“This provision is outstanding.

  • Children are highly motivated and very keen to learn in this inclusive and welcoming setting.  They show an excellent level of independence for their age, as a result of exemplary staff practice and a carefully organised learning environment.
  • Staff have an excellent knowledge of how children learn, and provide a rich, varied and imaginative educational programme.  Planning fully embraces all children’s individual interests, with the thoughts and ideas of the eldest children highly valued.
  • Excellent partnerships with parents, carers and other professionals are extremely effective at ensuring children make very rapid progress in their learning and development given their starting points.
  • Management are highly skilled and effective at constantly monitoring and evaluating all aspects of the provision, to inform continuous improvement.  As a result, the setting demonstrates exceptional practice that is worthy of dissemination to other settings.”

Ofsted inspection report, February 2013.  


“It is clear that the staff know the children well and are skilled in identifying their individual strengths, this has such a positive effect on the children’s self esteem and confidence.


Children benefit from spacious play areas, plentiful resources and a very large garden with a variety of exciting and challenging activities including tree climbing! The children are also taken out on a variety of local trips, allowing them to explore their immediate environment and gain a sense of community. However they gain most from Kathy and the dedicated team of skilled practitioners here, who truly celebrate and value the children as the individuals they are.

There is a big emphasis here on PSED, children are clearly valued and their interests and talents nurtured and celebrated

The practice here is exemplary. The children have a full cooked lunch and tea. A huge range of different cuisines are served. Children also enjoy ‘help themselves days’ and take it in turns to choose what meals are offered. Children get involved in the shopping, cooking and growing of some of the foods served.”

Deborah Manton, Training and Development Officer, National Child-minding Association October 2012.


Staff have very high expectations of all children and endeavour to give them the best possible start in life”.

Ofsted February 2013.


Parents say…

“I know my son has the best care whilst I am at work and is making friends, learning new skills and generally having fun”.


“I have always had peace of mind that my child is in safe hands and having lots of fun”.


“Just wanted to say an extra big thank you for the way in which you care so passionately about the children you care for…my children are so happy!”


“Your love for all the children never ceases to amaze me!”.


“You have been a big part of our lives and have given the children some very happy memories”.


“Thank you for helping me shape my son into the lovely little boy he is, he feels Acorns is home from home and he has always been so happy with you…”


“We can’t recommend Acorns highly enough.  Not only is it run professionally, efficiently and with high standards of child care, hygiene, education, learning through play and friendly and caring staff, but it also maintains the feel of one large happy family and what could be better than that?”.


Work experience students say…


“Acorns does so much for each child individually and adapts constantly to fit into their own character traits and needs and I really hope to be able to take this away with me and apply it to my own class when I’m a real teacher J”.


“I’ve had so much fun working with you, you have really encouraged me to work with children in the future”.