Forest School – Starts January 2018

Forest School will be run at Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school from January 2018!

We are  very excited to announce that from January 2018 Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school will be running a Forest School session for over 3 year old’s.

After successful Forest School training we now have fully qualified team members who will be running Forest School on a weekly basis for our pre-school children.  This is a new and exciting service that we will be offering and represents a fantastic way for children to engage in outdoor learning.

If you would like to find out more please contact us!

Toddler Group Venue Change

From January 2018 our our popular Baby & Toddler group will be held at Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school on a Monday 9.30am -11.30am during term time.

Our weekly Toddler Group will now be held on a Monday morning at Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school (as opposed to in the Village Hall). The Toddler Group will continue to run from 9.30 am – 11.30 am during term time and will still include lots of activities, crafts, snack etc – just in a purpose-built, more child friendly facility – full of improved opportunities to explore and play – both inside and outside.

Our group is run by a qualified member of staff with planned themed activities. Lots of fun toys and activities will be available including plenty of arts & crafts, sensory play, singing, story time and a healthy snack for the little ones. Tea, coffee, biscuits and a place to chat and make friends for the grown ups too.

Price: £2.50 per family, £1 for additional children, (under 1’s are free).  Like our Facebook page to stay in touch and receive updates on up coming activities.

Please note: Whilst Toddler Group is taking place, children attending pre-school on a Monday morning will be joining Forest School. This is a new and exciting service that we will be offering and represents a fantastic way for children to engage in outdoor learning. Forest School will take place away from the setting, so Toddler Group families and pre-school children will not be present at the setting at the same time. In the event of extreme weather conditions, or the absence of our Trained Forest School Leader or team, we would have no choice but to cancel Forest School. In this event Toddler Group will be cancelled and pre-school will continue to run from the pre-school setting. We will of course aim to give as much notice as possible to families of Toddler Group via social media and email, and a poster will be placed on the front door advising of closure.

 

We look forward to seeing you and your little ones there!

For more information, contact us or find us on Facebook!

Adult Christmas Craft Evening 5th December 7.30 pm

Join us for a relaxed, fun, festive evening creating adult Christmas crafts. Enjoy a free glass of mulled wine on arrival. Mince pies, tea and coffee also available. This is a fundraising event and proceeds will benefit the pre-school children.

Date: Tuesday 5th December at 7.30 pm

Venue: Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school, Oak Field, The Wyches, Little Thetford, CB6 3HG

Ticket price: £5 if booked in advance or £6 on the door. Tickets are available from the pre-school office or simply send payment along with your name and contact details to the above address.

 

Children’s Christmas Craft Morning – Thursday 21st December 10 am-12 pm

Join us for an exciting morning of Christmas crafts for all ages to enjoy. Tuck shop available, plus tea and coffee for the grown ups!

This is a fundraising event and proceeds will benefit the pre-school directly.

Date&time: Thursday 21st December 10 am-12 pm

Venue: Little Thetford Acorns Pre-school, Oak Field, The Wyches, Little Thetford, CB6 3HG

Tickets: £2.50 per child

My Nametags

Fed up of items getting lost in Pre-school?

Visit www.mynametags.com and design your own stick on or iron on stickers – loads of designs, super cute and really easy to use.

Plus use our school ID 46026 and we get a donation.

Get Sticking!

 

FEED ME YOUR PENNIES!!!

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You may have noticed this handsome chap in our foyer – please feed him your pennies and loose change to get his tummy nice and full (and help us reach our fundraising target of £3000 by the end of the year!) Thanks!

The Garden Project

The outdoor environment is a rich, dynamic and natural space for learning and development in children of all ages. Its value as an essential learning resource has been recognised by many pieces of research and more recently within the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS), particularly within the principle of ‘Enabling Environments’.

We already had a fantastic outside space with a large wooden train for riding and climbing on, slide and climbing frame, “the mound”, a football net, sand tray and so much more for the children to enjoy. Last year we spent some of our funds on improving the main part of the garden by building a mud kitchen and painting murals on the fence.

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However, for some time we have been working to improve the area to the side of our setting by turning it into an interactive gardening and wildlife area – giving the children an opportunity to get hands on with nature, gain an interest in gardening and explore plants, smells, sounds and sights and generally enjoy the outdoors. Unfortunately our application to for Lottery funding was turned down, and with no extra funds to pay for it, our Garden Project seemed back to square one.

Our garden before...

Our garden before…

Our garden before...

Our garden before…

Having decided that we needed to avoid another lengthy application process, we decided that crowd sourcing was the way to go and so started to look for donations of unwanted garden items. Parents, grandparents and local businesses kindly donated scaffolding boards to build planters, topsoil, railway sleepers, roof tiles, logs, stepping stones, plants, shrubs, bird feeders, a water butt, paint and gravel. Using ideas from Pinterest and a visit to Ely nursery Harlequins, Setting Manager Zoe Corley and Committee Member Lucy Thorne designed the garden. Then over a weekend in October around 20 parents, along with grandparents, members of staff and the Management Committee, gave up their time to build it.

For a grand total of £38 we now have our sensory garden! There are five planters containing plants corresponding to each of the five senses, together with a Bug Mansion that the children helped build and bird feeders. There is also a compost bin and water butt to show the children the value of recycling and reusing. The children have loved exploring and planting in their new garden since its grand unveiling on Monday 20th October 2014.

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Our finished garden!

Our finished garden!

Our finished garden!

Even though the garden is finished, work still continues. Fundraising is now needed to buy the children the tools so they can use their garden, such as watering cans, tools for gardening and bug hunting and maybe even a shed!

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The Bug Mansion

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The value of recycling…

Thank you to all parents and grandparents who were involved in our Garden Project – without your donations, time and energy none of it would have been possible!

 

 

Special thanks to:

Franco from FDS Bulk Haul for 2 tons of topsoil, railway sleepers and rocks

Staff at Amey Cespa for the stepping stones

Pete from B&Q for finding all the discounted plants and compost

Mike Randall from Ridgeons for the water butt

 

The Big Build!

This page is about the building of Little Thetford Acorns. The building has been operational since 2010 and we hope you and your children have enjoyed using our setting. Lots of hard work, time and effort went into the design, the build and securing the funding. Thank you to all those who were involved in the project!

Feb 2010: Building completed and in use! An amazing job by all involved.

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

Little Thetford Acorns – Building Completed!

We have some plans and artists impression of the new building.

Monday November 2, 2009

Today the Pre-School children and some of the other children in the village got to see the new building first hand. After Sunday’s rotten weather, the sun shone today for this great picture of the children taking a sneak preview of what will become their new pre-school in the new year.

The children get to see what their new building will look like

The children get to see what their new building will look like

Saturday September 19, 2009

Concrete floors

Concrete floors

Saturday September 19, 2009

Blockwork and walls started

Tuesday September 15, 2009

Foundations dug out

Digging the foundations out

Monday September 14, 2009

Ready to dig out the foundations

Saturday September 12, 2009

The build area has been dug out

The build area has been dug out

Tuesday September 8, 2009

Friday June 12, 2009

After news on June 11 of the grant being confirmed by Cambridgeshire County Council, a small impromptu celebration is held and the plot is pegged out.

At the pegging out ceremony

At the pegging out ceremony