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Early Years Foundation Stage

The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) Curriculum is the phase of education from birth to five, with the Reception year representing the final year of the EYFS. Our pre-school provision gives children the experiences and skills they need to successfully move into a Reception class and beyond.

There is a strong emphasis on learning through play, being both child-initiated and supported by adults. We believe that children learn best from practical experiences and ensure the curriculum is delivered in this way as much as possible as well as being linked to the needs and interests of the children.

Unique Child

At Little Acorns we understand that every child is a unique child who is constantly learning and can be resilient, capable, confident and self-assured. Each individual child’s needs are catered for by a highly qualified staff team who aim to provide an inclusive and nurturing atmosphere. We encourage children of all ages to become independent and inquisitive learners, giving them the confidence to have a go, explore and do things for themselves.

Positive Relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent though strong relationships with the significant adults in their lives. Before your child starts with us you will know who their key person is and have opportunities to meet with them. The key person will be their main caregiver and will monitor their planning, observations and assessments throughout nursery. We take an individualised approach to settling in with each child having the amount of visits they need to get to know us and to be happy for you to leave. Having a small experienced team is a huge strength as every child quickly gets to know all the play leaders which helps them to feel comfortable in their surroundings.

Enabling Environments

Little Acorns aims to provide a homely atmosphere and provide the bridge between home and school life. The intimacy of the setting allows families to settle in quickly. We have a range of stimulating resources indoors and outside which are organized appropriately for different age groups. Throughout the day we follow a detailed routine to provide a wealth of exciting, educational activities to facilitate children’s learning through play.

Learning and Development

We use our extensive knowledge and experience to plan activities which enable children to learn and develop. We aim to provide children with appropriate challenge to create happy, critical thinkers and independent young people.

The curriculum is organised into seven areas of learning:

  • Communication and language;
  • Physical development;
  • Personal, social and emotional development;
  • Literacy;
  • Mathematics;
  • Understanding the world; and
  • Expressive arts and design.

Communication and language

This area of learning and development involves giving children opportunities to experience a rich language environment; to develop their skills and confidence in expressing themselves; and to speak and listen in a range of situations.

Physical development

This area of learning and development involves providing opportunities for young children to be active and interactive; and to develop their coordination, control and movement. Children will also be helped to understand the importance of physical activity, and to make healthy choices in relation to food.

Personal, social and emotional development

This area of learning and development involves providing opportunities for children to develop a positive sense of themselves, and others; to form positive relationships and develop respect for others; to develop social skills and learn how to manage their feelings; to understand appropriate behaviour in groups; and to have confidence in their own abilities.


This area of learning and development involves encouraging children to link sounds and letters and to begin to read and write. Children will be given access to a wide range of reading materials to ignite their interest.


This area of learning and development involves providing children with opportunities to develop and improve their skills in counting, understanding and using numbers, calculating simple addition and subtraction problems; and to describe shapes, spaces and measures.

Understanding the world

This area of learning and development involves guiding the children to make sense of their physical world and their community through opportunities to explore, observe and find out about people, places, technology and the environment.

Expressive arts and design

This area of learning and development involves enabling children to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials, as well as providing opportunities and encouragement for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings.

What are Development Matters and Early Learning Goals?

Development matters are small steps of learning that lead to the early learning goals which set out what most children are expected to achieve by the end of the Foundation Stage (end of Reception year) and helps everyone who work with children aged 2 – 5 to focus on what children need to learn.

Will these goals put pressure on my child and lead to anxiety?

No! Most of the time the children will be choosing what they want to do and the adults will sensitively support them to learn new skills or increase their understanding.

How do you record my child’s progress?

Staff are always on the lookout for new achievements and will write notes or take photographs to record them. These will go into your child’s online learning journey, along with examples of their creations, to give a wonderful picture of their development. You will be able to access this system, called Tapestry, from home. We love to find out more about your child and so encourage you to upload and share events from home.


Tomorrow is World Book Day - the children are invited to come to school dressed as their favourite character or to make and bring a prop instead.  We are looking forward to seeing you all dressed up.  

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World Book Day

07 Mar 2019

The children were all very excited to dress up for World Book Day.  We have had Princesses, Goldilocks, Matilda, Batman, Spiderman and Fairies. 

Growing Grass Heads

13 Feb 2019

The children showed alot of enthusiasm when talking about making grass heads. They got very messy, shoveling the soil into cups, sprinkling on the grass seed and giving them the bottle water to give t...

Little Acorns and Starfish - Bird Feed

21 Nov 2018

Today children from The Little Acorn's and Starfish Class worked with parent volunteers to make bird food to sell at the St. Andrew's Day Sale.  It was a very messy job but they all enjoyed...

Finished Pudsey

16 Nov 2018

The Little Acorns staff and Children came to school in their pyjamas today for a Pudsey Party.  Throughout the week the children have been bringing in their coins to fill our Pudsey.  W...

Nursery Rhyme Week - 5 Currant Buns

16 Nov 2018

This week is Nursery Rhyme week and we are embracing everything 5 Currant Buns. Today the children were baking their own currant buns. They were also making buns in the Tuff Tray with flour and c...

Pudsey Party and Goodbye Mrs Beddows

16 Nov 2018

Today we said goodbye to Mrs Beddows, who is heading off on maternity leave to have her third child.  We took the opportunity to have a joint party with Little Acorns and Starfish Class and the c...

Children in Need Collection

15 Nov 2018

The children have been bringing in coins to fill up our 'Pudsey Coin fill' - we can’t wait to see the results tomorrow. 


13 Nov 2018

Shape and measure is an important aspect of mathematical development. Children need to learn about shapes in their environment and the concept of measure in order to gain spatial awareness and mathema...


05 Nov 2018

Today Little Acorns joined Starfish class in forest school to celebrate bonfire night.We toasted and ate marshmellows around the fire and lit sparklers. We talked about fire safety and helpe...

New outside area

03 Nov 2018

With its rich capacity to teach children to problem solve, connect, understand and be inquisitive in their play, constructive play is an important part of an early learning environment. Today the chil...

Thank you to Mrs Lampey and Mrs Beddows

03 Nov 2018

We are so lucky to have fantastic staff here at Little Acorns - a massive thanks to Mrs Beddows and to Mrs Lampey and her family who gave up their Saturday to make outdoor learning even better. ...

Pumpkin Fun

03 Nov 2018

It’s #pumpkinweek at Little Acorns Chardstock. Today the children were making pumpkins with playdough and hammering golf  tees into pumpkins at the finger gym. We have...

Autumn Welly Walk

21 Sep 2018

On Thursday 20th September we went for a blustery autumn walk and enjoyed walking around the village looking at all the leaves falling from the trees. We collected some leaves to look at all the diffe...

Berry picking and Village Welly Walk

21 Sep 2018

Today the little acorns went out on a village walk and picked blackberries, the children enjoyed spotting the blackberries on the brambles and picking them to make crumble next week. Whilst out on the...

Preschool Graduation

24 Jul 2018

Today we had a small celebration for our pre-school children leaving us to go to their new schools or leaving us to make the small step next door to Miss Spurdle’s class for the start of their &...


11 Jul 2018

Today we walked to the shop with the children to buy golden syrup to make flapjack. The children spoke about liking syrup on their pancakes at home. We used the measuring scales to weigh out the ingre...

Village Walk

09 Jul 2018

Thursday the pre school children went out for a walk in the village.  The children enjoyed looking at the flowers and leaves on their journey.  

Pizza Making

05 Jul 2018

Role Play - Doctor

05 Jul 2018

This week the children have been exploring different occupations looking at the jobs people have in the community. They have been taking on the role of doctors in our doctors role play area using reso...

Shopping for ingredients

04 Jul 2018

Whilst exploring the cornflour this morning the children were pretending to make cakes so we decided to go for a spontaneous walk to the shop for some ingredients to make some chocolate cakes. The chi...

Pre-school Police Visit

18 Jul 2017

Today the children were visited by some Police officers. The children were very excited to learn about their job and try on some of the uniform. We got to go and look at the Police van and we even sa...

RNLI visit to Pre-School

18 Jul 2017

The children had a fantastic visit from two members of the RNLI. The children loved dressing up as lifeguards and life boat crew. We learnt how to stay safe at the beach and to shout for 'help' if the...

Shrove Tuesday in Pre-School

18 Jul 2017

Yesterday the pre-school children and staff enjoyed pancakes for snack time. The children had the choice of lemon and sugar, honey, blueberries and raspberries. We all enjoyed the yummy pancakes. Plea...

Go Active fun in Pre-School

18 Jul 2017

This morning the pre-school children had a trial session with Go Active.  The children had such great fun with Mr Smith and his pe session. The children demonstrated moving freely and with pleas...

Pre-School Traffic watch

18 Jul 2017

The pre-school children went on a walk into the village looking at the traffic they could see. We were looking at ways in which we could represent number by making lines on paper in the form of a tall...