Acorns Nursery is open for ages 2 to 4! Daily sessions plus wraparound care from 7.30am to 6pm are available. We are registered with multiple childcare voucher providers and offer funded or payable spaces. Acorns is in a dedicated building with its own large garden set in the 5.5 acres of school grounds. Acorns pupils have full use of school facilities and some staff work in both the nursery and in Reception for a great transition to school plus learning experiences that truly adapt for each child.
Nursery Session Options (all options are available for all ages)
- 15 hours - Monday 9am-3pm, Tuesday 9am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm
- 15 hours - Wednesday 12pm-3pm, Thursday 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-3pm
- 30 hours - Monday to Friday 9am-3pm
Funding and payments
2 year olds - click here for more information on funded hours for eligible 2 year olds
- Parent funded - 15 or 30 hours
- 15 hours FEET funded for eligible 2 year olds
- 15 hours FEET funded plus 15 hours parent funded, 30 hours total
- 15 hours funded for all 3 and 4 year olds
- 30 hours funded for eligible 3 and 4 year olds
- 15 funded hours with a top up 15 hours paid for by the parent
We are registered with many childcare voucher providers and registered for Tax Free Childcare.
Acorns is currently taking applications for a January, April and September 2020 start. If you are looking for a place before then, please contact us as we may have limited spaces available for an immediate start.
For more information please have a look at our Acorns Nursery Information Pack - click here
Visits for Prospective Parents and Applications
For parents considering starting their children at Acorns Nursery in 2020 or beyond, please book on to the main school Open Events which are held on these Autumn Term dates by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org :
Tuesday 5th November 9.30am
Monday 25th November 1.45pm
The closing dates below are the dates at which we look at each new batch of applications and allocate places based on our admissions criteria. We contact parents to confirm the places shortly after the closing date.
Application closing dates
Taking ongoing applications
29 November 2019
15 January 2020
We accept applications after these dates and on a rolling basis. If we have space available, your child is welcome to start at other times. For example, if you move into the area in October 2019 and would like your child to start straight away, as long as we have space available they could start mid-term.
The Information Pack for Nursery including how to access your free funded hours can be found here.
The answers to frequently asked questions can be found here.
To apply for a place, please complete the application form - click here
You can download any of these forms by right clicking on the link and choosing 'Save link as'.
Aims and Values
We are very proud of our school and its values - Respect, Responsibility, Reflection and Resilience. At Woodmansterne we see our role as facilitators 'Growing Learners for Life'. We aim to provide high quality care and education for children and a secure foundation for learning in a nurturing environment, where there is an equality of opportunity and support for all and where staff and families work in close partnership.
Our aims are achieved through:
- Development of personal independence, freedom to initiate activities and make choices
- Development of self-discipline and self-motivation
- Inclusion of children with special needs and the provision of support and resources to meet their needs
- A growing sense of well-being, happiness and confidence for each child
- Development of children’s self-respect and confidence in their abilities
- Development of friendships
- Development of relationships where adults and children accept, value and respect one another
- Promotion of appropriate behaviour in different situations and how to manage their feelings
- Good working partnerships between staff and families
- Freedom to express feelings, ideas and beliefs within a supportive environment
- Having fun, laughing, encouraging the development of humour
- Creation of a supportive and caring environment in which each child's potential can be nurtured
- Provision of an inspiring environment including different types of outdoor learning where children can play freely and experience different learning experiences
Learning and Development
- Enjoyment in learning through play and structured activities
- Development of imagination
- Development of expressive arts and design through music, dance, drama, role play and art
- Development of communication and language
- Opportunities for exploring literature and developing reading and writing skills
- Opportunities for mathematical development
- Encouragement for children to explore and investigate the world around them and develop their understanding of it
- Development of physical skills including both large and fine motor skills
- Appropriate curriculum planning, taking account of children’s ideas and interests, to promote learning and development
- Assessment for measuring progress through observations of children and the recording of each child's development in their Learning Journey
- Respect for the existing stage of development of each child and use of this as a starting point for future development
- Individual planning for next steps
- Participation of parents in their child's learning
Safeguarding and Welfare
- Keeping children safe in our care
- Ongoing staff training
- Implementation of health and safety policies
Development of Acorn Nursery Class
- Professional development of the staff
- Continued communication with other Early Years settings to exchange ideas and improve skills