"Being at Acorn has helped my child to develop their independence and confidence" 
"Acorn has a safe, warm and encouraging atmosphere" 
Parent Quotes, Parent Survey February 2014


Come and join us at Acorn Playgroup and Pre-School.  We offer flexible sessions:

  • Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm (term time only, see Calendar for term dates)

  • Lunch Club 12pm to 1pm


Playgroup Sessions are held 9am to 12pm, for children from the age of 2

Pre-School Nursery Sessions are held 1pm to 4pm, for children from the term after your child's 3rd birthday to rising 5


  • A non-refundable £30 registration fee* is required to secure your child's place.  This includes a book bag for your child

  • Session fees are £21 per 3 hour session**.  These are paid half termly

  • The term after your child's 3rd birthday, your child will be funded by the government.  Acorn will claim for you

  • When you receive government funding*, you are entitled to 15 hours a week.  If your child attends less than 15 hours with us, the extra hours may be used for the lunch club

  • Acorn offers places within the government funded 30 hours free childcare scheme for eligible applicants.*

  • We accept childcare vouchers as payment and Acorn Playgroup & Pre-School, Welwyn is already registered with a number of schemes


* Criteria applies

** Acorn reserves the right to increase these fees as and when required, but will ensure you are given half a term's notice. 

The Routines


At Acorn we organise our sessions so that the children can choose from, and work at, a range of activities and, in doing so, build up their ability to select and work through a task to it's completion.  We also encourage them to take part in adult-led activities which introduce them to experiences that they may not have chosen themselves and we help them in the process.


More over, the children have the opportunity, and are encouraged, to take part in a wide range of outdoor child-chosen and adult-led activities, in our large secure garden.


We operate an open door policy where parents and carers can ask to talk to the Manager or the Practitioners at any time.  We hold parent consultations, where your key person will provide a written report.


At Acorn Playgroup and Pre-School nursery we also offer extracurricular activities such as French Lessons and Tennis Coaching.

Lunch Club


Acorn Playgroup & Pre-School's Lunch Club is available from when your child turns 3.  It is a social time when the children and adults eat together.  Like our snack time we follow a healthy eating policy and we ask you to bring in a nut-free packed lunch and drink for your child. Lunch Club costs £7 per child, per day.


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Acorn Playgroup and Pre-School Welwyn

Registered Charity Number 1054698