for media professionals. Tracey gave up work to start her own family, and fell in love with the Montessori philosophy when seeking the best for her children. It has been her lifelong ambition to own her own Montessori nurseries.

Caroline Lucas – Director/ Business Manager

Caroline is a fully qualified childcare professional holding the International Montessori Diploma, Certificate in Early Years Practice, NNEB Diploma and ILM  Business Management Level 4.  During her college education, Caroline became inspired by the Montessori philosophy and its benefits for children. Caroline has worked in the local area as a nanny for professional families and at a Montessori nursery. She is now very proud to be the owner of her own Montessori nurseries.

“Maria Montessori and her ground breaking educational methods fascinate, amaze and inspire, and we are delighted to be able to offer this education philosophy in our nursery.”

Tracey and Caroline are both Montessori qualified and regularly attend short courses and study days to ensure they remain current on all issues regarding the provision of early year’s education.

Above all we respect the children we care for, are pleasant and polite at all times and are responsive to the needs of the individual child.