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Weekly Blog page; This is our page to update you on what the children have been doing each week. As we do very little advance planning because we follow the children's interests, we try to keep parents informed through as many means as we can. You can always look on our whiteboard, which we update daily. You can borrow your children's learning journal to take home whenever you wish (please ensure you sign it out). The learning journal explains all about your child's individual achievements, experiences and interests. Please add your comments to the learning journal - it belongs to you and your child. We are always extremely happy to have learning stories from home sent to us, to add to learning journals, so that we know what children are learning and enjoying when they are with you, and so that we can make links between learning at home and preschool.

Autumn 19 This week we have been making butterfly wings to help us to fly around outside! Our tiny caterpillars which arrived after half term are now enormous and will soon turn into chrysalids, the final stage before becoming butterflies.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are now taking registration forms for Sept 2021. We accept 2 year old funding, and 15 hour funding, and have a limited number of 30 hours funded places. Please telephone 07952 963186 to arrange a visit.

  

Welcome to  Acorns

 

Acorns Playgroup Curriculum - we work within the Early Years Foundation Stage, and our curriculum intention is to focus on and support the development of; 

  • Social skills, self-confidence, independence, and behaviour and attitudes to learning

  • Strong communication, language and literacy skills, including a love of books.

  • Physical skills, including self-care, how to be healthy, and gross and fine motor control

  • An understanding of the world around us, which includes maths, science and nature, geography and history at an age appropriate level of understanding, as part of play.

  • Creative and imaginative play

 

 Acorns’ Educational Ethos;

At Acorns children learn through adults’ intentional pedagogy. This means that in interactions between adults and children, we identify 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, experiences 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 significant learning through 'Learning Stories', which can be seen in children’s files. However, what is more important is what is ‘recorded’ in children’s development and ways of thinking. This can be seen in the children’s progress, their problem resilience, perseverence, problem solving skills, their attitudes, their ability to concentrate, their excitement about and willingness to learn, their ability to ask good questions, their critical thinking, confidence, 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. Through intentional pedagogy children make the quickest progress in their learning and development, and develop positive attitudes towards learning.  If you have any questions, please see your child’s key person.

Our Vision and Aims

We aim to continue 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 work 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

 

  Our Ofsted report in May 16 can be seen on https://reports.ofsted.gov.uk/inspection-reports/find-inspection-report/results/any/16/any/any/any/Acorns%20Playgroup%20Harrogate/any/any/any/any/0/0#search1

For further information please telephone us on 07952 963186 or email at acornsplaygroup@yahoo.co.uk

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 and registration forms now available by email.

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

See Special Educational Needs page for our Local Offer.