Welcome to Acorn Childcare

As one of the most established providers of nurseries and childcare in Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire, Acorn Childcare has over 25 years’ experience operating nurseries, out of school clubs and Forest Schools. Acorn Childcare is a not-for-profit organisation, meaning the children’s needs come first.

Our Nurseries

We operate a number of nurseries across Milton Keynes and Northamptonshire. Providing a homely setting with an emphasis on healthy food and outdoor play, we work hard to ensure the children’s well-being is at the heart of everything we do.

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Out of School Clubs

Offering a range of activities and arts-and-crafts, our out-of-school and holiday clubs are a great way for children to have fun and play outside of school hours, giving you the added flexibility of drop off and collecting at times that are convenient to you.

Out-of-school clubs


acorn-forest-schoolsActivities and Forest Schools

All of our nurseries provide a range of additional activities to aid children’s learning and development. Every nursery also has access to our established and well respected Forest Schools, offering an innovative approach to outdoor play and learning.

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At Acorn Childcare, we’ve designed our fees to be straightforward and transparent. Our fees are all-inclusive, and you won’t be charged extra for any of the following:

  • All inclusive fees, including all food, baby milk, nappies and wipes
  • Freshly prepared meals
  • Forest Schools
  • A range of activities

All our nurseries follow the same set of menus, which are carefully planned to ensure that they are nutritionally balanced and appealing to the children. Acorn ensure that all ingredients are, as far as possible, fresh, locally and ethically sourced, and of a high quality.

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‘Putting children first’ is one way we sum up our ethos in our nurseries, and we have developed the following core values which all our staff follow and work to achieve:

  • Personal
  • Professional
  • Nurturing
  • Outdoor
  • Ethical
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Over the last twenty-five years, Acorn has developed a range of robust policies and procedures to ensure consistency across our nurseries. Our policies are located within each nursery’s prospectus, which can be downloaded from the nursery’s individual web pages. If you would like additional information please request this from our Central Support Office. Policies include: Inclusion and Special Educational Needs, Behaviour Management, Safeguarding, Equal Opportunities and Healthy Eating. Sustainability is a key policy which is embedded throughout our practices.

We aim to balance the need to be consistent in our practice with allowing nurseries to develop their own individuality and we have a cluster-type structure, with no nursery more than half an hour away from another, and all nurseries within an hour’s drive from our Central Support Office. No policy is set in stone, as they are all reviewed at least annually to ensure that we remain at the forefront of childcare excellence.

We strongly believe that children need sensitive, knowledgeable adults to care for and nurture them and that the best childcare professionals are those who enjoy their work and who are constantly striving to improve their practice. Our team of fully qualified and experienced early years practitioners are supported by nursery assistants, who are working towards a qualification. All staff are trained to observe and listen to children, enabling them to develop personalised learning opportunities and supportive relationships.

Above all, we aim to recruit staff with a genuine love of children, and we value experience and maturity as much as energy and enthusiasm, as we believe the best staff teams have a balance of personalities and abilities.  We also have a team of staff in our Central Support Office who provide administrative and specialist support to each of the nurseries, enabling the staff to spend time with the children, not on paperwork.

Acorn Childcare: A Day at Nursery

This short video features footage showing what the children get up to in a typical day at nursery. Filmed from the children’s perspective and across several sites, it shows the day through their eyes and the world as they see it, as well some of the types of activities they get up to and the style of play they choose to participate in.



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