The Pre-School

The Pre-school

There is a strong child-initiated, play-based focus within the pre-school.

We follow the guidance set out in the Early Years foundation Stage which sets the standards to ensure that children from birth to age five learn and develop well and are kept healthy and safe.

We believe very strongly that children should be given equal opportunity to learn and develop both indoors and outdoors.

There are seven areas of learning which shape our education programme. all areas of learning are important and inter-connected. The three most crucial areas, which ignite children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning and provide a platform for all other learning, are known as the “prime areas.” These are:

  1.  Personal, Social and Emotional Development
  2. Communication and language
  3. Physical development

The three prime areas are strengthened and applied within four “specific areas”. These are:

  1. Literacy
  2. Mathematics
  3. Understanding the world
  4. Expressive arts and design

We have close links with Penponds School in order to ensure children are best prepared for entry into the reception year.

Key Persons

At little Acorns we believe that our children should be able to play and learn in a safe, nurturing environment with adults who understand and care about them. Therefore each child has a dedicated Key Person who will build up a special relationship with your child and who will pick up on what you’ve told them about your child and link it to what they do during their time at Little Acorns. The Key Person will be responsible for keeping a folder called the “Learning Journey,” which contains photographs and observations showing what your child is learning, how they are developing and what they are interested in. We will use this information to plan the next steps in your child’s personal learning journey.

 Parental Involvement

All parents/carers are encouraged to become actively involved at Little Acorns. We recognise that a child’s parents and carers are the most important influence in their life. Getting involved and talking to your child’s key person makes a real difference. You will be given termly opportunities to talk individually with your key person and you are welcome to stay and play when you can. We also hold half-termly curriculum evenings which give parents an opportunity to join in with their child’s learning, and gain a greater understanding of the work we do here. Home visits are offered to familiarise children with staff before they start at Little Acorns and parents will be able to meet with the Manager to discuss individual children’s needs.

What our Parents Say About Us…..

‘A kind caring and nurturing environment where children are valued as the individuals that they are. Thank you’ (parent survey July 2018)

‘Both my sons have gone to Little Acorns.  It makes me happy as a parent to know they are kept safe and looked after whilst having fun’ (parent survey July 2018)

‘I cannot fault the quality of care and support provided by Little Acorns.  The provide a fantastic setting for little ones‘ (parent survey March 2018)

‘Little Acorns is a brilliant setting for nursery children.  Our daughter has been extremely happy and so have we.  Thank you Little Acorns’ (parent survey March 2018)

‘A fantastic team.  I am more than happy with the leadership and management of this setting.  They are helpful and provide everything on time and give guidance to support what they have sent which I find very helpful’ (parent survey March 2018)


Little Acorns Committee welcomes all parents to attend meetings. Parents are encouraged to join the Committee and be involved in the running and future of Little Acorns.  Little Acorns is a Committee run Charity  and we are governed by a constitution:  Constitution Document.