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
Debbie Underwood - Manager
Olga Verncombe - Deputy Manager
Terry Rodgers - Area Manager
Sarah Dibben - Floating 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.
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.