Little Acorns Sundridge is a purpose built nursery, located in the grounds of St Paul's School. We offer child care for children aged 0-5 years. Our staff team are dedicated to providing the highest standards for day care, while still maintaining a caring homely, atmosphere, where your child will feel happy, safe and secure.
The nursery is set out over two floors, with 3 large play rooms and a safe enclosed rear garden. The building is very well maintained and equipped to a very high standard.
We have outside caterers called Early Years Catering who prepare fresh well balanced and healthy meals for your child. They provide a two course hot lunch, a variety of mid morning snacks and a light early evening tea. We place a lot of emphasis on a healthy balanced diet and can adapt meals to suit individual dietary needs.
There is parking available at the front of the nursery for safely dropping off and collecting your child. To the rear of the nursery we have a well-equipped enclosed garden.
We hope you will find us to be genuinely interested in putting children before profit. We have tried to offer flexible hours and competitive fees, while continuing to maintain an excellent standard of service.
The nursery staff are dedicated to offering your child a warm and caring environment, with stimulating and fun activities. At Little Acorns your child will always be seen as an individual.
The diversity of my job gives me a variety of challenges which I love. It is extremely rewarding to see the children grow and develop from babies to going off to school; watching their personalities evolve, sharing their new experiences and being so privileged as to be a part of their first years. I have always wanted to work with children and cannot imagine ever doing anything else.Liz Newcombe, Manager
Jade Mustoe - Manager
Tegan Lingard - Deputy Manager
Terry Rodgers - Area Manager
Sarah Dibben - Floating Manager
Tina leads our Pre-school at Sundridge, she is a qualified teacher and has gained on her EYPS (Early Years Professional Status), in addition to her pre-school role Tina spends time supporting staff in understanding the Early years foundation andmaintaining good developmental records and excellent practice.
The First Floor
This is the baby unit, a large open space where babies needs can be catered for away from the older children. There are soft quiet areas to roll or crawl with stimulating toys and activities to help your child learn and explore.
The baby room also has a large sleep room, where your child can sleep quietly away from the other children in their own cot, and be monitored by the staff via a window and 10 minute direct checks.
We follow the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum for all ages, and so activities are planned according to this and also to the children's individual ability.
The Ground Floor
Toddler Room: Ages 18-22 months
Another large space for the children to enjoy, there is also a smaller room set out as a quiet space for looking at books or puzzles, with cosy cushions to rest and relax on. The room leads off directly into the garden, where the children can safely play on the rubber surface or access the larger garden which is shared with our pre-school children.
In the toddler room your child will be offered different activities to help with every stage of their development, puzzles, colouring, finger and brush painting, lots of textured activities, we like to allow young children room to express themselves and develop at their own speed.
We help the children to learn to share, socialise and communicate, in many different ways such as stories, singing, music and dance.
Pre-school Room: Ages 3 - 5 years
The pre-school is set in a large play room, with a partition in the middle with sinks built in, one side is use for craft and messy activities, while the other side is set out with home corner, role play and dressing up, a book corner, and a learning zone, which supports development through access to a computer, maths, science, writing and literacy. The room has direct access to the under cover outside play space, which houses our mud kitchen and leads onto the larger play area with play house, sit and ride toys etc. Perfect for 'free flow' play.
Our pre-school children are offered a mixture of free play and adult lead activities which are carefully planned to stimulate and interest your child and help on-going development. We cover the 4 themes of the Early Years Foundation Stage and work towards the early learning goals which are: Personal, Social and Emotional development; Communication, Language and Literacy; Problem - solving, reasoning and Numeracy; Knowledge and understanding of the world; Physical Development and Creative Development.
To the rear of the nursery we have a large play space, fenced in separate from the school grounds, the area is split into 3 zones.
Under cover all weather play area, with mud kitchen
Large play space for all ages to share, with play house and sit and ride toys, digging area, vegetable patch.
Rubber surface play space, separated from the other areas by a small fence and gate, for the babies and toddlers to safely play or sit.
Our curriculum is based upon the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) listed below.
While your child is with us we shall aim to continue developing the areas listed below:
Personal, Social & Emotional Development
Communication & Language
Understanding of the World
Expressive arts and design
Partnership with parents
We place a lot of emphasis on self-evaluation, training and re-investment. Feed back from parents/carers is always sought and valued and acted on.
We believe that partnerships with parents is of the utmost importance as, after all, who knows your children better!
Whilst at nursery, your child will be allocated a Keyworker and a buddy through our Key person and buddy system. If for any reason your child's Keyworker is not in, then the buddy will take over the care and well being of your child.
Your child's key person will be responsible for the day to day care of your child ensuring routines are regularly reviewed and updated and for keeping records of your child's achievements and ongoing development.
They will provide you with progress reports on a regular basis, and of course meet with you to discuss your child at a time to suit you.
If your child is under three, they will be provided with a daily diary. This will include all information about your child's day and any comments from their key person. These book are sent home with you at the end of your child's session and have a large space for you to write any information or comments you feel may be useful.
If your child is over 3 years of age, verbal feedback will be given about their day at the end of each session.
More detailed information can be obtained regarding EYFS from the staff.
Times & Fees
Fee Increase 1st September 2018
We need to give you advanced notice that from 1st September 2018 the nursery fees will be increased as follows. Unfortunately we have to increase our fees as we have struggled to keep up with the financial demands of increased wages, pensions & cost of living etc.
A deposit of £ 50.00 is required to secure a place.
0 - 3 Years
3 - 5 Years (NO NEG)
07:30 - 08:00
07:30 - 13:00
08:00 - 13:00
13:00 - 17:00
13:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
07:30 - 17:00
08:00 - 17:00
07:30 - 18:00
08:00 - 18:00
07:30 - 18:00 (Full Week)
08:00 - 18:00 (Full Week)
09:00 - 16:00
09:00 - 16:00 (Full Week)
09:00 - 17:00
09:00 - 18:00
08:30 - 17:30 (Term Time Only)
The above fees include the costs for lunch, snacks, tea etc.
There will be a 15% discount for older siblings, where siblings attend the same days & sessions.
Additional costs to your free funded hours i.e. 2 year funded places, NEG nursery education grant the new 30 hours will be as follows:
Breakfast Club* £4.50
Lunch cost £2.00 or you can provide a cold packed lunch
Tea cost £1.60 or you can provide a cold packed lunch
Snacks 50p or you can provide a snack of fruit
Additional hours £7.00 per hr
* Breakfast Club will include a selection of nutritious cereals or toast with a fresh fruit selection & milk or water.
NEG sessions for funded 3 year olds - TERM TIME ONLY
We offer FREE funded hours as detailed (these are subject to availability)
9:00 - 12:00 or 1:00 - 4:00 TERM TIME only 38 weeks per year.
Please see your nursery for the term dates, these may not always match school term dates.
Link Hour - No Lunch
12:00 - 1:00
Link Hour - With Lunch
12:00 - 1:00
You can attend your FREE 9:00 - 12:00 session / pay for a link hour with or without lunch / use another FREE grant session 1:00 - 4:00 / collect your child at 4:00.
Funded 2 year old places - TERM TIME ONLY
We offer funded 2 year old places for 3 hour sessions 09:00-12:00 and 13:00 - 16:00.
These sessions are subject to availability, and may be changed each term.
You are required to provide a packed lunch or tea and light snacks, if you prefer you may purchase a cooked lunch at £1.80 or a light tea at £1.20, to cancel our meals we require 24 hours notice, otherwise we will have to charge you.
Increasing Hours & Leaving
If you need to reduce your child's hours at the nursery, the nursery requires 4 weeks written notice.
Should you need to increase your child's hours, please advise us in writing with at least one weeks notice, it may be possible to offer additional hours without notice if the staffing levels allow.
If you book extra sessions you will be charged for these even if you fail to turn up. There will be no charge if we are given at least 48 hours notice to cancel.
If you are leaving the nursery please give us one months notice in writing.
Holiday & Sickness
Full fees are still payable if your child is away from the nursery due to holiday or sickness. If your child is away from the nursery for 4 weeks or more without payment or prior agreement with the nursery manager, we regret their place may be given to another child on the waiting list. The nursery is closed during public and bank holidays, full fees are still payable.