Little Acorns is a Private Day Nursery in Hurworth Primary School, also offering a before and after school club facility. We occupy two main nursery rooms, plus a small kitchen area, children’s toilets, accessible toilet, staff office area, store room and staff toilet. We also have access to a first aid room and other areas of the school premises by prior arrangement. From our main nursery room, children have access via a ramp to an enclosed outdoor play area. We have established strong links with the Foundation Stage of Hurworth Primary School, sharing assessment data to support future learning and development. We also share performances, join in with special events and access the in-house school lunch facility. Transition processes have strengthened and we will continue to develop and review these with foundation staff.
Little Acorns is located in the rural village of Hurworth, with a view to strengthening our links with the community as well as supporting the children’s learning we have recently joined the nearby Rockliffe Hall hotel/spa ‘Misch Masch incentive.’ This allows our children the opportunity to play in the resorts eco playground/interactive fun area, use the ‘curious cabins’ exploration site as well as their forest area for exciting trails and investigation.
We are open Monday-Friday 8am – 6pm during term time only, with reduced opening during school holidays when we run a Holiday Club facility Monday to Friday 8am-6pm. We have four weeks of full closure within the school holidays. The nursery employs 10 members of staff. Three have Qualified Teacher Status (one of whom also has Early Years Professional Status), one member of staff has an early years Foundation degree, one a Level 4 early years qualification, with all further staff members having a relevant level 3 qualification.