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Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School

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Little Acorns Pre-school is part of Thringstone Academy Trust. We are situated in a purpose built building on the site of Thringstone Primary School. There are two playrooms where we can separate different age groups. In addition, there is a specially designed sensory room for all children to access.

For outdoor play we have an enclosed area and children are able to access this space as they like directly from one of the playrooms. We currently have plans to create an additional free-flow outdoor space from our other playroom. We also have our own Forest School area which the children regularly visit and we have access to the school grounds and facilities.

We aspire for all children who attend Little Acorns Pre-school to become confident, secure, caring individuals who achieve personal success and are school ready. We encourage children to develop a love of learning, and by building strong collaborative partnerships with families ensure that this learning is relevant to their lives in the wider community.

Facilities and Activities

We offer a wide range of activities including play dough, painting, puzzles, threading, small world toys, cutting, tracing, colouring, collage, junk modelling, music and rhymes, dough disco, stories, construction and much more. Tables and chairs are child sized. All the toys conform to British Safety Standards and are kept clean and in good condition.

Each child has their own box where they can easily access their outdoor coats when going outside.

We have child sized toilets and sinks and nappy changing facilities.

We have use of the school’s large outdoor area which includes an extensive playing field, an all-weather sports pitch, Forest School areas, a playground with climbing equipment in addition to role play activities and bikes; which all help develop physical skills.

CCTV operates on the school and pre-school site. Entry into the building is via an automatic door operated by pre-school staff. An electronic security gate separates our reception area from our playrooms.

Our aims at Little Acorns

· Provide high quality education in all areas of the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum so that all children have the opportunity to fulfil their potential.

· Offer children and their families a service which promotes equality and values diversity.

· Ensure the pre-schools policies are regularly reviewed and adhered to, by all concerned.

· Develop the partnership and maintain strong links with Thringstone Primary School and the local schools, nurseries and the community in general.

· Provide a safe secure environment in which the children can develop life skills at their own pace.

· Plan activities which follow children’s learning, development and interest.

What we offer

· Fully Qualified committed and experienced caring staff.

· An environment that will develop knowledge, self confidence, respect for ones self and others with a sense of belonging.

· A structured specially tailored curriculum to promote the Early Years Foundation Stage as set by the DFEE with fun and friendship with the other children and adults.

· Close working relationship with Thringstone Primary School including visits to the school ie; Christmas concerts and themed events organised through our partnership.

· Regular correspondence and photos are sent home so you can see what your child has been doing at Little Acorns that week.

Key Persons

Each child is allocated a key person on entry who will take a special interest in the progress of your child, looking after their personal intimate care, keeping their learning journals up to date and getting to know them well. All this helps them to settle into Pre-school life.

Your child’s key person will work with you or your child’s carer to ensure that your child’s routines and personal needs are taken care of. You can feel confident that the key person will get to know your child well and genuinely enjoy being part of their lives.

All members of staff will be happy to speak to you about your child.

Staff and parents working in partnership talking about your child’s interests, experiences and needs all help towards compiling your child’s records. Your child’s key person and other staff will celebrate their achievements and record information about their progress in their personal learning journal. This journal is completed using formal and informal observations and photographs that will provide you with a keep sake when your child moves onto school.

Parents are also encouraged to add observations and photographs to their child’s learning journal and include regular updates of their child’s interests at home.

Opening Hours

We are open Monday to Friday during school term

Morning session: 8.45am – 11.45am Afternoon session: 12.30pm – 3.30pm (full day sessions available)

Lunch club: 11.45am – 12.30pm Fees £14.25 per session (excluding lunch club)

Full day session - £31.50 including a hot dinner

- £30.50 (packed lunch provided by parent)

We accept government funding. Universal (15 hours) and extended hours (30 hours) per week for all eligible 2,3 and 4 year olds Click here https://www.gov.uk/30-hours-free-childcare to find out more about 30 hours nursery funding

We also accept childcare vouchers from your employer