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Welcome to  Acorns


 Acorns’ Educational Ethos

At Acorns children learn through adults’ intentional pedagogy.

This means that in every interaction between adults and children, we try to identify any learning opportunities and use them in order to intentionally move children’s learning and development forward, either at that moment, or by planning and providing resources or knowledge to support children’s next steps at the earliest opportunity. This ensures that we are meeting children’s learning and development needs throughout their day, at all times, whether it’s during lunchtime, group work, or one to one time, indoors and outdoors. We record some of our significant intentional teaching through Learning Stories, which can be seen in children’s files. However, what is more important is what is ‘recorded’ in children’s learning and ways of thinking. This can be seen in the children’s development, their problem solving skills, their attitudes and willingness to learn, their ability to ask good questions, their critical thinking, and their social and communication skills. Each child learns at their individual level and each adult supports their specific needs and interests at that moment, which enables them to achieve the deepest engagement and learning.

 If you have any questions, please see your child’s key person

Our Vision and Aims

We aim to be an Outstanding preschool which welcomes and values every child in our care, and their family, so that each individual can learn, develop and achieve to their full potential. We aim to promote equality and we value diversity.

We believe that children learn best through play and playful experiences, which are self-chosen and open-ended. We provide a safe, stimulating and caring environment in which children learn the dispositions and attitudes which are needed in order to become effective communicators, and competent, creative, independent and reflective learners. We have high expectations of all our children, and challenge them to achieve to the very best of their ability. We aim to involve all parents and carers as partners in helping each child to learn and develop.



 "Arrangements for safeguarding are effective. Staff know their roles and responsibilities to keep children safe. They update their knowledge through regular safeguarding training and know how to report any concerns regarding the welfare of children and their families."

Ofsted May 16     

We are now full for the school year 16/17, but if you would like to come and have a look around for 17/18, please call us on 07952 963186 to make an appointment.


For further information please telephone us or email at

For details of session times and charges, please see the information page in the About Us section. 

To find out more about what children do at Acorns, please see our weekly blog page.


Brochures now available by email.

For information about our Safeguarding Children Policy see 'Further Information'.

See Special Educational Needs page for our Local Offer.