At the beginning of each session

Children are encouraged to find their own name and attach it to the self-registration board. This is a good opportunity for the children recognise their name in print. Initially a photo of the child is attached to their name; as the child becomes more confident at recognising their name, the photo will be removed. The self-registration board also informs us of their lunch option (home, school dinner or packed lunch).

Did you know? Sheets

You can find blank copies of these sheets in the leaflet rack in the reception area. Parents and carers are welcome to take a sheet at any time and fill it in. They are great way for us to work together and share information and celebrate your child’s achievements at home. These achievements are then transferred to your child’s learning journey.


Can you please telephone the Pre-School on or before the first day of your child’s absence so that we can record the nature of their illness or the reason they are not attending. We are legally required to hold this information in order for us to audit attendance for the funded sessions.

If your child has had sickness or diarrhoea, may we remind you that your child should not return to the Pre-School until 48 hours have passed since their last attack. Your health visitor or health care professional will be able to give you further advise.

Outdoor Learning

We are proud of the outdoor facilities we are able to offer the children.

Could we please stress the importance of sending your child with an outdoor coat as the children can access our free flow areas throughout the sessions.

Items of Clothing

To help identify your child’s coat and other items of clothing including bags, could you please label them clearly as the children sometimes don’t know which ones are theirs.

Although wellingtons are great for some of our outdoor and Forest School activities, for safety reasons they are not appropriate footwear for inside so could you please send your child with a pair of indoor shoes to change into.

School dinners and packed lunches

Children staying for our lunch club are able to order a school meal cooked on Thringstone Primary School premises. The lunch menu offers children a choice of 3 meal options each day over a 3 week programme. Please click the menu below for our current menu.

Packed lunches – please note:
As a safety precaution, if you send your child with grapes please cut them in half length ways.

Please label lunch boxes/bags and drinking bottles.

We promote healthy eating and in order to support this can you avoid putting sweets in your child’s lunch box.

If we are notified about certain allergies eg nuts, we will ask parent not to include certain foods in their lunch boxes.

Funding for 2 & 3 year olds

There are currently three separate government funded childcare schemes that offer free childcare for children aged two, three and four. Each of the free childcare schemes has different eligibility rules so it’s important to check which of the schemes is right for you.

• 15 hours free childcare for 2-year-olds (available for families in receipt of low-income benefits or in some cases, on low income and NRPF)

• 15 hours free childcare for all 3 & 4-year-olds

• 30 hours free childcare for 3 & 4 year-olds (available for eligible families in work)

For more information about the free childcare scheme, visit the website below.

Children’s safety & safeguarding

When you drop off or collect your child from Little Acorns please ensure the main door has closed securely before you walk away.

When in the reception area, please do not open the door to anyone waiting outside, inform a member of staff who will give them access if appropriate.

Only authorised people will be able to collect your child. All people authorised by yourself to collect your child should know the password. Your child will not be released to anyone who is not authorised to collect your child, so it is important that we are notified of any changes to the information we hold.

We thank you for your co-operation

Dates for your diary

All activities / events are only for children who are in session that day unless stated otherwise.

Thursday 14th January

Forest School Session

Wednesday 20th January

Forest School Session

Tuesday 26th January

Forest School Session

Monday 1st February

Forest School Session

Thursday 11th and Friday 12th February

Celebrating Chinese New Year

Friday 12th February 

Forest School Session

Monday 15th - Friday 19th February

Half term -  Little Acorns closed

Friday 26th February

Autism Awareness - Silly Sock Day
PTA Easter Raffle

Monday 29th March - Friday 9th April

Easter break - Little Acorns closed

Friday 14th May

Braiswick Photographs

Monday 31st May - Friday 4th June

Half term - Little Acorns closed

Monday 15th May

M & M Theatre Productions

Friday 9th July

Last day before the summer break.  Little Acorns reopens on Wednesday 26th August


Week beginning 4th January

This week we have been learning about Winter. We have been on a Winter walk around the school field, we have found lots of ice and enjoyed feeling it and breaking it by stamping on it. We liked the crispy sound the frozen grass made as we walked on it and looked at the footprints we made.

In maths we have been learning through number songs how many fingers represent a number. In phonics we have introduced the children to rhyming by playing lots of rhyming games (Phase one phonics).

We have enjoyed playing in our sensory room with our friends.

On Friday one of the children wanted to make a Cinema, she made the children tickets so they could attend and told the staff we needed to put chairs out for her friends to sit on and that we would need the laptop as the cinema. She also organised with staff a cinema treat for snack (Biscuit) The children all really enjoyed their cinema role play.

In Forest schools we made more bird feeders for the children, played hide and seek and explored our surroundings.

We will be continuing to learn about winter next week.

Week beginning 7th December

This week we have continued to celebrate Christmas. We have had a Christmas jumper day, Christmas dinner, a special fish and chip dinner day and lots of Christmas crafts indoors and outdoors.

In maths the Squirrels have been learning about size and comparing if things are bigger or smaller. The Badgers have been representing numbers, we have made lots of charts to find information out about each other and we made playdough numbers.

Week beginning 23rd November

This week in Little Acorns we have been exploring musical instruments outdoors.

During our Forest School session, we read the story 'Owl Babies' then made bird feeder for the birds.

In Maths we have been showing the correct amount of fingers to represent a number/amount.

Week beginning 16th November

This week in maths we have been learning about numbers tells us how many are in a set.

In creative we have been learning about mixing colours and textures, we have learnt lots of new texture words like bumpy, prickly and smooth.

Our topic this week is anti-bullying week, we have been learning about being kind to each other, what to do if someone is not kind to us. We have also talked lots about it is ok to be different, we discussed what makes us different to our friends.

We have shared lots of different stories about people who have different needs to ours for example they may need a wheel chair as they cannot walk etc. We looked at the Elmer the elephant stories and how he is different to the other elephants but they are still all friends and have lots of fun together.

In Funky fingers this week we have been making friendship bracelets.

In the role play area, the children wanted to make a doctor's surgery, they have had lots of fun making each other better and writing prescriptions for one another.

On Friday we joined in with odd sock day.

Week beginning 9th November

It's been another busy week.

We have been exploring our new building blocks and had fun in our new small world building site.

We had fun playing in cardboard boxes.

We took part in the 2 minute silence with the help of the CBeebies 2 minute silence film.

We have raised money for children in need, to start the day off we took part in a Jo Wicks exercise session then we coloured, painted and stuck dots onto Pudsey Bear and finished the day with a Pudsey bear treasure hunt.

Alongside all this we have been learning about the circus, we put on our own circus performance which was really fun and helped to build our confidence.

In our Forest school session, we have been using hammers and nails, and making assault courses.

We have also been practising catching and throwing skills and cutting. We have been crushing chalk and mixing it with water to make marks outside.

Week beginning 2nd November

This week we have continued to learn about Autumn, we have made autumn hats during our forest school session.

We have been celebrating Bonfire night, we made Sparklers on our funky fingers table, Chocolate apples, Bonfire and fire work pictures.

Some of our older children have been showing an interest in writing, they have been practising writing their names on white boards.

On the maths station we have been using the scales to weigh blocks and compare weight, by using our learning from last week.

In Maths this week we have been following simple patterns.

In phonics we have been exploring instruments and playing sound lotto games.

Week beginning 26th October

We have had another busy week in Little Acorns. At the start of the week, we started investigating the changes autumn brings, we played in the leaves and explored the muddy puddles the rain had made.

During Forest schools we went on an Autumn scavenger hunt and then explored different textures outdoors using the wax crayon method, we found lots of different patterns around us.

In maths the squirrel's group were being encouraged to stack different sized cups on top of each other and inside each other. The Badger group have using scales to investigate weight.

On Thursday and Friday we joined in with lots of fun Halloween activities.

During carpet times we have been sharing our half term news with each other.

Week beginning 5th October

We have continued to learn about stories this week.

We have made bread like the Little Red Hen; we have been on a bear hunt and explored lots of different textures.

We have been exploring the water mills and working out the mill moves.

Using our learning from last week's focused maths we have been using capacity in our play.