The Little Acorns House

For children aged 6 months to 2 years old

This house has one main playroom, with separate play areas for mobile and non-mobile children. The two separate play areas give children the opportunity to learn, explore, discover and develop their skills at their own pace. This room has a relaxed happy atmosphere where children feel confident and happy to leave their parents.

The house has a quite area where children can sleep and relax away from other children who are engaged in other activities.

Children are offered a wide range of resources that are organised into different areas of interest and children can access these throughout the day. Areas of interest include:

  • Building and balancing resources which includes mega blocks, bricks and open ended resources, such as boxes, tubes and other recyclable materials.
  • Exploration of malleable materials such as jelly, gloop, water, sand, play dough and other sensory materials.
  • Painting, sticking with glue and using resources such as instruments and small world which enables children to express themselves through creative play.

Practitioners are trained to use different methods of communication, such as Makaton, to support children’s, communication and language. Story sacks and voice play is used to support children’s communication, language and literacy as well as counting and shape recognition.