Acorns Early Years Centre

Joy House, Franklin Road, Dartford DA2 7UZ

Acorns Early Years Centre, Dartford, Kent
Acorns Early Years Centre, Dartford, Kent
Acorns Early Years Centre, Dartford, Kent

Acorns believes that every child deserves the best possible start in life and offers them support to reach their potential. It recognises that all children should be able to play and learn in a fun environment with adults who understand and care about them.

Acorns has four rooms in total: Babies; toddlers; preschool; and fully funded sessional preschool (term time only).

Acorns also operates an after-school club for children attending Joydens Wood and Maypole Primary School. Their out of school room is for school age children from Reception to Year 6.

Acorns Holiday Club runs each school Holiday for Primary School Age Children.

The Day Nursery consists of three rooms: Babies; toddlers; and preschool. Children will automatically move through these rooms whenever appropriate.

Acorns' fully funded sessional preschool is available the term after your child's 3rd birthday until they leave for school. This is 9am-12pm each day during term time.

Acorns out of school room is for school age children from reception to year 6. It also provides a holiday club for these ages.

Owner: Acorns Early Years Centre

Person in charge: Carol Fairman (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: Kent County Council

Number of Staff: 24

Service Offered: Day Nursery (Voluntary / Not for Profit Owned), Open all year, Full Day Care, Sessional Day Care

Registered Charity Number: 1095582

Total Places for Children: 80

Age Range: from 0 years 4 months to 11 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: 0800-1800

When Closed: Christmas

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Reviews

7.7 Acorns Early Years Centre has a Review Score of 7.7 (7.698)

The Review Score of 7.7 (maximum of 10) for Acorns Early Years Centre is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.6 out of 5 from 8 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for Acorns Early Years Centre in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 3.1 out of 5 from 1 positive Reviews in the last 12 months.

  • a) 5 Points are available for the Average Rating of all Reviews over all time. For each review the Day Nursery / service is rated Excellent, Good, Satisfactory, Poor or Very Poor on a number of areas eg Staff, Management etc. The Day Nursery receives points for each rating as follows: Excellent = 5. Good = 4. Satisfactory = 3. Poor = 2. Very Poor = 1. These points are added up and then divided by the total number of completed ratings to generate the average rating.

    The Average Rating of 4.635 for Acorns Early Years Centre is calculated as follows: ( (63 Excellents x 5) + (31 Goods x 4) + (2 Satisfactorys x 3) ) ÷ 96 Ratings = 4.635

  • b) 5 Points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 12 months. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. A Positive Review is defined as any Review with 'Extremely Likely' or 'Likely' in answer to the question 'How likely are you to recommend this Day Nursery to friends and family?'

    The 5 points available are broken down as follows:

    1. 4 points are available for the first 5 Positive Reviews, 3 points for the first Positive Review and then 0.25 Points for each of the next 4 Positive Reviews.

    2. 1 point is available for reaching a target number of Positive Reviews based on 20% of the number of registered maximum number of service users. If the target is partially reached then that proportion of 1 point is given. eg a Day Nursery with 50 registered maximum number of service users has a target of 10 Positive Reviews, if it has 10 or more Positive Reviews it will receive 1 point, if it has 7 reviews will receive 0.7 points.

    3. If there are no Positive Reviews in the last 12 months, then 2.5 points are available for the number of Positive Reviews in the last 2 years. The calculation is the same as above, except the points are divided by 2.

    The 3.063 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for Acorns Early Years Centre is based on 1 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 = 3

    2. Target of 16 positive Reviews (80 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 1 Reviews ÷ 16 Target = 0.063

  • When a Review is submitted by someone who has previously submitted a Review, only the latest Review will count towards the Review Score.


Average Ratings

  • Excellent
    6
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend Acorns Early Years Centre?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    7
  • Likely
    1
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
    0
  • Extremely UNLIKELY
    0

Reviewer Connection to Acorns Early Years Centre

  • Mother of Child
    8

If you consistently communicate well and express any concerns they are brilliant staff that care. Please at least give this nursery at least six months before making any decisions. Get to know them, make the effort and you will see their care, hard work and efforts.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Satisfactory

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Satisfactory

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

I cannot fault this nursery, my son has developed so much since he has been going. When he joined he didn't say many words but with the help of the wonderful staff, he is now an absolute chatterbox. He has learnt so much and has so much fun. He asked to go there every day as soon as he wakes up.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

I couldn't ask for a better after school club, all members of staff have been brilliant with my little girl and brilliant with any of my concerns! My little girl loves it so much she's asked to go every day, it's clear to see how happy and safe she feels with all the girls which makes me a happy mummy!

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 5 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Acorns is a friendly, caring and welcoming environment for its children and parents. I am delighted at the level of care my son receives, and he has come on leaps and bounds since starting there. He will really miss Acorns when he starts school, especially the girls in the preschool room.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We've had a positive experience since my son joined two years ago. They have recently been especially good as we have been struggling with potty training, the staff have really helped him understand and get comfortable using the potty and toilet. It's still a work in progress but they have been very patient. We are also about to move into the pre-school room and they have really gently helped my son feel comfortable in the room with lots of older girls and boys. They respond to his needs, follow his interests and help him grow and learn. I would recommend the nursery to others.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

We signed up our little one from recommendation from family members. We loved the cosy nursery straight away. The staff are very welcoming. They arranged the place for our little one very quickly and helped her to settle down in two weeks. There are lots of activities, however we are not happy about the children's sleeping area, as it is together with the activity area, maybe this should be separated in the future.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.2 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Good

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Good

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Good

Angela Hemsley, Business Support Manager at Acorns Early Years Centre responded to this review on 18 Feb 2016:

Thank you for your review. With regards to the sleeping areas, our Babies have a separate room with cots in which they sleep. When children move up to our Toddler room, the sleeping area is prepared each day after lunch and separated off from the main activity area. Children that do not wish to sleep are encouraged to spend some 'quiet time' playing or just generally resting. As ever, if you have any concerns please do pop into the see us.

I have been extremely happy with the care and attention my daughter receives at Little Acorns Pre school. My daughter attends the government funded pre school class 4 times a week and the private nursery class once a week both of which I feel extremely confident leaving her with the lovely staff who treat her very well.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My Daughter started at this nursery in Sep 2015, I was so worried about sending her until I met a member of staff who made me feel relaxed and promised to keep me updated in my daughter day to day activities.
She enjoys going to nursery everyday and the lovely ladies in her room are always happy to answer my questions and support all her needs.
I couldn't be happier and would recommend this nursery 100%.
Thank you to all the staff for their caring and support since my daughter started.

How likely would you be to recommend Acorns Early Years Centre? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

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