Frequently asked questions
What age can my child start and what ratios do you follow?
Children can start Little Acorns Nursery from 2 years old.
2-3 years old require 1 adult - 4 children ratio
Any child above the age of 3 years requires 1 adult - 8 children ratio
It is our aim to exceed ratios which helps us to provide high quality care and education.
How do I apply for a place for my child?
We feel it is important for parents to come and visit the setting before applying for a place. This gives you a chance to meet the staff who will be looking after your child and have a look around. You can telephone or email us to reserve a place. A £50 deposit is required to reserve a place.
How do I pay for childcare?
We generate your account at the start of each month. We accept payment by Cheque, Cash, Bank Transfer and also Childcare vouchers. Any adjustments are applied to the following months account.
Please note that you are required to pay your fees if your child is off with an illness or any other reason during term time. Please see session times and costs for more information.
What are Childcare Vouchers?
Childcare vouchers are a scheme offered by most employers to help working parents save on registered childcare costs. The key is that it enables you to pay for childcare out of your pre-tax and National
Insurance income. Most employers work it on a salary sacrifice system.
Out of School at All Saints Ltd is registered with many childcare voucher companies.
What is free childcare and education for 2 to 4-year-olds?
All 3 to 4-year-olds in England can get 570 hours of free early education or childcare per year. This is taken as 15 hours each week for 38 weeks of the year. Some 2-year-olds are also eligible. To check if you are eligible visit www.lancashire.gov.uk/family or call 0300 123 6712
3 to 4-year-olds
You can start claiming free childcare after your child turns 3. The date you can claim will depend on when their birthday is. Please refer to the table below.
|Will become eligible for a place:|
- 31st March
|The start of the Summer Term (usually April) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.|
- 31st August
|The start of the Autumn Term (usually September) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.|
|1st September - 31st December||The start of the Spring Term (usually January) following their 3rd birthday until statutory school age.|
Do you provide 30 hours free entitlement?
You can check if you are eligible for 30 hours free childcare (the Extended Entitlement) by doing the following:-
-Apply through the digital childcare service
https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk If your application is successful, you will be given an 11-digit eligibility code (beginning with '500').
-You must give us the code for verification along with your National Insurance number and child's date of birth.
-You will be required to complete a declaration/consent form which can be obtained from nursery, before we can validate the code into the portal.
This needs to be done the term before your child turns 3.
What curriculum do you follow?
Little Acorns Nursery follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS curriculum contains national standards. Further details about the Four Principles of the curriculum can be found on our play and learning link.
Our nursery follows the statutory guidance set by OFSTED
All children have access to appropriate learning environments, so that they reach their full potential.
Do you have inspections?
We are inspected by ‘OFSTED’. After our last inspection we were awarded an "Outstanding" report. This can be found on the link.
What meals are provided for my child?
Children are provided with breakfast, afternoon snack and later snack for those children who stay between 3.30 to 5.30pm.
At lunch time you can purchase a school lunch or provide a healthy packed lunch for you child. School lunches are cooked fresh on a daily basis. The menu aims to help children enjoy a healthy balanced diet containing low fat, protein items and plenty of starchy carbohydrates, accompanied by lots of fruit and vegetables and salad. Using healthier ingredients for the recipes and ideas from the children the menus have been developed to meet government nutritional standards. A vegetarian option is available daily and we can support special dietary requirements.
In nursery our children always have access to drinking water and a healthy snack.
What if my child is poorly?
We aim to promote the good heath of all our children who attend the setting.
If your child is feeling unwell or has a high temperature they should be at home until they are well enough to return to the setting, we will agree to administer medication as part of maintaining their health and
well-being when recovering from illness. If your child requires anti-biotics or is prescribed any other medication we advise you to keep your child at home for 48 hours to ensure no adverse effects from the medicine and to allow the medicine to take effect.
Children with infectious illnesses should not return to the setting until they are no longer able to infect others and again are well enough.
What clothing does my child need?
Your child will have access to outdoor play during the day, therefore it is essential that your child comes to nursery in appropriate clothing; we ask that you provide a waterproof coat. Your child will need spare clothes and wellington boots to keep at nursery. We provide ‘muddy puddles’ dungarees for your child to use.
Does my child need to be toilet trained before they start Little Acorns Nursery?
When you feel your child is ready to start toilet training staff will be more than happy to give you advice and support to ensure routines are continued both at home and nursery. It is important to speak to your child’s key person before your child begins toilet training.