About Us


Pear Tree Nursery and Pre-School is part of Lower Covey Ltd.  Pear Tree was established in 2016 by Julie Partridge, Owner and Manager of Lower Covey Montessori Nursery in Yetminster, so that she could share her 30 years of childcare experience within the Sherborne community.  Since opening, Pear Tree has grown into a well-respected asset within the area with excellent links to health visitors, schools and other local services.  Following the EYFS 2021 (Early Years Framework Stage), we strive to offer the children many diverse activities within nursery, and regular outdoor learning opportunities in our playground, at Sherborne Primary Sensory Garden, by visiting the woods in Yetminster for Forest School and other local trips to parks and the library, which are all linked to the children’s learning.


We aim to achieve a friendly home-from-home atmosphere with excellent relationships between nursery staff and our children’s family or carers, whilst at the same time promoting the children’s independence and helping them to grow into confident, thoughtful, pre-schoolers, ready for the transition on to primary school.


We are pleased to offer places to children utilising all types of Government funding.  To find out if your child is eligible for funding, please visit the Government website https://www.gov.uk/help-with-childcare-costs/free-childcare-and-education-for-2-to-4-year-olds.  Should your child be eligible, you would be able to use that funding at Pear Tree for either our morning session (8.45-11.45) or our afternoon session (13.00 until 16.00).  Any wrap around sessions that you book outside of those hours, including our lunchtime session (11.45-13.00) will incur a charge.  There will be a snack and consumables charge for each morning and afternoon session that you book.  For more information about all our fees, please click on Enrolment & Forms.

Upcoming Events:

Have a look at our events page to have a look at what events we have coming up at Pear Tree Nursery as well as our other setting in Yetminster!