Childcare Provider Details

Widcombe Acorns Pre-School and Forest School
Registration Type
Group Provider


Nurseries & Pre-School

More About The Childcare Provider

Childcare Provider Details


Widcombe Acorns pre-school and Forest School is open to all local children and their families. We provide a caring, nurturing environment, where our children are offered many opportunities to explore, experiment and develop at their own pace.
We have a highly experienced and well qualified childcare team. We invest heavily in on-going training and are always striving as a team to find new and interesting activities and ways to deliver the Early Years Framework and care for our children. We believe a high adult child ratio is essential in providing good quality pre-school care and so we ensure we have one member of staff to every five children during each session.
We are housed in a striking deconsecrated 18th Century church in beautiful grounds. Our rooms are a neutral colour and calm, to encourage listening and communication between our children, and retain many of the settings original features. Outside in our large shady garden, we have raised planting beds, a willow den, story-telling arena with a unique story stage, complete with puppet figures, large tyres to dig in, a chime installation and plenty of loose parts resources to design and build with. There are two large lawns and a wild area with mature trees and many opportunities for bug hunts, exploration and den building. The Forest School side of our gardens houses an outside classroom with a central grill for cooking in the winter months, a base camp, mud kitchen, fire pit area, and plenty of places to explore and role-play.
Established over forty years ago, we currently provide term time only full day-care for up to 45 children (a maximum of 25 per session), aged between 3 years and statutory school age, in the centre of Bath. We are Ofsted registered and are eligible to receive the Early Years Entitlement for children from 3 years. A registered charity, we are managed by our experienced and passionate pre-school leader, along with an annually elected voluntary committee.
Long standing members of the Pre-school Learning Alliance, a national charity which promotes quality care and education for the under fives, we are also proud holders of the Childrens Charter for the sixth year running, of which we hold the Gold award.

Information to support children with additional needs, Special Educational Needs and disability. This is a link to the childcare providers local offer where you will find information about how your individual childs needs can be met.

Registration Type
Day Nursery
Opening Times
MondayFrom 08.00To 16.00
TuesdayFrom 08.00To 16.00
WednesdayFrom 08.00To 16.00
ThursdayFrom 08.00To 16.00
FridayFrom 08:00To 16.00
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The list for a September 2019 entry opened on the 14.01.19. To be eligible to apply your child must turn three by the 31.08.19. Registration forms can be found on our website. We do operate a waiting list for spaces.

What age ranges do you cater for?
From 3 To 4
Cost Information
3-5 yrsPer Hour: £6.25Per Session: £18.75Per Day: £37.50
Further Cost Details

We run an optional breakfast club from 8am - 9.30am, this presently costs £10 and includes a substantial breakfast. There are options to start at 9am, and / or finish at 4 pm, these extras cost £3.15. Normal 'core' hours are 9.30am - 3.30pm.

Local Offer Documents
A commitment to provide a variety of diets A commitment to promote healthy eating Able to use Makaton Able to speak other languages Arts, crafts and messy play Sit and ride equipment including bikes and scooters Books and story time Dressing up Multi-cultural & special needs promoting toys (inclusive toys) Games Construction Natural resources Music, dance and drama Song / rhyme time Sensory toys and equipment Outdoor play equipment Mud garden Forest skills Cooking
Wheelchair access Locked doors and fences Enclosed property Quiet area Accessible property Secure / enclosed outdoor space Dedicated Play Room Large garden Outdoor paved play area
25 can attend at any one time
This data was last updated:
16 January 2020



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St Marks Community Centre
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