About

Little Acorns Nursery  is part of Maryvale Nurseries Ltd family, which is jointly owned by Jane Weir and Les Briscoe, who opened their first nursery in 1983.

What makes us special:

  • Highly qualified and motivated staff
  • An extensive spacious outdoor area
  • Freshly prepared nutritious meals by our on-site cook
  • Low staff turnover  
  • Highly secure building with staff key FOB only access
  • Happy, safe environment
  • Valuable learning resources offering challenging opportunities
  •  First aid trained staff
  • All staff DBS checked 

Your journey begins here

From the first moment you enter Little Acorns,  it is our aim to make you and your family feel part of our family. We understand your may have some worries and concerns about this big step for your child, however our experienced and knowledgeable staff will always be available to support your family.

On introduction

On your first visit to Little Acorns, you will be given a tour of our environment and there will be plenty of opportunities for you to voice questions and concerns (you could bring a list). Should you decide to choose Little Acorns, we will arrange transition visits which are suitable for you and your child. These transition visits are opportunities for your child to familiarise themselves with our staff and environment, as each child is an individual, transition visits will be provided for as long as necessary. These visits are free of charge and you are very welcome to stay with your child.

Key Carers

A member of our team will take on the role of your child’s key carer. Your child’s key carer will be responsible for supporting you child throughout their time at Little Acorns Nursery. They will observe your child and create a learning journey for you to read at anytime. It is important to us that your child and their key carer have a positive relationship and am effective partnership with your family.

Learning through play

EYFS Principal Themes

  • A unique child – every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable and self-
    assured
  • Positive relationships
    – children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents/carer
  • Enabling
    environments – the environment plays a key role in supporting a child’s development
  • Learning and Development
    –children learn and develop at different rates and in different ways. All areas of learning are equally important and interconnected.

Record Keeping

Because of our high staff ratio, we are able to implement an excellent record keeping system in which observation of the children in the group and at home are used as a basis for drawing up a curriculum for each child.