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Acorns Day Nursery

Day Nursery

Who to contact

Contact Name
Joanne Luffman-Cook
Contact Position
Nursery Manager
01732 459162

Where to go

Acorns Nursery/Sevenoaks Primary School
Bradbourne Park Road
TN13 3LB

When is it on?

When is childcare available
Open All Year
Carescheme Age Range:
0 year(s), 6 month(s) to 5 year(s), 0 month(s)
Opening Times
Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00

Other Details

Table of costs
Table of costs
AmountCost Type
£86.25 Per day
ECD Type
Day Nursery
Offers pickups
3-4 Year Old Funding?
2 Year Old Funding?
Total vacancies
Immediate vacancies?
Contact Provider for Vacancy Details?
Vacancy Information Last updated Date
Swing, Music, Literacy and Numeracy, Computers / It, Messy Play Area, Cookery, Toys/dolls, Dressing Up, Outdoor Activities, Themed Sessions, Environmental Area, Trike, Tv/video/dvd, Play House, Puppets, Visits and Outings, Garden, Walks, Sandpit, Arts And Crafts, Scooter, Reading, Refreshments, Books, Internet Connection, Songs, Sleeping Area, Slide, Climbing Frame, Stories, Climbing Ropes
Wheelchair Access

Ofsted Information

Ofsted URN
Link to latest ofsted inspection report 

30 Hours Extended Entitlement

Registered to provide up to 30 hours entitlement
30 Hours Partner Details (These are details of any other childcare provider(s) that this provider will work with to offer the 30 hours entitlement)

We offer 15 hours funding.

Service status


Local Offer

Special Needs Support

On admission to Acorns you will be asked to complete a plan that details your child's home routine along with spending time talking over your childs likes/dislikes and interests during a settling in session with their keyperson.  This will help us to plan for your individual child. Your key person will then complete your child's starting points in line with the 'Development Matters' document. Your keyperson will work closely with you right from the start so any specific areas of development identified can be targetted with an individual plan.

Our SENCo is available at any time for support.

You will receive daily information from your keyperson. You will have regular opportunities for meetings to discuss your childs progress. We use Tapestry, which is a personal online journal giving regular observations, information and photographs of the activities your child has been taking part in which are linked to the EYFS. Any extra planning or targetted plans that are in place will be reviewed and discussed with you on a two weekly/monthly basis.

The nursery has an open-door policy where parents can see their key person, the SENCO, or the manager when required.


Every child is treated as an individual at Acorns and everybody is welcome and included. Your keyperson will plan for your 'Unique Child' using the EYFS framework. We observe, assess and plan for each child in three prime areas of development-

Communication and Language development- We have a language rich environment and staff have received 'Every Child a Talker' training. This enables us to provide ideas and resources to support the child at nursery and for parents/carers to use at home. we work in line with Speech and Language Therapy advice.

Personal, Social and Emotional development-We will target small group and individual activities to promote well-being and resilience. Staff are able to attend specialist information sessions and link where needed with local specialist advisors.

Physical Development- We are aware of environmental factors that have a sensory impact on children and strive to keep noise, colours and lighting at a natural level. We build links with specialist services and have an accessible nursery.

All Acorns staff are qualified and trained in Early Years practice. The management team and some more experienced staff have also received training in supporting children with additional needs. We use the 'Best Practice Guidance' document developed by the Specialist Teaching and Learning Service. This sets out a range of strategies that we will use to support your child. Individual plans will ensure that your child's development is at the heart of all we do. Effective teaching and learning requires a wide range of appropriate resources and our SENCo will work with your keyperson to ensure any specialist equipment is obtained where necessary.

When individual plans are reviewed we may need, with parental permission, to contact Specialist Teaching and Learning services through our Local Inclusion Team Forum. These meetings are held six times a year and if a referral is accepted a specialist teacher would then visit your child to provide additional support and guidance. At all stages you would be consulted and a regular timetable of meetings would be arranged.

We have a robust keyperson approach which is essential for all the children in our care. The keyperson is responsible for guiding, monitoring and supporting the physical and emotional development of children in our care and this is especially important when a child has special or additional needs.

An overall assessment of your child's progress is made three times a year along with the Progress Check at Age Two. The Progress Check at Age Two is ideally in advance of your child's health development check with their Health Visitor.

Parents/carers are welcome in the nursery at any time and we pride ourselves on building strong relationships with the families that use our setting. Parents are encouraged to be actively involved and contribute ideas and information from home. The nursery has an open-door policy where parents can see their key person, the SENCO, or the manager when required.

 Our practice is fully inclusive. Activities are adaptable so that all children are able to take part.  

Each year we visit the Natural History Museum travelling by train to London. This is risk assessed-along with all our activities-and fully accessible to all our children regardless of any additional requirements.

The nursery is on one level with easy access to our outside space. The large, open plan rooms and garden are suitable for children using wheelchairs and frames.

A final summative assessment is prepared for each child to transition them off to school. Where a school has children attending who have SEN they are also sent a report from the keyperson and SENCO with copies of the most recent Individual Support Plans. Key people will quite often visit the local schools with children and the nursery where possible will also be involved in transition visits and meetings with outside agencies and the school to help the school have a full picture of the child’s development and well-being. Lots of personal, social and emotional activities are carried out in the lead up to school and we may turn the role play area into a school with uniforms to dress up in for children.

Our SENCo is able to take part in SENCo forums and has opportunities at LIFT meetings to gain support. All staff have regular staff meetings where overall effectiveness and policies are reviewed. Parents are welcomed to regular assessment visits where they can discuss progress with their keyperson and SENCo.

Please contact the setting by email or telephone and we will be able to advise you on availability and joining the waiting list.

Our SEND policy provides the context for supporting children through a graduated approach and our complaints procedure and policies are available for all parents to see.  We have a yearly parent survey and constructive feedback is welcomed at anytime.


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