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.  

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.  

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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-School is a GOOD provider, below are excerpts from our latest inspection which took place on 22nd January 2018.
"Children thoroughly enjoy their time in the pre-school. They settle well on arrival, demonstrate positive behaviour and build good relationships with staff and each other."
"Children have good opportunities to explore, investigate and follow their own interests."
"Staff support children's learning effectively for most of the time. They provide a stimulating play environment, indoors and outdoors, that reflects children's capabilities and interests"
"Key persons know their children very well. They use their observation and assessment procedures successfully, to identify children's next steps in learning and help them make good progress in preparation for school."
"Leaders and managers monitor and support the very well-qualified staff team effectively to reflect on its practice, and improve the quality of teaching."
"Leaders, managers and staff have a good knowledge of safeguarding procedures and know what to do if they have concerns about children's welfare."