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Acorn Nursery

Day nursery

Acorn Nursery is part of North Portslade Children’s Centre

Children’s Centre nurseries provide high quality care and learning for children. Well qualified and experienced staff are skilled in meeting children's individual needs in secure and stimulating environments designed to be bright, warm and nurturing.

Acorn Nursery’s aim is to provide a high quality caring, inclusive stimulating and safe learning environment.  The wellbeing and happiness of each child is of utmost importance to us.  We work in partnership with parents to ensure there is a holistic approach to their children’s learning.

We care for babies and children between three months and five years old. Children love our spacious rooms, designed to support their learning whilst they enjoy a variety of stimulating activities. We welcome children from any part of the city. Our team is professional, highly qualified and has a wealth of experience in working with young children.

Acorn Nursery is open 51 weeks of the year.

Our environment

Indoors we provide enabling environments for all age groups. Children enjoy creative and sensory activities, where adults follow their lead and intervene sensitively. We have 3 rooms for 3 age groups, under 2’s, 2-3’s and 3-5’s. Each room is spacious and fully equipped to support the children’s learning through play and exploration.

Outdoors, we have brand new spaces for children to explore, come rain or shine. Children are able to access the gardens for the whole of their sessions, and we have wonderful structured and self-selecting resources for them to explore. Each room has its own outdoor space which follows out to the main shared garden also. We also have a planting area which the children access through adult led activities. We have a brand new climbing structure and safety surface and a new sand pit is coming soon!

Our Staff

Children enjoy free flow activities with the support of sensitive and caring key persons. All staff are either qualified or are working toward their level 3 qualification via the council’s apprenticeship scheme. We operate a ‘key-person’ approach where each child and family has a dedicated worker supporting them with all aspects of their settling, their development and their transitions. We have an Early Years teacher who supports all of the learning across the whole setting. 

Special Education Needs and Disabilities (SEND)

We cater for children with a wide variety of additional needs and differing abilities. We are inclusive and passionate about all children that we care for. We have a fully qualified Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator and many staff are experienced in caring for children with additional needs and some hold SEND qualifications gained through training.

All of the rooms have easy access to the outside spaces, toilets and all play experiences. We have a dedicated space for use with children with SEND where they have small group interventions and one to one support.


We have support from the Ethnic Minority Achievement Service (EMAS) and bilingual support for some of our children. We also have a dedicated inclusion support rep.


We provide breakfast, a hot lunch and a hot tea, which is sourced and cooked locally and delivered fresh to us on a twice daily basis. We can cater for dietary requirements for diagnosed allergies/intolerances and offer a vegetarian option. Our menu runs on a 3 week rolling basis and supports healthy choices for children.

Flexible, emergency and occasional childcare

Ad-hoc sessions may be booked subject to availability for children already attending the nursery. We will consider each request for occasional or emergency childcare on an individual basis, subject to availability.

Transport Options

There is plenty of parking for dropping off and collecting children.
The numbers 1 & 1a buses stop nearby.

Contact details

The Rise
BN41 2PY
01273 293980
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Other details

£60.30 per day standard day 
£30.15 8.00am - 1.00pm or 1.00pm - 6.00pm 
Cost description
Breakfast, lunch and tea in a full day included. Breakfast and lunch in a morning. Tea in an afternoon. Nappies and wipes not included. Meals when not included in a session are £2.30 each.
Age Range
3 months to 5 years.

Opening Times

Opening Times
DayOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday 08:00 18:00
Tuesday 08:00 18:00
Wednesday 08:00 18:00
Thursday 08:00 18:00
Friday 08:00 18:00
When is childcare available?
Summer holiday
Christmas holiday
Easter holiday
February half term
October half term
May half term


Wheelchair access
Special needs experience

Funded Childcare

2 year old funded places offered
3 & 4 year old funded places offered
Registered to provide 30 hours entitlement


Ofsted URN
Registration Date:
Latest Inspection:
Inspection DateInspection TypeInspection Judgement
16/05/2018Inspection (Early Years Register)Good
Ofsted website
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Address: The Rise  Portslade  BRIGHTON 

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