Little Acorns nursery is a small nursery with places for 40 children aged 0-5 years. Here at little Acorns we 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 three levels; the ground floor is dedicated to pre-school and two year olds, both their room have access to our garden area.
Upstairs we have our baby room, suitably arranged for all stages of development. There is also a separate cosy sleep room.
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.
I have been working with children for nearly 12 years and it continues to fascinate me to watch them learn and teach themselves new things. To be involved in this journey is so rewarding and there is nothing better than knowing that I can make an impact in the early years development.Celine Green, Manager
The First Floor
This room is specifically designed and caters for our youngest children. We keep to small groups of children up here, as the children will all be at different developmental stages, some will be crawling and others will be taking their first few steps.
We are able to offer your child the attention they need at this young age while allowing them to explore and develop, but always being on hand for comfort and support.
Our room is equipped with toys and equipment specifically for this age group. There is a separate sleep room, with cots and a baby monitor for your child to continue the routine you have set for them at home.
As your child starts to explore more and becomes more inquisitive, our staff will offer plenty of opportunities for them to learn through their senses, by providing them with, messy, holistic, and sensory play as well as all the small world, interactive toys and role play.
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
This room is equipped and clearly zoned to enable children to become confident in their environment and to become independent. The room is set up to help the development of children as they get ready to transition through to the pre- school.
In the toddler room children are encourage to develop and learn as individuals. Your child will be offered different activities to help with every stage of their development, puzzles, colouring, finger and brush painting and lots of hand on interactive activities. We like to allow young children the room to express and develop, we will be helping them to learn, share, socialise and communicate, in many different ways.
In the Two's Room your child will be offered many different activities to help with every stage of their development, these will include, small world, role play, outdoor time for large scale games and activities, plenty of opportunities to express themselves creatively and lots of chances to get messy!
We are able to provide quiet rest area if your child requires a sleep during the afternoon.
Pre-school Room: Ages 3 - 5 years
Our pre-school rooms are located at the back of the nursery with direct access to the outside area, which allows for constant free flow to the garden and out sides class room. The pre-school is made up of a conservatory for table top activities, science, maths and construction, knowledge and understanding. We have a smaller room specifically for messy art and craft activities. This we make sure is available every day, as is sand and water play as we believe that these types of activities aid a child's learning and development in many different ways. Next to the craft area we have a larger room for role-play with a home corner, cosy book area and computer for teaching ITC skills.
The pre-school rooms are set out for the children's safe use, we keep their equipment easily accessible for them as we place a large emphasis on free flow and allowing the children to make their own learning choices. In addition to the free flow the children are offered adult lead activities which are carefully planned to stimulate and interest your child and help ongoing development, and incorporate the EYFS.
Within this room your child will also be offered different activities to help with every stage of their development, puzzles, colouring, lots of textured activities, we like to allow young children room to express and develop, we will be helping your child to share, socialise and communicate, in many different ways such as stories, singing, music and dance.
Our garden is located to the rear of the nursery, straight off of the pre-school room, this allows for free flow for our pre-school age children.
Our Toddlers and babies also use the garden twice daily. The garden will be set up with specific age appropriate activities, which will promotes physical development as well as allowing the children to explore the environment around them.
We have a large artificial grassed area for ride on toys, see-saws and circle games. There is also a nature and growing area, this is where our children are able to plant seeds, learning about growing and help to nurture their own vegetables, which they often later use for cooking activities.
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.