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
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.