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Admissions to our Acorns Playgroup

Admissions to Acorns 

Acorns is an afternoon provision for children aged two to four years. It runs daily from 12:30 to 15:30.  Children attend a minimum of two afternoons a week and the vast majority of children progress into our Nursery class in the September following their third birthday.    The price per session is £16.50. The price is increasing to £18 per session from 1st September 2023.


In addition Acorns offers our Nursery children an extended session from 11:45 to 15:30 or a lunch session from 11:45 until 12:30 . The rates for these sessions are as follows:


Lunch Session: 11:45 – 12:30 


Lunchtime Extended Session: 11:45 – 15:30                        



The cost of the lunchtime extended session from 1st September 2023 will be £23.


How to apply for a place in Acorns 

Complete our online application form here:


Parents should apply to the school for an Acorns place once their child has reached 18 months or more. Acorns is very popular and parents are encouraged to put their child on our Expression of Interest List. Places are offered each September, and again at the start of the Spring term if there is availability.


For information on admissions and to register your interest for a place, or to arrange a tour, please contact the school office on 020 8940 7911. 


Early Years Funding


You could be eligible for 15 hours per week free childcare for two year olds if you are receiving one of the following: income support; income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance; income-related Employment and Support Allowance; support under Part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999; the guaranteed element of State Pension Credit; Child Tax Credit, provided you are not also entitled to Working Tax Credit and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190, as assessed by HM Revenue and Customs; Working Tax Credit and earning less than £16,190 a year. Your child will also be eligible if they have a current statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan and/or they receive Disability Living Allowance. In addition all looked after children and children who have left care through special guardianship or an adoption or residence order will be eligible.


For more information about Early Years Funding, click here

To see our admissions policies please click below to go to our Policies Page.

To find out more about Acorns visit our Acorns Class page by clicking on the link below: