Choose Acorn Nursery for your child 

​About us

At Acorn, our aim is to provide a high quality caring, inclusive stimulating and safe learning environment.  The wellbeing and happiness of each child is of utmost importance to us.  We work in partnership with parents to ensure there is a holistic approach to their children’s learning.

Children love our spacious rooms, designed to support their learning whilst they enjoy a variety of stimulating activities. We welcome children from any part of the city. Our team is professional, highly qualified and has a wealth of experience in working with young children.

We are a full day care nursery providing care for babies and children from 3 months to 5 years.

Our environment 

Indoors we provide enabling environments for all age groups. Children enjoy creative and sensory activities, where adults follow their lead and intervene sensitively. We have 3 rooms for 3 age groups, under 2’s, 2-3’s and 3-5’s. Each room is spacious and fully equipped to support the children’s learning through play and exploration. 
Outdoors, we have brand new spaces for children to explore, come rain or shine. Children are able to access the gardens for the whole of their sessions and we have wonderful structured and self-selecting resources for them to explore. Each room has its own outdoor space which also follows out to the main shared garden. We have a planting area which the children access through adult led activities, a brand new climbing structure, new safety surfaces and a new sand pit coming soon!

Our staff

All staff are either qualified or are working towards their level 3 qualification via the council’s apprenticeship scheme. We operate a ‘key-person’ approach where each child and family has a dedicated worker supporting them with all aspects of their settling, their development and their transitions. We have an Early Years teacher who supports all of the learning across the whole setting. Children enjoy free flow activities with the support of sensitive and caring key persons.

We cater for children with a wide variety of additional needs and differing abilities. We are inclusive and passionate about all children that we care for. We have a fully qualified Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator and many staff are experienced in caring for children with additional needs and some hold SEND qualifications gained through training. 

All of the rooms at Acorn Nursery have easy access to the outside spaces, toilets and all play experiences. We have a dedicated space for use with children with SEND where they have small group interventions and one to one support.


We have support from the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) and bilingual support for some of our children. We also have a dedicated inclusion support representative.


We provide breakfast, a hot lunch and a hot tea, which is sourced and cooked locally and delivered fresh to us on a twice daily basis. We can cater for dietary requirements for diagnosed allergies/intolerances and offer a vegetarian option. Our menu runs on a 3 week rolling basis and supports healthy choices for children. Breakfasts are included in the below fees. Lunches and teas are optional and charged separately. 

Flexible, emergency and occasional childcare

Ad-hoc sessions may be booked subject to availability for children already attending the nursery. We will consider each request for occasional or emergency childcare on an individual basis, subject to availability.

Location & Transport Options

We are located in the North Portslade Children's Centre just off Mile Oak Road. There is plenty of parking for dropping off and collecting children. The numbers 1 & 1a buses stop nearby and run every 7 minutes. 

We are open 51 weeks of the year.

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

Funded places, session times and fees 

There are now more ways than ever to reduce your childcare costs.  You can benefit from a wide range of funding options depending on your circumstances and the age of your children.  For help with childcare costs visit: Childcare Choices website

We welcome children with funded places including all 3 and 4 year olds.  Two year olds with parents in receipt of eligible benefits or tax credits are entitled to funded places - find out if you are eligible and apply online here 

Three and four year olds whose parents are working can get 30 hours free childcare - check your eligibility.  

Nursery Fees from April 1st 2020

£56.80 - for full standard day. 8am to 6pm (includes breakfast. Lunch and tea is charged separately)  

£28.40 - for a morning session. 8am to 1pm (includes breakfast)

£28.40 - for an afternoon session. 1pm to 6pm (Tea is charged separately)  

£5.68 - hourly rate

* Nappies and wipes are not included in the costs *Lunch and Tea (optional for 47.5 week funded only sessions) are £2.50 each.


Ofsted URN: EY318095

Latest Inspection: 16/05/2018 Inspection (Early Years Register) Inspection Judgement Good

Registration Date: 05/01/2006

More information about session times and fees 

There is no registration fee. We do ask for a deposit of £200 for those applying for a fee paying place if the start date is more than one month ahead. This amount will be deducted from your first bill when starting nursery. 

There is a minimum requirement of two sessions per week.

We ask parents to provide fruit for snack times.

Contact Acorn Nursery

Acorn Nursery 
The Rise 
BN41 2PY

Telephone: 01273 293980

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