The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston

Westmeston Parish Hall, Lewes Road, Ditchling, Hassocks BN6 8RL

The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston, Hassocks, East Sussex
The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston, Hassocks, East Sussex
The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston, Hassocks, East Sussex

The Acorns Nursery School, located at the Westmeston Parish Hall, is Ofsted registered to welcome thirty children. A friendly service, with versatile capabilities for child learning, is maintained by skilled professionals who respect the concerns of parents and take pride in safeguarding each individual child's development.

Each day's itinerary is structured towards key learning goals, such as literacy and numeracy, with sporting activities and outdoor learning goals also fully incorporated.

Group: The Acorns Nursery & Forest School

Person in charge: Ann Butcher (Manager)

Local Authority / Social Services: East Sussex County Council

Number of Staff: 5

Service Offered: Nursery School (Privately Owned), Open term time, Full Day Care

Total Places for Children: 30

Age Range: from 2 years 0 months to 8 years 0 months

Opening Days: Mon-Fri

Opening Hours: Mon-Thu 0900-1430 & Fri 0900-1700

When Closed: School Holidays (Summer Holiday Club available)

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Reviews

9.8 The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston has a Review Score of 9.8 (9.807)

The Review Score of 9.8 (maximum of 10) for The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston is based on a) the Average Rating and b) the number of positive Reviews.

  • a) The Average Rating is 4.8 out of 5 from 23 Reviews over all time. This Average Rating is also the rating value for The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston in Google's Search Results - more info

  • b) The score for the number of positive Reviews is 5 out of 5 from 18 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 4.807 for The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston is calculated as follows: ( (230 Excellents x 5) + (38 Goods x 4) + (6 Satisfactorys x 3) + (1 Poors x 2) ) ÷ 275 Ratings = 4.807

  • 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 5 Points relating to the number of positive Reviews for The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston is based on 18 positive Reviews in the last 12 months and is calculated as follows:

    1. 3 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 + 0.25 = 4

    2. Target of 6 positive Reviews (30 registered maximum number of service users ÷ 5). 18 Reviews ÷ 6 Target Reached = 1

  • 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
    21
  • Good
    2
  • Satisfactory
    0
  • Poor
    0
  • Very Poor
    0
  • Don't Know
    0

How Likely are the Reviewers to Recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston?

  • Extremely LIKELY
    21
  • Likely
    2
  • Don't know
    0
  • Neither Unlikely or Likely
    0
  • Unlikely
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  • Extremely UNLIKELY
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Reviewer Connection to The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston

  • Mother of Child
    21
  • Grandmother of Child
    2

My granddaughter absolutely loves going to nursery, they do different things every day, when I pick her up covered in mud and full of stories about the adventures she just had, I know my daughter picked the right nursery. I would recommend the acorns nursery to anyone. The staff are very caring and seem to enjoy their days as much as the children. Thank you all.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My grandchild really enjoys this setting. The staff are always friendly and welcoming. My grandchild is always happy to go to the setting and is always happy on collection. The staff relay the day's activities and learning at the end of each session.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The Acorns nursery at Westmeston is perfect for my very active boy.
He can release his endless energy riding his bike and exploring the countryside. It is also a great learning experience.
His wonderful teachers have inspired in him a love for reading and writing, science, music and dance. Something I particularly like about The Acorns is how they teach children to respect each other, but also to stand up for themselves and to not give up when they feel they have not been treated fairly. He leaves preschool every day inspired, empowered, well-cuddled and well-exercised.
All in all, a great preparation for school.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.3 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Good

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I think The Acorns at Westmeston is a really good place for children because of all the outdoor activities. This is the reason I looked at The Acorns because I didn't want my children to be shut indoors all day or just have a limited time outside.
They go out in all weathers and are well wrapped up.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Likely

Average Rating: 

 3.6 out of 5

Overall Standard: Good

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Good

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Satisfactory

Care: Good

Activities: Good

Staff: Satisfactory

Food / Nutrition: Poor

Management: Satisfactory

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Good

Value for Money: Satisfactory

I can only describe The Acorns at Westmeston as a truly wonderful place where my child has thrived and enjoys every minute he spends there. From the first day he went and every day since, he can't wait to get in those doors, then out again to explore the forest and trees, ride his scooter with his friends and get lost in his imagination in the wonderful outdoor space that The Acorns offers. All the staff are amazing people who are kind, caring and nurturing, they have identified exactly who my child is and find ways in which to encourage and teach him that are perfect for him as an individual. I can not praise this terrific place enough and will be sad when my child has to leave and take the next steps on to reception.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

My son started nursery at Westmeston in September 2016. It has been great watching him cheer with excitement when we told him he was going to Acorns. He is one of the younger ones however he is included and encouraged to join in with everything. The staff are very friendly and enthusiastic which shows with their great rapport with my son. He has grown and is blossoming under their care which as his Mum I could not wish for more.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.8 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

This has to be the best nursery I have come across - the staff are just so fantastic and the quality of care, attention and learning they give to the children is second to none. My little boy has had the best time at The Acorns Nursery School, Westmeston which is an ideal setting with great outdoor and indoor space and beautiful surroundings. The atmosphere is so positive and so well disciplined at the same time. My little boy actually comes home proud of learning to fold aprons, as well as encouraging the teachers to do boy dancing and play Star Wars games! He has a brilliant time there with show and tells, imaginative play and science lessons, so the fun is mixed in with great learning at the same time. I would absolutely recommend The Acorns Nursery School, Westmeston to anyone looking for a nursery that brings happiness, fun and friendship to their child's day.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

Acorns at Westmeston is a really special nursery. The kids absolutely love the space, nature and the fresh air. The staff are better than you'll find anywhere else. Our daughter always comes back buzzing (and often muddy!) from all the running around outdoors. It's brilliant.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Excellent

Management: Good

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

My son has attended The Acorns since January 2015 and he loves it! The staff are exceptional. They genuinely care and take each child as an individual. Educationally my son thrives in the stimulating environment they provide (both inside and out).

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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: Don't Know

The Acorns Nursery and Forest School was recommended to me by several friends, and now that I am sending my two boys there, I can see why. The staff are very caring and it's evident that they are well "tuned in" to the needs of each child. Communication with parents is excellent, and staff are always available for a chat. My two boys love that they get to spend so much time outdoors - riding scooters, going on woodland walks, etc. The setting couldn't be more idyllic. Overall, we've been so pleased with The Acorns and would highly recommend it.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

Through just two seasons, our little acorn has blossomed from being an observant, inquisitive and playful toddler, tentative in his verbal and physical expression, to becoming a chatty, inclusive, enthusiastic little boy with a keen eloquence, expansive vocabulary and confident enjoyment of his burgeoning physical prowess. The Acorns is a holistic environment, child-led and nurturing in its encouragement of independence and togetherness at the same time, celebrating nature and our part of it, and each other, a home from home. Learning is everywhere, whether in the classroom, garden or the fields and woods beyond. The wonderful Acorns teachers appreciate the value of being present to a child’s imagination and inspiration at any moment so that precious opportunities are made the most of, with careful observations, shared often and eagerly, whether formally or by the door at the end of a fun-filled day. A most special place.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

My son has been attending Acorns Nursery for over a year, starting initially at Lindfield and most recently the last 6 months or so at Westmeston. The Nursery's beliefs and amazing team members have ensured that my child (and all children in their care) is growing mentally and physically beyond our greatest expectations every term! This, added to the unique 'Forestry' elements to my child's learning, is resulting in a very happy, secure and knowledgeable little boy!

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The Acorns Nursery School Westmeston is fabulous. My daughter loves her days there and is always excited to know it's a nursery school day. The staff are fantastic, providing so many creative and fun activities all week. The outside space is vast and the children are given the freedom to run around and ride their scooters or bikes every day. I have nothing bad to say about The Acorns!

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

My 4-year-old daughter attends Acorn Westmeston. It is a mixture of a forest school and a traditional nursery school. They read with every child at each session, make some amazing role play creations, prepare them for school with "show and tell", encourage independence with getting changed, and eating independently. Group sizes seem small at Westmeston, as they have so much space. They bring ride on toys and have as much time outside as possible. Often they take the older children on walks to the downs and into the woodland, a must before your child is shut up in a classroom at school!

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.7 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Good

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Good

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Good

The Acorns, Westmeston is a wonderful nursery in a unique outdoor setting. My son loves the fact that he gets to spend so much time outdoors playing, riding his bike and learning through the woodland school program. The staff are amazing! So supportive and provide the children with a wide variety of activities, games and outdoor fun. My son has learnt so much about space this term and has developed a passion for all things science. The setting really enables the children to be exposed to all the wonderful things nature has to offer while being looked after by such lovely staff.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

We love The Acorns Nursery, and Westmeston is such a great setting. The children have lots of space and freedom, and they are well cared for. The staff provide fun and creative activities.
The owner has the right vision and amazing passion, and incredibly always puts the children first.
I recommend her Nursery wholeheartedly and my children will have long-lasting happy memories of their time there.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

I cannot praise Acorns at Westmeston enough. The staff are brilliant and completely committed to providing the best possible environment to nurture the children.
I have never had any concerns (which is unusual for me) and my son absolutely loves attending. My son will start school this September and I know that he has had the best possible start.
In fact, I think I will cry when he leaves.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 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: Good

Value for Money: Excellent

The Acorns constantly exceed our expectations of what a nursery should provide. The staff are creative, dynamic and, above all else, exceptional at understanding the individual needs of each child.
Our son is always happy to go to nursery and we always know that he is having lots of fun and being very well looked after.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? Extremely Likely

Average Rating: 

 4.9 out of 5

Overall Standard: Excellent

Facilities / Outside Space: Excellent

Learning: Excellent

Resources / Equipment / ICT: Excellent

Care: Excellent

Activities: Excellent

Staff: Excellent

Food / Nutrition: Good

Management: Excellent

Cleanliness: Excellent

Safeguarding: Excellent

Value for Money: Excellent

Westmeston is an incredible rural location with a unique outdoor space where children can freely explore. The staff are excellent. They engage the children, encourage learning, confidence and independence. My son loves his time at Westmeston.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

My daughter goes to Acorns Westmeston as well as Acorns at Stoneywish and loves every minute of it.

The ladies are lovely and the access to a lovely outside play area is great, with lots of space to explore or scoot/ride bikes. My daughter had never had a day when she wasn't really excited to be going to Acorns.

My son also went and loved it too.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

My son loves being part of the Acorns and he happily waves me off so he can start playing with his friends. He settled really quickly and loves that he can take his bike in everyday. I am really impressed with how much my son has learnt and how much confidence he has gained since joining. The staff are all fantastic and ensure parents get feedback on their child's progress.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

We have had an excellent experience at Acorns. I love how outdoors it is. My son is always extremely happy, the indoor activities are fab. The staff are fantastic. It's taken my son a long time to settle in as he is very attached to me, but after all their support he is doing great and comes back telling me something new every time, couldn't be happier!

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

I am extremely happy with Acorns Nursery. My daughter enjoys it and comes back learning so much.

How likely would you be to recommend The Acorns Nursery School & Forest School, Westmeston? 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

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