ACORNS UNDER FIVES PRESCHOOL
A Fun and Dynamic Learning Experience
Children are put onto the waiting list after completing an application form in advance for at least a term before they are due to start. Children are offered a place in age order with priority being given to children on the west side of the A6. If there spaces still available, places are offered to other children who may live within or outside Birstall.
Children of two years of age may be offered places if there is the correct ratio of staff available to accommodate their entry.
Our preschool is open from 8.30am-3.30pm Monday to Friday during term time. The funded sessions run from 8.30-11.30 and and 12.30-3.30pm. There is an option to stay for the lunch hour 11.30am -12.30pm for an additional cost so that children can stay for a full day. All children have access to a snack during their sessions. We offer milk or water and a variety of foods such as biscuits, toast and cereals along with a range of fruit.
Children staying for lunch will need to bring a packed lunch which will be eaten in the school dining hall, they will continue to be supervised by Acorn members of staff. This experience supports transition for any children who are transferring to school.
Acorn is a community pre-school and attendance does not give an entitlement to enter Highcliffe Primary School. Applications for a school place need to be made to the Local Education Authority who are responsible for school admissions and allocations. This can be done by visiting www.leics.gov.uk.
We currently have a good relationship with the school but this could be jeopardised if parents/carers use the staff car park. Please do not use the Staff Car Park to drop off and pick up your children.
Parking is available at the top of Greengate Lane and is only a short walk down the hill. Please support us in this and share the message with anyone who may pick up or drop off your children.
We do have a uniform available for you to buy, however it is not a complusory uniform. An order form is provided on the website for you to print, fill in and hand to a member of staff with the correct money.
Can we please ask that when you are in the vicinity of the setting and especially if you are staying to play that you refrain from using your mobile phone. This is to enable us to ensure the safety of all our children.
Dropping Off/Picking Up
We do understand that these times can be very busy and that the waiting area can become congested. Can we please ask that you refrain from crowding around the entrance of the Acorn room to enable us to safely get children in and out to their carers. We also ask that pushchairs are left outside rather then brought into the corridor wherever possible.
Acorn is accessible via ramps and there is access to a disabled toilet on site in the community centre.
The Early Years Framework states that all children should be given the opportunity to go outdoors, Here at Acorn we endeavour to get outdoors during each session. We have a saying "There's no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing!" so we ask that your child is provided with a change of clothing including shoes and a coat in a labelled bag. We do have waterproof coats, trousers and wellies for both children and staff.
Working with parents
Each term we hold a welcome evening where you can meet your key person, find out about us and ask any questions you may have. When your child starts with us we write a first few weeks report, 6 months later we write a progress report, (depending on how long your child attends Acorn you may receive two of these) and in the summer term that your child leaves us we write a transition report. All of these reports are shared with you and the transition reports are shared with the school your child is moving on to. Shortly after each report is written we hold parents evenings so that you are able to come along and discuss any concerns and ask any questions.
Transition to School
In order to prepare the children due to start Highcliffe Primary School we begin transition visits at the beginning of the summer term. For children attending other feeder schools, we make contact and invite the reception teachers to visit our setting.
Small groups of six to eight children are taken over by Acorn Staff who remain with them go over to Highcliffe every week where they spend an hour meeting the teachers and become accustomed to their new surroundings.
Throughout the summer term, those going to school also get the opportunity to engage in a number of activities including a teddy bears picnic and big school here I come.
If you know that your child is ill, please keep them at home. We ask that children who are sent home from Acorns Under Fives are taken to the doctor before returning them to the setting. The preschool or toddler group can refuse admittance to children who have a temperature, sickness and diarrhoea or a contagious infection or disease as we have a duty of care to all our children and their families.
Where children have been prescribed antibiotics, parents are asked to keep them at home for 48 hours before returning to the setting. After diarrhoea, parents are asked to keep children home for 48 hours or until a formed stool is passed.
We have a list of excludable diseases and current exclusion times. http://patient.info/health/school-exclusion-times
In case the bad weather continues, you can find out if Acorn Under Fives is open by listening to Radio Leicester on 104.9FM, Leicester Sound on 105.4 FM or by looking on the Leicestershire Country Council website. From past experience, the Gem106 schools page might be updated earlier though.
If Highcliffe Primary School is closed, then we are too!
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