Welcome to Little Acorns Pre-School

" Children engage in a rich and varied range of activities that interest them and motivate them to learn" Ofsted 2016  


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.

Acorns delivers care and education for our youngest children aged two to three years before they move into Oaks the September after their third birthday.

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 www.suffolk.gov.uk/two for the eligibility criteria.

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

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

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



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.

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Term Dates 2018/2019

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Opening Times

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Opening Times

140 Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, 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.

Term Dates 2018/2019

Autumn Term

Thursday 6th September 2018 to Wednesday 19th December 2018.

Half Term is Friday 19th October 2018 to Friday 26th October.

Spring Term

Thursday 3rd January 2019 to Friday 5th April 2019

Half Term is Monday 18th February 2019 to Friday 22nd February 2019

Easter holidays  Monday 8th April 2019 to Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Summer Term

Wednesday 24th April 2019 to Tuesday 23rd July 2019 

Half Term is Monday 27th May 2019 to Friday 31st May 2019.

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


Registered Charity No. 1174052

Member of the Pre-School Learning Alliance