Here you can find out about how we run things at Acorn Preschool. We need your help to keep this organisation running as smoothly as possible!
If you would like a place for your child at our preschool, please make an appointment and we'll gladly take the time to explain everything you need to know. You can make an appointment by phone or by using our contact form. We look forward to meeting you!
It's unavoidable that small children catch all kinds of minor infections. For a speedy recovery and to prevent the other children from falling ill, children who are unwell must stay at home. Only when the sickness/diarrhoea has subsided for 48 hours should you return your child to the setting. If the disease is infectious, we'll need a doctor's note confirming that your child is no longer contagious.
We take steps to ensure that there are effective procedures in place to protect children from the unacceptable use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) equipment or exposure to inappropriate materials in the setting.
We would like to remind parents the importance of supervising children when online and installing the appropriate security and parental control software. We recommend ESET, their website is www.eset.co.uk
Short video tutorials as to why people should use encryption, multi factor authentication and also gives advice on password management.
Online Learning Journey – Parents’ Guide
All children attending Acorn Preschool have a personal Learning Journey which records photos, observations and comments, in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to build up a record of your child’s experiences during their time with us with your permission, we will be making these on-line.
We use Tapestry, a system, which is hosted in the UK on secure servers. You will have secure access (via email address and password) to your child’s Learning Journey and, in addition to viewing our contributions, we encourage you to add to it by uploading photos and comments, or commenting on observations made by us.
PC Ali visit
PC 2796 Ali Longworth recently visited the setting to talk the children. He has served with the Hampshire Constabularly since 1995 and has served at Netley Abbey, Totton and Hythe Police stations as a response officer. He then spent over eleven years at the Roads Policing Unit at Totton but since September 2017 has now taken up his role at Lymington Police Station as a Neighbourhoods Officer.
He is keen to completely engage with all parts of the local community of Lymington and outlying districts as well as getting out and about on foot to meet the residents in person.
Useful links to external sources
September 2017 we will be offering 30 hour free childcare**https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/615804/30_hours_free_childcare.pdf.
**subject to eligibility
British Red Cross First Aid advice for babies and children
Inland Revenue Information about Family Tax Credits.
Childcare - Helpful tips on how to ditch the dummy. https://www.childcare.co.uk/information/how-to-ditch-the-dummy
Child development - what to expect next https://www.foundationyears.org.uk/files/.../4Children_ParentsGuide_2015_WEB.pd
Child development and how to deal with difficult moments http://giveittime.gov.wales/?lang=en
Guidance on phonics https://www.phonicsplay.co.uk/Phase1Menu.htm
Top tips on getting started with phonics including videos demonstrating the letter sounds https://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/for-home/advice-for-parents/phonics-videos#rm
The importance of play and how it supports a child's learning and development https://www.atl.org.uk/Images/Playing%20to%20learn%20%20-%20Feb%202012.pd
Tips and guidance on writing development http://school-ot.com/fine%20motor%20activities.html
Guidance on keeping babies and children healthy https://www.ndna.org.uk/NDNA/RB/RB_main_page_for_parents.aspx
To access the websites please highlight the web address and copy into your search engine
Please see the link below from Nursery World regarding the potential choking hazard of grapes