Learning at Acorn Nursery

It is a happy talent to know how to play” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

To assist learning in Acorn Nursery, the curriculum is based on the seven key elements of Learning and Development as set out in the Early Years Foundation framework.

 Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Making relationships
  • Self-confidence and self-awareness
  • Managing feelings and behaviour

 Physical Development

  • Moving and handling
  • Health and self-care

 Communication and Language

  • Listening and attention
  • Understanding
  • Speaking


  • Reading
  • Writing


  • Numbers
  • Shape, space and measure

 Understanding the World

  • People and communities
  • The world
  • Technology

 Expressive Arts and Design

  • Exploring and using media and materials
  • Bring imaginative

Children join Acorn Nursery when they are two. To assist in meeting our aims to enable children to become articulate, confident, curious, creative and independent learners, the groups are set as Caterpillar Class and Butterfly Class.

Being attached to the Prep School gives opportunities for the Nursery to access specialist teachers in PE, Music and Art (see “Moving on to Prep” for more detail).

The Early Years Profile is set out as the learning journey for each child in the Nursery. This document is where observations and images are used to demonstrate examples of the children’s work and illustrate development in learning. There are regular “Learning Journey” sessions where parents are invited to view their profile and see the progress across all aspects of their Early Years Development.

“Play is our brain’s favourite way of learning” – Diane Ackerman


Play in Acorn Nursery

We have a range of rooms where all the children can access resources to learn through play from messy to fine motor skills. Our setting provides many opportunities for valuable nature play experiences. Becoming a Forest School will increase the use of the outdoor space enabling children to use the natural environment to develop.