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A typical session

All our sessions are planned to enable children to learn through their play and to progress in their development in all the areas of learning and above all to have lots of fun!

We organise our sessions so that the children can choose from a range of activities and, in doing so, increase their ability to select and work through a task to its completion. The children are also helped and encouraged to take part in adult-led small and large group activities, which introduce them to new experiences and help them to gain new skills, as well as helping them to learn to work with others.

On a daily basis every effort is made to include a varied range of inspirational activities which are imaginatively set out to appeal to all ages and stages of development.

The main hall is divided into ‘areas’ of play, including role-play, construction, book corner, maths and graphics workshops, small world, computer, creative and messy play areas. We also have the advantage of a small hall for small group and quiet activities. Outdoor activities contribute to children’s health, their physical development and their knowledge of the world around them.

Here are more details of a typical session. All times are approximate as we like to be spontaneous and flexible.

09.15 - 09.45am

The children find their name label on the board in the foyer and choose a peg for their coat and bag. They go into the main hall, where they are greeted and registered by a member of staff. The children can then find their artwork name label and place it on the table where the session’s creations will be put for collection at hometime. Fruit/vegetable donations are put in the basket and lunch boxes on the counter. Parents/carers are able to explore an activity with their child while they settle in.


The “special helper” (each child has a turn at being the day’s helper) rings the triangle to let the children know that it is circle time. This is an opportunity for the children to say good morning and share news or an item brought from home. The special helper then counts the children and collects the day’s item from the surprise box.

10.00am onwards

Activities and rolling snack time. The children choose the time when they want their snack so their play is not interrupted at an inappropriate time for them.

11.45am - 12.15pm

Music & movement and story time.


The special helper for that day is asked to open the inner door with a member of staff and invite the parents/carers in to collect children who are not staying for lunch. The children collect their treasured work, we say our goodbyes and give any relevant information to parents. It is so important to share special achievements or things their child has particularly enjoyed during the session.

"I’ve had three children at Little Acorns who have all enjoyed their time there. The staff are very caring and proactive and help the children to settle well. Exciting activities are organised to meet the needs and interests of individual children. They are well prepared for school by the time they leave Little Acorns."

Naomi, mum to Alice and Henry