Pear Tree Childcare

  • North Camp01252 523029
  • Pirbright01483 797554
  • Farnborough01252 912085
  • Totton023 8086 4894
  • Eling023 8086 6763

About Pear Tree Childcare

Our website reflects the ethos of our nurseries fun, caring, personal, yet with a professional approach. If you’ve visited any of our day nurseries, I’m sure you’ll agree what a homely, warm and friendly environment we have created.

We hope this website goes some way to reflect and recreate this “virtually” for all our online visitors.


Our first nursery was based in Pirbright. When we took over in 2004 it was in a bit of a sorry state, needless to say it was a baptism of fire and a steep learning curve.


We then came to Pear Tree Day Nursery in North Camp when the current owners decided it was time to retire to the South of France - Sue and Mike still keep in touch today as are very proud of their time at the helm and indeed it's constant development.


Pebbles Day Nursery arrived to us 2011 to complete the trio in the Farnborough / Pirbright area. All these three nurseries work closely with each other to share good practice and staff teams.


In November 2017 we took over our fourth nursery, this time on the south coast in Totton, renaming it Pinecones and offering a full refurbishment, refit and a new staff team. Lastly in April 2018 we acquired Stepping Stones Day Nursery in Eling, Southampton which is an Ofsted Outstanding setting - the staff team remaining unchanged and are working alongside us to develop all areas of the nursery.


We're very lucky to have an excellent staff team, led by our area manager Emily Suttling. Emily has been at the forefront of the recent group wide nursery renovations and expansions and is our Curiosity Champion. She makes sure all the children area nurtured and loved in their own nurseries while helping the managers develop the nurseries with loose parts, risky play and creating amazing learning environments.


Each manager has full control of day to day activities and are able to create their own staff teams, they've done an amazing job of getting the right together to care for your children.


Other notable people to mention are Marie Anderson, who heads up our head office and admin department and the Nursery Director Neil Dudman, who is always in and out of the settings making sure we're meeting the highest of standards!


Happy Staff are what we all strive for in the Pear Tree Childcare, we know that a happy settled staff team ensure that your child will be the same - In fact we even offer a Happiness Guarantee, allowing your child unlimited settling in sessions until they are completely happy and secure.


So, sit back, grab a cup of tea and have a good look around.


Neil Dudman

Emily Suttling

Nursery Director

Good Egg

Area Manager

Curious Champ






I cannot fault Pebbles in any way shape or form. My daughter has been going to Pebbles since summer 2014 and she loves it! The staff changes which took place approx 1 year ago have significantly improved the nursery and I think the Ofsted report reflects the hard work and dedication of the staff. All team members are fully engaged and you can genuinely tell they have real affection for the children that attend - my daughter certainly has a soft spot for her key worker. They provide a fun and secure setting for my daughter and provide healthy and nutritious meals, courtesy of their amazing cook with the odd treat when its someones birthday. I also like that the staff consistently keep me up to date with my daughters progress whether that's when I go to collect her or through Tapestry. Nothing is too much trouble even if I'm asking the same questions. I feel involved in my daughters attendance and what is going on whether its an up and coming event such as Sports Day or a quick catch up. I love knowing that my child is happy for the time she is at Pebbles and genuinely feel that she will miss it terribly come September 2016 but I also feel that her readiness to start 'big school' is mostly down to the amazing staff. I genuinely cannot praise the girls there enough. When we were having a few toddler hiccups, my daughters key worker took the time to sit down and discuss some things we could try both at nursery and at home. The improvement although wasn't an overnight fix, the longer term outcome has been extremely positive. If anyone is looking for childcare, I would strongly and highly recommend you make an appointment with the team at Pebbles, you won't regret it and I cannot thank them enough for everything they have done for my child for the past 18 months or so.

Naomi R - May 2016 5 Stars