Little Acorns

Here at Gainsborough, we are proud to have such a wonderful after school club, catering for children from ages 4 to 12 years. The children have a fantastic time with friendly, fully qualified staff.

For any further information please contact Caroline Dunning:

Mobile: 07810 428062
Address: Little Acorns, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5QE

About Caroline Dunning

Caroline Dunning is the Manager of the club. Her qualifications are a Diploma in Operational and Institutional Management, BSc with Honours, PGCE, Child Psychology and Level 3 CCLD and she also has training in food hygiene, paediatric first aid, autistic training, developing self esteem and confidence in children with additional needs, effective playwork practices and Level 1 and 2 Safeguarding Children.

About Little Acorns

Little Acorns aims to provide a service to parents of school children between the ages of 4 – 12 years. Working closely with parents and carers, we will treat all children as we would our own.

We are committed to providing:

  • A safe environment
  • Trained staff
  • Parental involvement
  • Security for all children
  • A creative and stimulating environment
  • A welcoming and friendly atmosphere

We will always provide high quality childcare for both out of school and holidays clubs.  We guarantee that we will fully involve the children, the parents and the school in the way that the club is run, ensuring that quality standards and expectations are consistently met and exceeded; we will also monitor and review our progress against the above goals.

We guarantee that all staff responsible for the children will undergo the appropriate checks and hold the following qualifications:

  •  Enhanced CRB checked
  •  Paediatric First aid
  • Food Hygiene
  • Have or be working towards a NVQ in Childcare/ Playwork

We will work closely with SureStart to ensure that we are up to date with the latest requirements and hold all relevant information with regards to ‘wrap around childcare’, and with Ofsted to ensure that we maintain the quality inspections reports which have been achieved in the past.  We will also work closely with all our staff to ensure they are fully involved in the running of the club and their qualifications are kept up to date.

Little Acorns’ Mission Statement

This statement outlines the services that children, parents/carers and the community can expect from Little Acorns, and the values that inform our work:

  • Provide a happy, safe, warm and stimulating environment for all children to play, learn and develop freely.
  • Help children to develop responsibility for themselves and their actions and to become competent, confident, independent and co-operative individuals.
  • Encourage children to have a positive attitude and respect for both themselves and other people.
  • Promote a positive relationship with parents and work in partnership with them to provide high quality play and care for their children.
  • Offer inclusive services that are accessible to all children in the community.
  • Undergo regular monitoring and evaluation of our services to ensure that Little Acorns continues to meet the needs of children and parents.

Little Acorns is committed to meeting the needs of parents and carers by:

  • Listening and responding to their views and concerns.
  • Keeping them informed of our policies and procedures, including opening times, fees and charges and programme of activities.
  • Sharing and discussing their child’s achievements, experiences, progress and friendships along with any difficulties that may arise.

Little Acorns is committed to providing:

  • Care and activities that put the needs and safety of the children first.
  • A programme of activities that is interesting, educational, stimulating and fun.
  • Activities that promote each child’s social, physical, moral and intellectual development.
  • Access to a variety of facilities and equipment under safe and supervised conditions.
  • A staff team that is experienced, well trained and properly supported.
  • Services that meet the conditions of the Children’s Act 1989 and all other relevant childcare legislation, wherever they apply.
  • An environment where no child is bullied or suffers discrimination in any form.


Little Acorns’ opening Times

Out of School Club

Morning                            07.30 – 08.45
Afternoon                        15.00 – 17.30

Holiday Club
Full Day                             07-30 – 17.30
Half Days                          07.30 – 13.00 or  13.00 – 17.30


Little Acorns’ Fees

Out of School Club
Morning                           £6.95
Afternoon                        £11.95

Holiday Club
Full Day                             £22.00
Half Day                            £14.00

Trips will have additional charges

 Additional Information
Late payments                 £30.00 surcharge

Late Pick- up Charges    £18.00
Working Families Tax Credit System accepted
Any Childcare Vouchers System accepted

Ofsted Registration Number:  EY393902

E-banking facilities are available on request


Weekly Menu




Selection of fruit, cereal, toast, fruit juice, milk and water


Pasta with tuna and sweetcorn, yoghurt, fruit juice, milk and water




Selection of fruit and vegetables, cereal, crumpets, fruit juice, milk and water


Savoury rice with chicken and veg, fruit cheesecake, fruit juice, milk and water




Selection of fruit, cereal, bagels, fruit juice, milk and water


Beans on toast, fromage frais, fruit juice, milk and water 




Selection of fruit, cereal, toast, fruit juice, milk and water


Spaghetti on toast, fresh fruit, fruit juice, milk and water




Selection of fruit and vegetables, cereal, brioche, fruit juice, milk and water


Chicken and mushroom pasta, muffins, fruit juice, milk and water

Water is always available



Examples of Free Play and Activities

Multi Cultural Study
Artwork, food, games, history, culture and beliefs

Arts and Crafts
Weekly activities to be displayed and/or taken home

Council – regular monthly meetings

Bee Warriors – monitoring and improving facilities around school from bees and other wild life

Gainsborough Gardeners – planting, growing and selling a range of vegetables and fruit to parents and school

WWF Green Ambassadors – working towards badges that he[p and improve the environment in which we live

Indoor Play
Group games, Board games, jigsaws and models, Colouring in, Cars, Dolls and teddies, Role play and dressing up, Books, Music, Quiet area, Sports and obstacle courses, Cookery, Homework support, quizzes, WII activities

Outdoor Play
Group games, Football, Roller Skates, Pogo Sticks, Stilts, Hoops, Skipping, Tennis, Chalks, Obstacle courses, Play Dens, Picnic Area, Gardening

Loose Parts Play
Piles of leaves, conkers or sycamore seeds in the autumn or pieces of wood, containers, keys, stones, sticks, toilet rolls, newspapers etc at other times

Quiet Time
DVDs, Books, Music

Singing and Dancing, Sports, Colouring

Holiday Club Outings
Cinema, Park,  Bowling

Outings only happen at parents requests because of costs!

Legal Requirements
Enrolment forms, Parental contract, Session form, Medical consent form, Allergies and Preferences form, Risk Assessment form, Equipment and Safety checklists, Accident and Incident form, Significant change in behaviour and existing injury form, Physical intervention form, Child disclosure forms, Missing Child form, Child not collected form, Fire drill log, Outings permission slips, Parental Suggestion and Concern form, Complaints form, Confidentially agreement, Invoice

Daily Management
Sample Register, Activity planning sheet, Child observation slip
Not included are a staff comments book and a visitor’s book.

Address: Belgrave Road, Crewe, CW2 7NH

Telephone: 01270 685328

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