The Acorn Nursery School Cranleigh
The Acorn Nursery School Cranleigh


Diary Dates

Term Dates  

Monday 9th September to Friday 25th October (Inset training day 6th September)

Half Term

Mondayv4th November to Friday 13th December (Christmas Parties 16th December)


Home Visits-New children starting

Your room manager will arrange a Home Visit, from either herself and/or child’s keyperson. We know from experience these visits help with the settling-in process enormously and the children bond with the staff quicker.


Meet & Greet – All Parents

Thursday 12th September 9.00 to 9.20. Lots of information to share and meet the staff


Parents in Partnership

We have 2 Class reps, Acorns-Debbie Huntingford, (Vogue’s mum). Catkins & Squirrels-Sarah Pettyfer (Rose’s mum) Their role will, primarily, be to organise social get togethers for you all (only if you want to of course) Maybe for a morning coffee, lunchtime sandwich, evening drink or pizza, play dates in the park for the children etc. There’s a ‘Parent’s Only’ Facebook page, which you may find helpful. Also the Class Reps, if you need them to, can be a go-between for you and nursery. Some parents/carers might be a little nervous talking to the staff, especially if it's your first time in a school environment. Whereas having another mum to talk to and pass requests, comments, complaints on to us, anonymously or with you name, might be helpful to you. They are there if you need them. Anything you tell the Class Reps will remain confidential from other parents. You can, obviously, always speak to any of the nursery staff at any time!  Sarah- Debbie-  

Social Dates booked, so far, for this term: 3 October, 21 November, 13 December (Xmas drinks) Further details to follow.


Extra Curricula Activities

Pyjama Drama (for all children) and Planet Soccer (for all children) will be joining us again this term. Both activities are great fun and hugely discounted. Both activities are suitable for all age children. This is a commitment for the term and should be paid for, in full, at the start of term. If I can fill your space if you’re away, I’ll refund you

Planet Soccer - Fridays      12 sessions  £44 

Pyjama Drama -Tuesdays  12 sessions  £48             

Small discount if you do both activities

Total cost £90 for the term.


Intergenerational Care visits-Moat Lodge 2nd Wednesday of the month (For Acorns, Pre-school children only)

Parent’s permission is required. Please see our website for further details or speak to any staff member


Forest School Classes  - Every Wednesday & Thursday (For Acorns and older Catkins)


Saturday Dad’s Drop-in

10.00 to 11.45  ‘Stay & Play’ sessions. Saturday 12TH Ocotber

All dads (or Grandads/Uncles), and their nursery child, are very welcome to come along to nursery to play. The children really do enjoy “Daddy” coming into their nursery, we only offer this once a term so do try and pop along. Please let us know if you’d like to attend.


Stay & Play for ALL parents/carers: 

You are invited into nursery (Squirrels, Catkins & Acorns) for a ‘Stay & Play’ session (for an hour or so) with your child. If you’d like to, of course, it’s not compulsory!  Please speak to your Room Leader to arrange a date.


Acorns  (Preschool) Parents only – November actual date TBC

Visit Cranleigh Primary School with your child, who can play, to look around reception, to meet the reception staff and, hopefully, both co-headteachers. These visits are hugely helpful to you especially if you’re undecided which school to choose. There’ll be a signing-up sheet in the foyer closer to the time.


Christmas Nativity Performance    

Thursday 12th December 09.30 at St Nicolas Church 

All nursery children will be involved in the performance so please keep the morning free.  Friends and family are very welcome (especially if they enjoy singing carols!) There will be no regular nursery today.


Rehearsal dates

Thursday 28 November and Tuesday 3rd December for ALL children. 9am at the Church if your child isn’t in on Thursdays or Tuesdays, otherwise normal time and we’ll walk the children over.

Unfortunately, we can’t use the Church Rooms afterwards for Coffee/Mince Pies, as we normally do. We’ll try and sort a room at school or one of the nursery rooms. 

Further details to follow 


Christmas Parties 

(No nursery today, just the parties)

Monday 16 December     ALL Catkins/Squirrels 9.00 -11.00 

Do come along to hear the children sing, for Carol Singing and to see Santa arrive at 10.15

Term ends after the party for Catkins


Monday 16 December    ALL Acorns 9.30 -11.45

Do come along to hear the children sing, for Carol Singing and to see Santa arrive at 11.00

Term ends after the party for Acorn


Thought for the Month

If your child climbs, throws and catches, he’ll be a better writer.  Children need to build those big muscles in their arms before they can securely hold a pencil in a tripod grip  

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