Acorns Nursery is a purpose built unit in the heart of the Skills & Enterprise Centre of West Somerset College. The Nursery is open to all and provides high quality professional childcare and crèche facilities to the community.
We registered with Ofsted in February 2012, originally for one day a week. It quickly became apparent from the enquiries that we received that there was a need for Acorns to open on additional days to accommodate staff and the wider community. The Nursery is now open Monday to Friday all year round. The Nursery caters for children aged from 3 months to 3 years after which point children move up to Acorns Pre-School.
Acorns Pre-School’s 3+ Program aims to provide a learning environment and educational program which develops children's cognitive, physical, emotional and social capabilities to the fullest. Children are able to develop their personal potential, recognise their role in contributing to and sharing their talents in the local community and become responsible world citizens in attitude and action.
West Somerset College has a very successful Health & Social Care and Early Years department which delivers training to those wishing to pursue a career in childcare. In line with many local child care providers, Acorns will participate in a planned programme of training and work experience to enable students to successfully complete their course, however, Acorns is run by fully qualified members of staff who are present at all times.
Acorns has an integral sensory room, fully equipped indoor and outdoor play areas and an observational booth with sound system.
The Outdoor Play Area has a brightly coloured and interactive soft surface, a Butler sink to enable unrestricted water play and a small paved area for picnics. Acorns’ garden is evolving providing exciting opportunities for the children to build dens and explore nature.
Children that attend the Nursery are also able to see and handle the resident guinea pigs (under supervision from trained staff) and have access to the College’s fantastic facilities including the on-site farm and restaurant.