Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School

Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School

Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School

Our Ethos


Little Acorns is a natural, homely and stimulating Pre-school that children love coming to. We pride ourselves on our parent partnerships that allow key people and families to work together to support children in furthering their learning and development.  We are responsive to children's needs and all children are respected and valued for who they are. The team works together to provide an enriching environment and stimulating, unique experiences that give a sense of awe and wonder. We work with the children to build resilience and independence giving them the confidence to believe in their capabilities

"  Children are happy, safe and settled. Parents talk about the friendliness of staff and how much their children look forward to attending " Ofsted 2019  



We recognise our moral and statutory responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children. We endeavour to provide a safe and welcoming environment where children are respected and valued. We are alert to the signs of abuse and neglect and follow our procedures to ensure that children receive effective support, protection and justice.

Who we are

Little Acorns Pre-School provides care and education for children aged two to five years. We are based within the grounds of Sidegate Primary School, Ipswich. We have two settings within the school's grounds, Acorns and Oaks.

We are an Ofsted registered early years provider following the Early Years Foundation Stage. We are a registered charity run by voluntary trustees.

All  three and four-year-olds are entitled to fifteen hours of funded education a week with a 'registered provider'. Little Acorns is also able to offer funded places to eligible two-year-olds. Please check for the eligibility criteria.

Three and four-year-olds may also be eligible to an additional 15 hours of funding. Please check for the eligibility criteria.

In addition to your childs's government funded 15 hours, you can also pay for additional hours, subject to availability.

Fees are £4.80 per hour, these are payable half termly.

We welcome visitors and are happy to arrange a visit or answer any questions you may have.

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Useful Information

Our Fees

Information regarding funding and fees.

Application Form

Download an application form.


For information and prices.

Term Dates 2019/2020

See when we are open throughout this academic year.

Opening Times

See when we are open during term time in 2019/2020


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Bad weather

 As per our policies, if Sidegate Primary school closes then we also close. The decision is not taken lightly and will only happen if the school grounds are unsafe or there is an emergency maintenance issue.

If the school decides to have a late start we will do the same. This allows time for staff to get to work and make the site safe.

In the event of snow please check our Facebook page, Sidegate website or the school closures website for any updates.

Opening Times

140 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 4JD United Kingdom

01473 712236

Little Acorns is open every day during term time in accordance with Sidegate Primary School.

Morning Session 9am - 12noon

Afternoon Session 12noon - 3pm

Lunch is part of the afternoon session and you are requested to provide a packed lunch.

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Term Dates 2019/2020

Autumn Term

Thursday 5th September 2019 

Half Term is Friday 18th October 2019 - Friday 25th October 2019

Term ends Thursday 19th December 2019

Spring Term

Tuesday 7th January 2020 

Half Term is Monday 17th February 2020 - to Friday 21st February 2020

Term ends Thursday 2nd April 2020

Summer Term

Monday 20th April 2020  

Half Term is Monday 25th May 2020 -Friday 29th  May 2020

Term ends Wednesday 22nd July 2020

Easy Fundraising


We have our very own cause page where you can sign up and start collecting free funds for us whenever you shop online.

Little Acorns Pre-School, 140 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 4JD

Registered Charity No. 1031114

Member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance