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Acorns Nursery


In our Acorns Nursery class, we aim to provide a happy, nurturing environment where your child can learn, develop and have fun. We offer 15 or 30 hour places plus optional wraparound care from 7.30am to 6pm.  We offer fully funded spaces or parents can pay fees if their child is not yet eligible for the funded hours.

We have a fantastic, experienced and well-qualified team overseen by the school's Early Years Leader.  The team are specialists in early years education and ensuring your child is ready for Reception when they leave us.

Acorns is in a dedicated building with its own large garden set in the 5.5 acres of school grounds.  Acorns pupils have full use of all school facilities (astroturf pitch, outdoor classroom, library, all-weather track, animals etc) and regularly visit our Reception classes which means children have an excellent transition to school as well as learning experiences that are tailored to each child.  

Nursery Session Options 

  • 15 hours - Monday 9am-3pm, Tuesday 9am-3pm, Wednesday 9am-12pm
  • 15 hours - Wednesday 12pm-3pm, Thursday 9am-3pm, Friday 9am-3pm
  • 30 hours - Monday to Friday 9am-3pm

Funding and payments

Your options:

  • 15 hours funded for all 3 and 4 year olds* (Click here for more information on Free Early Education funding)
  • 30 hours funded for eligible 3 and 4 year olds (Click here for more information on 30 hour funding).
  • 15 hours paid for by the parent for 3 year olds who are not yet eligible for a funded space*
  • 30 hours - 15 funded hours with a top up 15 hours paid for by the parent.

We are registered with multiple childcare voucher providers as well as the government's Tax-Free Childcare scheme.  

For more information please have a look at our Acorns Nursery Information Pack - click here

* The government's 15 funded hours for all 3 and 4 year olds starts the term after their third birthday.  Children are able to start nursery aged 3 but before their funding kicks in with a parental-fee funded space.

Visits for Prospective Parents and Applications

To visit, please check out our Open Events found here: https://www.wps.org.uk/Prospective-Parents/

The closing dates below are the dates at which we look at each new batch of applications and allocate places based on our admissions criteria.  We contact parents to confirm the places shortly after the closing date.  

Start date

 Application closing dates

January 2021

Currently full - please contact nursery@wps.org.uk to be added to the waiting list

April 2021

Thursday 7 January 2021

September 2021

Friday 15 January 2021 - round 1

Tuesday 20 April 2021 - round 2 

January 2022

Monday 7 June 2021 - round 1

Our Admissions Policy can be found here.  The admissions criteria are used for all applications within the set admissions rounds.  

We accept applications after these dates and on a rolling basis.  If we have space available, your child is welcome to start at other times.  For example, if you move into the area in February 2021 and would like your child to start straight away, as long as we have space available they could start mid-term.

The Information Pack for Nursery including how to access your free funded hours can be found here. 

The answers to frequently asked questions can be found here

To apply for a place, please complete this application form.  If you have any queries please contact the nursery on nursery@wps.org.uk.  To visit, please check out our Open Events found here: https://www.wps.org.uk/Prospective-Parents/


 Aims and Values

We are very proud of our school and its values - Respect, Responsibility, Reflection and Resilience. At Woodmansterne we see our role as facilitators 'Growing Learners for Life'. We aim to provide high quality care and education for children and a secure foundation for learning in a nurturing environment, where there is an equality of opportunity and support for all and where staff and families work in close partnership.


Our aims are achieved through:

Unique Child

  • Development of personal independence, freedom to initiate activities and make choices
  • Development of self-discipline and self-motivation
  • Inclusion of children with special needs and the provision of support and resources to meet their needs
  • A growing sense of well-being, happiness and confidence for each child
  • Development of children’s self-respect and confidence in their abilities

 Positive Relationships

  • Development of friendships
  • Development of relationships where adults and children accept, value and respect one another
  • Promotion of appropriate behaviour in different situations and how to manage their feelings
  • Good working partnerships between staff and families 

 Enabling Environments

  • Freedom to express feelings, ideas and beliefs within a supportive environment
  • Having fun, laughing, encouraging the development of humour
  • Creation of a supportive and caring environment in which each child's potential can be nurtured
  • Provision of an inspiring environment including different types of outdoor learning where children can play freely and experience different learning experiences

 Learning and Development

  • Enjoyment in learning through play and structured activities
  • Development of imagination
  • Development of expressive arts and design through music, dance, drama, role play and art 
  • Development of communication and language
  • Opportunities for exploring literature and developing reading and writing skills
  • Opportunities for mathematical development
  • Encouragement for children to explore and investigate the world around them and develop their understanding of it
  • Development of physical skills including both large and fine motor skills
  • Appropriate curriculum planning, taking account of children’s ideas and interests, to promote learning and development
  • Assessment for measuring progress through observations of children and the recording of each child's development in their Learning Journey
  • Respect for the existing stage of development of each child and use of this as a starting point for future development
  • Individual planning for next steps
  • Participation of parents in their child's learning

 Safeguarding and Welfare

  • Keeping children safe in our care
  • Ongoing staff training
  • Implementation of health and safety policies

 Development of Acorn Nursery Class

  • Professional development of the staff
  • Continued communication with other Early Years settings to exchange ideas and improve skills