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Acorns Nursery

Acorns Nursery is a 50 place day care setting for children between the ages of 3 months and 5 years. We are based in a homely converted Manor House within the rural grounds of Oaklands College, St Albans Campus. The Nursery is open to private families as well as College students and employees.

At Acorns Nursery it is our intention to provide quality education and care in an atmosphere and environment where individual needs are respected and valued and where the voices and contributions of children are heard and acted upon. We recognise the rapid development and growth of the children in our care and that high quality early experience lays the foundation to a child’s motivation, self-esteem, excitement and approach towards their world.

Relationships lie at the heart of our ethos. These relationships are in partnership with families and emphasise mutual trust and respect. The strength and success, of our nursery, is largely dependent on the continual commitment and involvement of every family. We actively encourage families to support their children by contributing to the construction of the nursery’s culture and community.

Words cannot really explain how grateful I am to the nursery, for your support to myself and Olivia. Olivia has had such an amazing experience at Acorns, and it’s all because of you and the staff

We take consideration of current research, trends and thinking in Early Years provision and reflect on the appropriateness of our processes, procedures and practice. We promote and value the diversity and benefits of different learning styles and approaches and do not base our learning concept or ethos on any one philosophy. We embrace children’s natural curiosity as learners and ability to use this attribute as a self-educator. Through observation and reflection of theory in practice we monitor developmental progress, differentiate challenge and set unique individual next steps for each learner.

We are open Monday - Friday

Full day: 8.00am - 6.00pm
AM session: 8.00am - 1.00pm
PM session: 1.00pm - 6.00pm

We are open all year apart from, Bank Holidays, between Christmas & New Year and 3 staff development days per year (dates to be advised)

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Acorns Nursery achieved outstanding standard in the last inspection conducted by Ofsted.

A word on funding and pricing

The nursery accepts childcare vouchers and offers Government grant places for 3-4 year olds and some funding for 2 year old children. The nursery manager can discuss with you if your child is eligible and how you can claim.

Under 1s 34.90
32.01 64.05 307.65
1 to 3s 37.96 33.54 68.64 330.60
Over 3s 33.43 30.88 62.26 298.35

Partnership with Parents

At Acorns we pride ourselves on working in partnership with parents. Children’s experiences at home are extremely significant to their development and all the staff in the nursery acknowledge the parent’s fundamental role in their child’s education.

Parents are encouraged to visit the nursery with their child prior to admission into the nursery. This ensures parents can discuss with the staff the child’s routines and any information that may be useful in settling the child. We also recommend a minimum of three settling visits for each child.

Our developmental records are designed to be shared with parents. For instance, we send out parent home link and observation sheets every 6 weeks and parents are also encouraged to take home their child’s learning journal so that they can write in their own comments and observations. Contributions from parents are always welcome and appreciated.

"Our son has been there over two years now and really enjoys it. We have noticed his development sky rocket since being at Acorns and he has built up a number of friendships with the local children and staff."

We hold regular parent evenings and supply information through our parent’s notice board and regular newsletters. We also hold workshops for parents on different topics associated with the Early Years such as how children learn, the importance of play and common childhood topics such as weaning, potty training, sibling rivalry and much more. These are great opportunities to meet with our staff and other parents and gain advice and sometimes a little reassurance.

Thank you for everything that you have done for our daughters over the last 6 years. You have given them the foundations for school and later life. We can’t be more grateful for this.
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If you would like any further information or would like to book an appointment to come and view our nursery please email Alternatively you can call us on 01727 737745

For an application form please contact the Nursery at or call 01727 737745.

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03 July 2018

Acorns scoops ‘Best Nursery’ at Herts School Awards

Oaklands College are thrilled to announce its on-site Nursery provision has been crowned ‘Best Nursery’ ...

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