big letters painted on the outside wall of Acorns Community Pre-Schoolgraphic made of brightly coloured wooden shapeslittle girl playing with a plastic lorry in the playground outside of Acorns Connunity Pre-SchoolPre-School Learning Alliance logo
brightly coloured plastic toy lorry as used by children at Acorns Pre-School

The role of parents

All parents and carers are regarded as members of our Pre-School who have full participatory rights.  These include a right to be:

We depend on the good will of the parents/carers and their involvement to keep going.  Membership of the setting also carries expectations on parents for their support and commitment. 

Parents are welcomed:

Our pre-school meets at the following times:

start time start time start time collection time collection time collection time
Monday 9.00 9.30 12.00 12.00 2.30 3.00
Tuesday 9.00 9.30 12.00 12.00 2.30 3.00
Wednesday 9.00 9.30 12.00 12.00 2.30 3.00
Thursday 9.00 9.30 12.00 12.00 2.30 3.00
Friday 9.00 9.30 12.00 12.00 2.30 3.00

The Learning Journey

As an OFSTED registered Pre-School we follow the Early Years Foundation Stage – Every Child Matters guidelines for children three to five years.  These guidelines begin at pre-school and continue into Reception Year at school.  The Early Learning Goals are part of the Foundation Stage Curriculum which records your child’s development.

Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

The four themes and principles of the EYFS are:

A Unique Child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parent and/or a key person.

Enabling Environments

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s developing and learning.

Learning and Development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of Learning and Development are equally important and inter-connected.

Early Learning Goals

Early Learning Goals cover the seven main areas of children’s learning and development.

All areas of learning and development are important and inter-connected. Three prime areas are particularly crucial for igniting children’s curiosity and enthusiasm for learning, and for building their capacity to learn, form relationships and thrive.

Prime Area

Communication and language development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their confidence and skills in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their co-ordination, control, and movement. Children must also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development involves helping children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.

Specific Areas

Literacy development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children must be given access to a wide range of reading materials (books, poems, and other written materials) to ignite their interest.

involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces, and measures.

Understanding of the world involves guiding children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings through a variety of activities in art, music, movement, dance, role-play, and design and technology.

All children learn best through experiences that are planned to meet their stage of development.

Play is the key to the way young children learn.

Starting Pre-School

The First days
We want your child to feel happy and safe with us.  To make sure that this is the case, the staff will work with you to decide on how to help you child to settle into the setting.  The setting has a policy about helping children to settle into the setting. 

What to wear

We provide protective clothing for the children when they play with messy activities however we encourage all children to be dressed appropriately for messy play.

We encourage children to gain the skills that help them to be independent and look after themselves.  These include taking themselves to the toilet and taking off – and putting on – outdoor clothes.  Clothing that is easy for them to manage will help them to do this.

We hope that your child’s time in pre-school will be a very happy and productive one.  If you have any queries or if we can be of any help, please contact the staff committee/management at any time.