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Acorns Playgroup
Services and organisations that have the Local Offer flash have filled out inclusion information, meaning that they meet the needs of people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We plan for all children individually according to needs as in the EYFS, so activities are varied. We have 2 outdoor play spaces, a playground and a wooded garden area. We have our own building with free-flow play to a veranda and the garden.

Who to contact

Contact name
Maria Martin
Contact position
01288 341540
Mobile: 07985 154408

Where to go

Acorns pre-school
Oak Lane
EX22 6TH

We are using the main school gate at the beginning and end of the day, at lunch times children arriving or going home will use the side gate on the right side of the school building. 

There is no carpark at the site and parking can be difficult when there are lots of parents arriving at the same time. To try and alleviate this we are offering staggered  collection times to parents. This is also following our Covid19 policy and procedures to reduce the number of parents at the front of the school at any one time. We are working with the school so that siblings arrive and leave at the same time.

Other details


Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£3.80 Per Hour
charges are invoiced each half term
Do you offer a free or reduced rate to carers?

Inclusion within our setting

Wheelchair access

Has provision
Our building is level with the school playground. We have steps at the back of the building into the garden, but wheelchair access to the garden is via a gate to the side of our building.

Dietary needs

Has provision
Experience with
Lactose free
Gluten free
Egg intolerance
Nut allergy
Dairy free
We only provide a snack, but all dietary requirements can be catered for. Depending on the needs of the child.

Cultural provisions

Has provision
Experience with
All children are welcome in our home.
Cultural curriculum planning.
Languages spoken


Pet provisions

Are there any pets at the setting?

Childcare information


Immediate vacancies
We currently have spaces, please contact us for more information.
Vacancy range(s)
From 2 years to 3 years (spaces available: 10)
From 3 years to 5 years (spaces available: 20)
Date updated

Funded places

3 & 4 year old funding
2 year old funding

30 hours free childcare

Offering up to 30 hours free childcare
30 hours partner details
We are happy to work in partnership with other local settings to provide children with their 30 hours childcare.

Opening times & facilities

Opening times
Opening times
DayOpening timeClosing time
Monday 9.00 am 3.30 pm
Tuesday 9.00 am 12pm
Wednesday 9.00 am 3.30 pm
Thursday 9.00 am 3.30 pm
Friday 9.00am 3.30pm

School pickups

Offers pickups

Ofsted information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 
Inspection history
Inspection History
Inspection DateInspection typeInspection Outcome
25/11/2008Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
13/04/2015Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
21/06/2017Inspection (Early Years Register)Good

Inclusion details

Saint Piran's Flag
SENCo name
Maria Martin

Early Years Local Offer response

Learning and development

Systems and strategies we have in place to identify children that may require additional support

We use ECAT, tracking and general observations to identify a child that may require additional support. After identifying a need for additional support we would  undertake more detailed observations, using a developmental journal to identify our next steps for children.

How we identify and support children's learning and development needs

We identify what additional support a child may need through observations and a developmental journal, using this to support our Planning and reviews. In some cases we work with other professionals that are involved with a child to provide the best support we can.

Links we have to other agencies

We have links with local children centres. We also ensure we have good links with other professionals such as speech therapists, paediatricians, and early support team when needed.

How we support children transferring to school

We are building good links with the school to improve the support we provide to children transitioning to school.  We arrange visits  into the reception class in the summer term that slowly lengthen in time so that by the time we finish in July children are staying for a whole afternoon. and some so the session include staying for lunch as well.


Specialist skills or training our staff have

All Staff are DBS checked & hold relevant safeguarding training & paediatric first aid.

Support we offer regarding children's health and well-being

All children deserve the opportunity to achieve their full potential. At Acorns pre-school we the follow five outcomes

• be healthy;

• stay safe;

• enjoy and achieve;

• make a positive contribution; and

• achieve economic wellbeing.

The five outcomes are universal ambitions for every child and young person, whatever their background or circumstances. Improving outcomes for all children and young people underpins all of the development and work within this setting.

Ways we inform parents about how their child is being supported

We aim to keep parents informed about their child at all times. Communication to parents happens daily with more formal parents meetings being held each  term.

We use Tapestry online learning journals, parents have the ability to login to their child's journals to the the activities their children have been involved in.


Our complaints policy

We aim to bring all concerns about the running of our setting to a satisfactory conclusion for all of the parties involved. To do this we follow our complaints policy and procedure


Alterations we have made to make our building accessible

Our building is easily accessible through the front door and we have access to our veranda area. We also have a path to the side of our building to make our garden accessible to all.

Facilities we have for personal care

Within our building the children have designated toilets and hand washing basins.

Specialist resources we have

We source specialist resources as required.

How we include all children in activities, such as trips

Letters go out to all parents and carers about activities, outings and trips inviting all children to accompany us. We also vary the days that we do things to give every child the chance to attend some of the trips we provide.

If possible we use Early Years pupil premium money to over additional costs of trips allowing eligible children of Early Years pupil premium to attend.

All activities are adapted as necessary to allow all children to take part and be included.

Last updated: 05/10/2021

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