OFSTED Registration no. EY133720
Registered Charity No. 1016821
Charlton Acorns is an independent pre-school situated in the grounds of Charlton Primary School. We take children from the age of 2 years until they are of school age. We work hard to ensure that we consistently give care of the highest standard and that we meet children's individual needs and promote their welfare.
We have our own building and our own secure outdoor play area. We also benefit from being able to use Charlton Primary School's Forest School area which is a brilliant resource for us and allows us to offer regular Forest School sessions. Older children are able to make regular visits to the school so that the transition is made easier when they move on to 'big' school. We must point out, however, that attending Charlton Acorns does not entitle your child to a place at the school.
Charlton Acorns Pre-school provides a relaxed and friendly setting in which young children can play and learn. It is widely recognised that children learn best when they feel happy, secure and are suitably challenged and we aim to provide this through a play-based curriculum with both child and adult-initiated activities and exploration. We provide an environment where children can learn through their play and while we offer adult-led activities and group time the focus is still on play and discovery as the children can learn at their own pace. Within our practice we regularly observe each child and note their achievements and current interests. This information is used to guide us when planning future activities to ensure that each child has the opportunity to experience a variety of areas aimed at their individual level and further their holistic development. Children are not made to take part in any activity they do not want to do, but gentle encouragement may be given to help each child to diversify and try new things.
The Pre-School is run by a Committee of elected parents/carers.
Charlton Acorns Pre-chool is registered with the local Early Years Development, the Preschool Learning Alliance and qualifies for local education grants for our children.
We are monitored by Ofsted and we were last inspected 15th May 2014. A copy of the report can be viewed from the Ofsted website using our unique reference number 133720.
Our Ofsted report gave us a 'good' judgement and the officers were very complimentary about how the preschool is run, stating "Children develop very positive behaviour in this calm, friendly and suitably resourced environment."
Other comments include:
"Children become engrossed in their activities as soon as they arrive for their pre-school session. They are keen to explore and to engage in new experiences. They show good levels of concentration and are able to persist when challenges occur. Staff support them well with this approach, as they explain how to prevent water from spilling from a watering can when children carry it across the garden."
"Children develop positive relationships with each other, their key persons and the staff team. Children spontaneously hug staff, showing that they feel secure and comfortable. Staff are proactive in helping children to respect each other, explaining why some children do not like the musical instruments being played too loudly. Staff have a very calm and gentle approach, reassuring children when necessary or caring for them effectively in the event of an accident."